March 20, 2013 —
“The hitting will come along but we want to be one of the best pitching and defensive teams in the region,” Calhoun said.
East Carter has not advanced out of the first round of the 16th Region Tournament since the 2003 season, including last season’s 8-1 loss to Fleming County. Calhoun said that loss is stuck in the back of his players' minds and he expects them to use that as motivation.
“It left a bitter taste in their mouth at the end of last year,” Calhoun said. “Something has a fire lit underneath them and you can tell there is a spark there.”
Like the players, the coach’s expectations are just as high but Calhoun said with way they practice, he feels like East Carter will be in the mix come tournament time.
“I’m pretty positive that by the end of the season, they are going to be a lot of people talking about East Carter softball,” Calhoun said.
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