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Coach Derek Calhoun congratulates Graycee Castle on her sixth season home run hit during the first inning of the Lady Raiders' 16th Region tournament game against Raceland. (Photo by Krystal Williams)

East Carter Lady Raiders suffered a tough loss to Raceland, the regional runners up, in the first round of the 16th Region tournament.

“We just didn’t have our A game today. That’s gonna happen. You just hate for it to happen when your season is on the line. Today just wasn’t our day though,” said East Carter Coach Derek Calhoun.

Raceland showed up hot at the plate scoring 18 runs in four innings to defeat the Lady Raiders 18-1.

The Lady Rams hit four homeruns, one triple and three doubles. They had a total of 17 hits.

“They are a good hitting team. We knew that coming in but like they said we ran into a buzz saw. That is why they are one of the best hitting teams in the state of Kentucky,” said Calhoun.

Rylee Austin started things off with a two-run homer over right field following Raegan West having drawn a walk as leadoff in the top of the first inning.

Austin was four-for-four at the plate with a pair of homers, a triple and a single. She batted in six runners.

Lady Raiders pitcher Sklier Bloemer struck out one and the defense closed out the inning holding the Lady Rams to just two runs in the first.

Graycee Castle responded well to a hard first inning by hitting a home run over left field.

“She got a pitch she liked and she drove a ball. Even after that we had a chance or two to score a couple more that inning. We just couldn’t move runners over to squeak a couple out. It’s in game like this that you have to be able to put a bunt down, move girls over and get big hits there. That was just something we didn’t do today,” said Calhoun.

It was all downhill from there as the Lady Raiders struggle to get out of the second and third innings. The Lady Rams tallied an incredible 15 hits over the next three innings.

Chloe Collins hit her 14th season homer in the top of the fourth, and Kierston Smith hit a two-run homer in the third.

The Lady Rams advanced to the semifinals beating Boyd County 9-4 before falling to the Champs, Ashland, 12-0 in the finals. The Lady Raiders ended the season 28-10.

“We can’t dwell on today. Today wasn’t our day, but the one thing that these girls can takeaway is that they were a team everyone counted out at the start of this year. To finish 28-10, I am extremely proud of the girls and the effort they put in during the off season and during the season. It speaks volumes of the level of talent we have and the level of talent we had last year. I couldn’t be more proud,” said Calhoun.

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