By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
March 26, 2014 — Raceland freshman Leigh Grubb’s go-ahead double in the top of the seventh broke a 3-3 tie as the Lady Rams defeated West Carter 4-3 Monday evening in Olive Hill.
The Lady Rams (4-0) trailed the entire game heading in to the seventh inning. West (0-3) was up 3-2 before Raceland’s Kelsey Diller smacked a double that scored a run just before Grubb’s hit.
“We’re getting better as time goes on,” Coach Jess Cordery said. “We’ve got a lot of young players who don’t have a lot of varsity experience so we’ve got a long ways to go to finish out games like these.”
Diller and Grubb were each 2-for-4 at the plate.
“Raceland is a very good team,” Cordery said. “They’ve played some great teams and they’re very good defensively. Diller did a great job in limiting our offense. We’re scoring runs but not as many as I would like but we’re a good hitting team and we’ll be competitive in that respect.”
Cordery’s team, despite leading heading in to the final frame committed seven errors in the field and still had a chance to win the game. While the outcome is not what he or West had wanted, he is still happy with his team’s effort.
“We have a ways to go defensively,” Cordery said. “We’re struggling but we are improving since the first scrimmage. We can’t commit seven errors and expect to win but we had a shot all the way until the seventh inning.”
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when West Carter senior outfielder Madison Patrick had a base hit that scored senior Leatha Reynolds. In the next inning, Amber Thornsberry scored on a wild pitch.
Reynolds pitched a complete game, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out nine batters. In addition, she also hit a double that scored a run.
“She is quite a competitor,” Cordery said. “She’s got a lot of internal drive and strives for perfection every time she goes out there. She has a lot of experience and she’s a great leader and we’ll need that as the season goes on.”
Tuesday’s game at Greenup County was canceled due to weather. The Lady Comets will host rival East Carter Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
“I’m not a big believer in staying close is a victory but we have to take baby steps,” Cordery said. “I like the direction we’re heading in hopefully we can move forward and win a few more games down the road.”
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