Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

April 24, 2013

West softball blows by Morgan

By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Journal-Times

April 24, 2013 — The West Carter softball team looks to be hitting its stride with just a few weeks left in the regular season.

On Monday night against Morgan County, the Lady Comets were hitting everything.

Megan Centers hit a two-run home run and Brooke Callihan had two hits including a triple as West defeated Morgan 16-3 in five innings.

Centers, who sent a pitch sailing over the left field fence in the fourth inning, said she and her team are seeing the ball a lot better and it’s translating to victories.

“It felt good when I hit it,” Centers said, who also reached on an error and a base hit. “It was a big win for us. Everyone was hitting the ball and Morgan’s pitcher was throwing a lot of us we’re able to put in play.”

“We’ve struggled early on because we had to cancel a lot of games,” Callihan said. “Seeing different speeds from different pitchers has really improved our batting.”

Coach Greg Reynolds’ team has now won three of its last four games, averaging 10 runs per game.

“If we keep doing that, we’ll be hard to beat,” Reynolds said.

In what seemed like every player hit the ball hard against the Lady Cougars, West (6-5) seemed to get hit after hit that translated to a big 62nd District victory.

“We hit well in spurts,” Reynolds said. “It seems like when one or two hits, we all get in on it. We’re not going to do that every time. We’re getting better.”

Leatha Reynolds also had four hits for the Lady Comets and four RBIs for West Carter. Patience Jones also had a hit and an RBI. Alyssa Shelton had an RBI.

The Lady Comets also took advantage of several errors and wild throws to push runs across the plate.

With the win over Morgan, West Carter controls its own destiny when it comes to the 62nd District. With a 4-1 record inside the 62nd, if West can beat East Carter on May 3, the Lady Comets will be the No. 1 seed heading into the district tournament.

“We should be ready for that,” Reynolds said. “They help us with their power for tournament play. The atmosphere and the emotions are the same in a regional game as it is in a rivalry game.”

West Carter traveled to Ashland Tuesday night to take on the Kittens. They will participate in the Boyd County Spring Classic this weekend.

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