By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
April 10, 2013 — The East Carter Softball team is off to its best start in program history.
At 14-2 in the 2013 season, the Lady Raiders are putting together some solid wins that they hope will cash in during the postseason.
The Lady Raiders played six games in the Play it Again Classic in Clarkesville, Tenn., last week where East went 4-2 to finish seventh out of the 40 team field.
“We played pretty well,” Coach Derek Calhoun said. “We played six really good ball teams, and one of them was ranked in the top 25 in the state, so for us to go out there and compete like we did says a lot about our team.”
East defeated Shelbyville Central, Tenn. 3-1, Stewart County, Tenn. 4-3, Henry County, Tenn. 8-0 and St. Mary 5-0. They lost to Webster County from Western Kentucky 8-4 and West Creek, Tenn. 5-3.
Calhoun said his squad saw a lot of top competition while in the Volunteer state.
“A good thing about going to these tournaments is seeing different types of ball clubs,” Calhoun said. “We are not able to see a lot of competition like that and to see our kids play at that level is a good thing.”
Calhoun went to his bench several times and said everyone gained a lot of experience during those six games.
“We had a few girls on vacation this week and we were a little short-handed but we had a few seventh graders really step up for us. They did exceptionally well.”
“It seemed like every game we had different girls played really well for us,” Calhoun said.
The Lady Raiders will hit the road again Wednesday night when they face off with Bath County. First pitch for that game is set for 5:30 p.m.
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