By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
April 24, 2013 — After an early start to the season, East Carter’s softball team has fallen into a midseason slump, according to coach Derek Calhoun.
The struggles continued Thursday night as the Lady Raiders fell to Raceland 6-1 at home to give East its third loss in the last four games.
“I’ve never seen an entire team go in a slump at the same time,” Calhoun said. “We’re putting the ball in play, we’re just not hitting very well.”
The Lady Rams touched up pitcher Morgan Jacobs early thanks to two Savannah Mackie homeruns. She accounted for five of Raceland’s six runs.
“Morgan left the ball over the plate more than she does,” Calhoun said. “She just had two bad pitches the whole game. She was fine the rest of the game.”
Jacobs only gave up seven hits.
“We knew Raceland was a good team,” Calhoun said. “We’re not playing good softball right now. We’re not putting the ball in play like I know we can. It’s a midseason slump and I hope that’s just what it is.”
With just a few weeks remaining before the start of postseason play, Calhoun said now is the time to get things fine-tuned.
“We’re not too concerned,” Calhoun said. “We just have to work out of the slump. We might wake up and everything turns out fine. I just hate to see a whole team go through it at one time.”
With the cancellation of a game on Friday due to weather, Calhoun said it has allowed East to go back to the drawing board to rethink the formula that helped the Lady Raiders go 11-0 to start the season.
“We’ve lucked out to have four or five days off and get back to the basics to get back to how we were at the first of the year,” Calhoun said.
Calhoun has worked on situations on the field for both offense and defense and said his squad has worked hard to figure out how to get out of the slump.
“It’s been a good thing for us,” Calhoun said. “Especially on our swings. We’ve been working on things to get extra swings in and hopefully things will get it turned around.”
East Carter (16-5) had the opportunity to break out of the slump Tuesday night against Fairview. The Lady Raiders will hit the road to Powell County this weekend to play in the Tanner Dodge Classic.
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