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It wasn’t the type of performance Coach Paul Coulter was hoping for as they head into postseason play, when his Washington County softball team fell to Marion County (22-9) by a 15-1 score in their regular season finale last Friday.
“There weren’t a lot of positives to come out of this game,” said Coulter. “We knew going in that Marion County was a good hitting team and we would have to minimize our mistakes. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that.”
The Commanderettes managed only two hits in the game against the Lady Knights’ ace pitcher Ashley Walls.
One of those came in the top half of the opening inning, when Olivia Goatley led off the game with a single. She later came around to score on a Lady Knight error.
Walls settled down after Tori Lawson reached on that error. She retired 15 of the next 16 batters she faced, allowing only a lead-off single to Amanda DeWitt in the fifth inning.
“She is a good pitcher,” Coulter noted. “She has good speed and mixes up her pitches well. We were able to make good contact on some at-bats, but we hit it right at someone. I think the kids lost their confidence when that happened.”
The winners, on the other hand, pounded out four hits in the first inning to take a 4-1 lead. After scoring a single run in the second inning, they scored five runs in the third and fourth innings on five and three hits, respectively.
Despite the setback, which dropped Washington County’s record to 10-13, Coulter had high hopes for his team when they played Nelson County yesterday in their opening 19th District game.
The teams split their regular season matchups with Nelson County, winning 11-3 on April 8, before the Cardinals got revenge, 9-5, on April 25.
The winner of the second round matchup will play in the district championship on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Idle Hour Park.