West Carter Lady Comets softball returned to action after spring break.
The week was packed with games. The Lady Comets fell short, 12-5, against Bath County in the 16th Region “All A” tournament before splitting games in the Keith Carver Classic at Mason County. They picked up their second win this season against Mason County, 7-3.
The Lady Comets ended the week at home against Lewis County. The Lady Comets showed some fight, but ultimately fell, 8-1, against the Lady Lions.
“Keep the runners off the base by not giving up walks and clean up the errors, we’re in this game,” said West Carter Coach Chris Shelton.
“Lewis County is one of those teams that has come out of the middle of nowhere. They are playing pretty well and could contend for a regional title this year. So, I am happy with the way we played for the majority of the game.”
The Lady Comets held the Lady Lions scoreless for two innings but suffered a rough third inning. They gave up five runs on five hits in the third and made three fielding errors.
“That’s kind of been our story for most of the games this year. It is really about us being able to clean it up and pay more attention to what we are doing,” said Lady Comets centerfielder Regan Adkins. “Some innings we’re paying attention and playing sharp, but then we have a few innings where we throw the ball around and don’t know what we are doing. As the season continues, we’re seeing less and less of those errors. We’re just hoping by districts we’ll have cleaned it up and put ourselves in games like tonight.”
Hitting one deep in right field, Kayla Sullivan batted in the first two runs with an inside the park homerun. Hailey Evans scored the first run after getting on base with a single to start the inning.
Evans went three-for-four at the plate and hit one of three extra base hits for the Lady Lions.
Emily Cole and Madison Liles hit a pair of singles following Sullivan’s homerun. Summer Egbert, courtesy runner for Cole, scored on an infield fielding error and Liles walked home with bases loaded. Lexie Sizemore batted in the last run of the third by blasting a ground ball past second base.
The Lady Comets’ defense highlighted the fourth inning with a double play. Sullivan made it to first with a single but was tagged out advancing to second base.
The play started with Lady Comets’ pitcher Becca Nolen. Nolen fielded a ground ball to second baseman Karianna Back. Back threw to first for the double play.
The Lady Comets scored their only run in the fifth. Adkins scored on a single by Madison Hanshaw.
Adkins slid safely into home after hitting a single to get the Lady Comets started. She was three-for-three against Cole, pitcher for Lewis County.
“She throws consistently and has good speed, but for me it was just getting a jump on the ball early, just attacking the ball, staying relaxed up there in the batter’s box,” said Adkins.
The Lady Lions scored three more runs in the seventh inning to stretch out the score. Emily Eldridge drew her fourth walk of the night followed by a single by Natalie Stone. Cole hit a single for two RBIs. Runs were scored by Egbert, Evans and Sarah Weddington.