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Commanderettes drop first two in Florida

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By John Overby

North Hardin
Washington County Commanderette softball team (3-5, 0-1) had been slumping before this week’s trip to play in the Florida Beach Bash, dropping four of their last five games.

While they are 0-2 thus far in Florida, they did show “some real improvement” in their 2-1 loss against the North Hardin Lady Trojans (2-5), according to WC head coach Paul Coulter.

Senior Hannah Coulter led the charge against the Trojans on the mound, giving up only two hits with two walks and three strikeouts thanks in large part to her changeup.

“She had that pitch working really well, kept them guessing,” coach Coulter said. “We had a lot of pop ups today, mainly on that one pitch.”

In fact, North Hardin scored their only runs of the game on one play.

WC had two errors after a North Hardin bunt, throwing it into right field before committing another error trying to get the ball back in.

Coulter saw this as the only mistake of the entire game for the Commanderettes, but it was a costly one, as those two runs would decide the game.

WC collected six hits on offense but was unable to drive baserunners home.  Senior Olivia Goatley went 2-for-3 in the contest, while junior Mary Beth Lawson and seniors Coulter, Mercedes Cowherd and Kari Creech all went 1-for-3.

Although coach Coulter acknowledged that playing softball was the main purpose of their Florida trip, he also noted that he was looking for the team to “just have a fun trip.”

“We’re trying to let them have some fun outside of playing softball,” Coulter said. “It’s nice to be in the warm weather, and it’s a good opportunity for the team to come together and bond.

I think that will help them play better together as a team.”

Grayson County
The strong outing against North Hardin was a pleasant sight for Coulter after watching his team lose 14-3 to the Grayson County Lady Cougars (9-3) in their first matchup in Florida.

But Coulter attributed most of the team’s rust to the long bus ride from Kentucky.

“They weren’t very focused at the beginning and just weren’t prepared enough to go out and play a game,” Coulter said. “It was a tough way to start off, but we bounced back.”

Errors played a large part in the loss.

Of the 14 runs given up by WC, only four were earned runs.
“Errors have been hurting us all season,” Coulter said. “You can’t give up 10 runs off of errors and expect to win.”

On offense, the Commanderettes had four hits, one single each by seniors Goatley, Coulter and Creech and another by junior Amanda DeWitt. Every WC hit occurred in the fourth inning, with DeWitt driving in two and Creech adding the other RBI.

Mercer County
In their last game before heading to Florida, the Commanderettes were unable to build off of their 14-6 win against Bryan Station in the team’s previous contest, losing to the Mercer County Lady Titans (2-4) by a score of 8-2.

Again, errors told the tale of the game. WC gave up five unearned runs in the third inning, which allowed Mercer to pull away toward the end of the game.

Senior Maddie Abell led the team on offense with 3-for-4 hitting. Freshman Emilee Boblitt went 2-for-4 on the evening, while Goatley, Coulter, Cowherd and Lawson each added a hit.

After playing the Glasgow Lady Scotties (7-6) yesterday after press time, the Commanderettes will have a day off today before playing the North Bullitt Lady Eagles (3-4) at 11 a.m. tomorrow and the Valley View (Ohio) Lady Spartans at 9 a.m. on Friday before making the trek back home.