By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
April 3, 2013 — After scoring 86 runs in the first eight games of the season, East Carter only needed one to get a win on Monday.
Behind the arm of ace Morgan Jacobs, the Lady Raiders shut out Menifee County 1-0 in Grayson.
Jacobs went the distance, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before a one out hit was the only damage the Lady Cats (7-3) could do against the sophomore.
“I pitched well but there are still things that I need to work on,” Jacobs said. “I give credit to our defense, they played really well.”
In addition to only giving up one hit, Jacobs struck out eight batters.
“That’s why she’s number one on the depth chart,” Coach Derek Calhoun said. “She didn’t throw as hard as usual, but she’s the type of girl that’s going to come out and the longer the season goes, the better she’s going to get.”
East Carter (9-0) had trouble figuring out Menifee pitcher Erika Brewer, who had a great game herself. She pitched a complete game, giving up only two hits, both to Tori Qualls that scored the only run of the game in the first inning and while striking out nine Lady Raiders.
“That’s the best pitcher we’ve seen so far this year,” Calhoun said. “She changed speeds well and had a good riseball and fastball and that’s good for us. We need to get in these types of games to tough it out.”
Menifee County had their chances to break up the no hitter but East Carter was lights out defensively. In the bottom of the sixth, Ailee Lawson hit a sharp grounder on the right side but Heather Withrow was there to make the nice play to preserve the no-hitter. That was one of many great plays by East’s defense.
“We played really well defensively,” Calhoun said. “That is something we’re priding ourselves on (defense) and that’s what we want to do the rest of the year.”
The Lady Raiders remain undefeated heading in to a tournament down in Clarksville, Tenn., at the end of the week, but Calhoun is not taking much stock in being undefeated this early in the season.
“We’re a good ballclub,” Calhoun said. “The future is bright for this program and we hope to be hitting our stride once the postseason comes.”
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