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In only two games this season, the Washington County Commanderette softball team (2-0) has already scored 38 runs, a feat that last year’s squad didn’t reach until its fifth contest.
Twenty-four of those runs were scored in Saturday’s 24-11 win against the Paris Lady Hounds (0-2), but for head coach Paul Coulter, the key to the victory was his team’s speed and their ability to draw walks.
“We drew a lot of walks, and once we got on base, a lot of times we would steal our way around to third,” he said. “We’ve got really good team speed, and we tried to use that to our advantage.”
Coulter was especially impressed with how his team was able to handle the long road trip to Paris only one day after they travelled to John Hardin.
He lauded his team’s five seniors for their leaderships and multiple underclassmen for their ability to perform, including freshmen Emilee Boblitt and Madison White.
“Emilee had a solid game for us on offense and defense,” he said. “She did a great job. And Madison did a great job for us, too. She did everything we could have asked.”
The team was not originally scheduled for an away game on Saturday, however. The Commanderettes were initially supposed to face Paris at home, but according to Coulter, they were forced to hit the road because of renovations to WC’s field.
“They’re doing new dugouts, a new fence for us, but the work has not been completed yet,” he said. “We have another home game coming up on Thursday, so our goal is that we’re hoping to have it in playable condition by then.”
But he added that they might not have it “all the way completed” until after spring break.
Coulter pointed to his team’s defense as the main reason for its 14-3 win over John Hardin last Friday evening.
The Commanderettes did not commit any errors in the contest, despite dealing with strong winds throughout the game, which Coulter described as “a tough thing to do.”
“Our defense was really solid all night, I thought,” he said.
Senior Hannah Coulter picked up the win on the mound, striking out eight batters while only walking three.
On offense, the Commanderettes recorded nine hits as a team.
“Basically, in both games last week, we had a good team effort,” coach Coulter said. “Our hitting and our scoring was spread out pretty evenly, and that helped us pick up the wins.”
The Commanderettes played their first district game of the season against Nelson County yesterday after press time. Full coverage of the game will be available in next week’s edition of The Springfield Sun.
The next game for WC will be this Thursday night as they host the Taylor County Cardinals.