Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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May 1, 2013

Softball Raiders pick up win in Tanner Dodge Classic

May 1, 2013 — The East Carter softball team has had a rough month of April. Since starting the season 14-1, the Lady Raiders have gone 3-7 heading into May.

This past weekend in Powell County, East Carter participated in the Tanner Dodge Classic, picking up one win against the defending 14th Region Champion Perry County Central 11-4. However, they suffered two losses at the hands of Montgomery County 9-7 and Wolfe County 9-3.

“We didn’t play bad,” Manager Derek Calhoun said. “Against Montgomery County, we made a couple of mistakes with some base running. We had errors and in the field, if we get a few of those back, and it’d be a different outcome.”

One thing that East (17-8) has lacked in the past few weeks is making contact with the ball. This past weekend, Calhoun said it seems like his squad’s bats are showing signs of waking up.

“We had more than dozen hits against Perry Central,” Calhoun said. “With the way we’ve been swinging the last few weeks, I’ll take that.”

Calhoun has preached to his team to come ready to play every inning.

“No matter who we play, we have to come out and play,” Calhoun said. “If you don’t play well, you’re going to get beat.”

Against Wolfe County, Calhoun said his team got behind a few runs and could not get over the hump.

“We just make sure they understand that when we make a mistake, keep your head up and can’t draw it out the rest of the game,” Calhoun said.

The East Carter manager believes now is the time to turn the corner as district tournaments begin in less than three weeks.

“You can tell there is a different demeanor to where we are going to be right in the mix,” Calhoun said. “In this region there is no gimmes. From the top to bottom, it's good. Right now, there are seven or eight teams that can win it.”

East played Rowan County Tuesday in the “Hit for a Cure” game where all proceeds go toward breast cancer research. They will play at Greenup County on Thursday before returning home to face West Carter on Friday.

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

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