May 7, 2014 — The weather is not on the side of West Carter softball.
Several games last week were canceled due to rain, forcing the Lady Comets to not play a game since April 24. On Monday, they were back on the diamond for the first time since a 15-0 loss to East Carter, facing a red-hot Boyd County team.
The Lady Lions took advantage of six Lady Comet errors to defeat West 15-0 in three innings.
“We’re definitely rusty,” West Carter Coach Jess Cordery said. “Not playing a game in 10 days will do that to a team. When we’re playing against a team that really hits the ball well, it’s going to cost you. Defensively, we didn’t have our best effort and you add all of that up and it’s a pretty resounding loss.”
Boyd County (16-10) had only six hits but forced West Carter (3-11) to make plays in the field. Errors in both the infield and outfield kept the Lady Lions momentum going throughout the game.
“They’re a really good team,” Cordery said. “They hit the ball well and played good defense. We hit the ball well but it was right at people. The difference was that they turned our hits into outs and we turned their outs in to hits.”
West Carter was just limited to one hit, a single by Patience Jones in the bottom of the first inning. The Lady Comets have struggled to score runs, being shut out six times this season.
“That’s our biggest problem,” Cordery said. “It’s been a couple of games in a row that we haven’t been able to score. If we can’t score, our pitchers have to be near perfect just to keep the game close. That allows no room for error and that puts too much pressure on them.”