By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
May 22, 2013 —
The East Carter softball team has seen its bats come alive as of late. Now they are reaping the reward as they gear up to play for a 62nd District Championship.
The Lady Raiders defeated Morgan County 11-1 in six innings on Monday to advance to the championship for the tenth time in the past 11 seasons.
“It’s always good to be there,” East Manager Derek Calhoun said. “Win or lose, you get in the region and have a chance. That’s all we ask for.”
Seventh grade sensation Montana Fouts continued to dazzle for the Lady Raiders, pitching all six innings, giving up one hit and striking out eight Lady Cougars.
“Montana pitched an excellent ball game,” Calhoun said. “Give Morgan credit though, they have improved over the years. They beat us earlier in the season and our girls had it in the back of their minds and they played with a chip on their shoulder. They wanted to take care of business and get a chance to win a district championship.”
East (23-11) pounded out 12 hits against Morgan. Jordyn Wiler went 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Fouts helped herself out at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI and Kayla Hall had a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI.
“We hit the ball really well bats are starting to come alive in the past few game so hopefully it carries over,” Calhoun said. “From top to bottom we hit really well. We ran the bases, had timely hits. It was a real team effort.”
One bugaboo for East this season is committing errors in the field and while the Lady Raiders had only one miscue on Monday, Calhoun gave credit to his team’s defense.
“We played well defensively,” Calhoun said. “(Morgan) put the bat on the ball and we have stressed since day one to play well on defense and we’re getting better at it.”
East Carter squared off with West Carter for the third time this season in Tuesday’s District Championship game. Back on April 13, East bested West 2-1. The Lady Comets returned the favor on May 3, defeating the Lady Raiders 2-0. This makes the third straight season these two teams have played in the 62nd District title contest.
“I know what is on these girls minds and that’s to bring home a District Championship,” Calhoun said. “The last few years it’s been a one or two run ball game but I think it’s our turn to shine. They’ve had our number. My girls are ready to go. Hopefully we come out and play the best we have all season.”
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