East Carter Lady Raiders capped off another winning week with a five-inning win over their West Carter rivals.
After picking up wins over Morgan County and Russell, the Lady Raiders ended the week 12-2 over the Lady Comets.
The Lady Raiders have averaged over 10 hits per game over 22 games and Thursday’s game was no exception. They tallied another 12 hits.
“That’s the one thing that has surprised me about this team,” said East Carter Coach Derek Calhoun. “I thought we were going to be strong pitching with Hannah and Sky out there. We knew were going to have to play defense, because we weren’t going to get the 15, 16 strikeouts that we did with Montana. But it was nice tonight to get that three run lead with some early hits.”
Lindsey Holmes and Karsen Prichard went two-for-two at the plate. Holmes drew two walks, had three RBIs and hit a double for one of three extra base hits for the Lady Raiders.
Skylier Bloemer and Caroline Young also hit doubles and both tallied an RBI. The remaining hits were made by Audrey Manning, Carra Layne, Emily Goodman, Hannah Williams and Graycee Castle.
Three runs by the Lady Raiders in the top of the first made it an uphill battle for the Lady Comets. The Lady Comets loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, but got held up at one run.
“We didn’t play so well. We had a couple of mistakes. They got bases loaded, no outs, but we got out of the jam,” said Calhoun. “It was a big confidence booster for the girls.”
Karianna Back scored the first run for the Lady Comets. Back reached first on error and was followed by singles by Isabella Shavers and Becca Nolen.
The Lady Comets scored a second run during the fifth inning when Ragan Adkins hit a triple to left field. She was batted in by Laryn Roe.
The Lady Raiders’ win over West Carter put them 5-0 in district play and 17-5 on the season before Monday night’s game against Elliott County.
“They have had that mindset. They knew everybody was going to put us back down to the bottom of the 16th Region. They girls took exception to that. They didn’t like that people thought they were just going to be another team in this region and I think that has fueled us this season,” said Calhoun.
Monday night’s district matchup was senior night for the Lady Raiders. The game featured the team’s four seniors Young, Holmes, Layne and Goodman.