Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

April 16, 2014

East takes care of Lewis

By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Journal-Times

April 16, 2014 — Strong pitching and solid defense seems to be the method of operation for East Carter’s softball team.

The Lady Raiders got another strong outing from eighth grade pitcher Montana Fouts and the defense behind her only committed one error as East took care of Lewis County 10-0 in five innings in Grayson on Wednesday night.

Fouts pitched all five innings, giving up only two hits and struck out nine Lady Lions in the win.

“Montana had an excellent performance as always,” East Carter Coach Derek Calhoun said. “She only gets better with time and we’re very pleased to have her out here.”

East Carter (12-3) took advantage of four Lewis errors and six walks in the first three innings turned them into three runs to jump ahead of the Lady Lions.

“We’re going to have games like that where we don’t hit as well as we’d like,” Calhoun said. “We’re learning every day out here and we saw different pitching than we’ve seen this year. She threw a lot of different pitches at us and it took us a while to get it going.”

Coach Kayla Lykins was upset with her team after the game since they played so well the night before against Greenup County.

“We played our best game of the year (Tuesday) night against Greenup County,” Lykins said. “We come out here tonight and have more errors in the first two games than we have all season. We’re young and make mistakes but not typically like that.”

Lady Raider juniors Alexis Pennington and Whitney Hall provided the punch at the top of the lineup, combining to go 5-for-5 and reaching base in all four of their at bats.

Pennington scored three runs and had two RBI on a double in the fourth inning. Hall brought in two runs of her own, one on a single in the first inning and a double in the second frame. Junior Jordyn Wiler went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

“We’ve been stressing solid contact these past few games,” Calhoun said. “If we want to compete with the best teams in the region, we have to be consistent at the plate. We have to get on base and when we do that, we have to bring runs in.”

Fouts, Laura Green and Lesleigh Sexton each recorded hits.

If there was one thing that Calhoun had concern about it’s the seven runners left on base.

“That’s way too many but that’s how it goes,” Calhoun said. “We can’t go up and ask them to get a hit every time. We’re young.”

Lewis’ Jolyssa Cortez and Paige Kennedy had the only hits off Fouts.

“They have got to want to play and hit the ball,” Lykins said. “They have to show me that they care enough to come back from that. We came out flat and showed no emotion and did not communicate at all.”

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at mbates@journal-times.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

LEWIS CO. 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2 4

EAST CARTER 4 2 1 2 1 - 10 10 1

WP – Fouts, Green.

LP – Rizzo, Stamm.

2B: W. Hall, Pennington, L. Sexton (East Carter)