By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
May 8, 2013 —
When East and West Carter met on the softball diamond back on April 13, the Lady Raiders took advantage of an error to win the first matchup.
On Friday in Grayson, turnabout was fair play as West turned the tables on their rivals, scoring two runs on an error as the Lady Comets defeated East 2-0.
“The situation was kind of reversed,” West Manager Greg Reynolds said. “We’re pretty evenly matched.…it was a good team win.”
The game was a pitcher’s duel from the beginning with West’s Leatha Reynolds and East’s Montana Fouts.
Dead locked at 0-0 in the sixth with two runners on base, senior first baseman Megan Centers smacked a ball toward the right side of the infield. The ball was not fielded, allowing Leatha Reynolds and Alyssa Shelton to score.
“It felt pretty good,” Centers said. “I’m not sure if it hit a rock or her shoe but I’m glad we got those two runs in.”
Reynolds was efficient, throwing a complete game five-hitter while striking out eight Lady Raiders.
Fouts gave up six hits and had 11 punchouts.
That has been the story the past few weeks for East Carter (17-11) as they have lost 10 of their last 15 games since starting the year at 12-1. Manager Derek Calhoun said his team is struggling to hit the ball.
He said they are pitching well, but committing errors that lead to runs being scored “They’re a good ball team and we have games like this,” Calhoun said. “We’ve been swinging the bat well and we come out and lay an egg. We’re going to have to learn how to hit the ball. We had a few errors but our main problem right now is hitting the ball.”
West Carter, who has won the 62nd District Championship for four straight seasons will now head in to this year’s postseason as the No. 1 seed.
“Our key is to defend our district,” Greg Reynolds said. “Our girls came out and played like they are capable of.”
East had its chances, but the Lady Raiders left seven runners on base, including two in two innings.
“We’ve got to get key hits to bring those runners in,” Calhoun said. “We couldn’t get a hit in the grass to score somebody. That’s what we’re going to have to do before the postseason gets here.”
Now the Lady Comets (9-11) have their eyes set for a fifth straight district title when the postseason rolls around in less than two weeks.
“It’s the best win we’ve had all season,” Centers said. “Now we have the top seed in the district.”
East Carter did bounce back Saturday, defeating Bath County 12-5. The Lady Raiders will travel to Raceland on Thursday.
West Carter will host Greenup County Thursday.
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