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The Washington County Commanderette softball team (10-14, 4-3) took three out of its four games over the past week and is only two games away from the end of the season (although there is the possibility of adding one more game).
WC blanked the Burgin Lady Bulldogs (6-13) in five innings of work to cap off its recent hot streak.
The 14-0 victory was the team’s third straight win, which is currently the longest win streak of the season.
One major factor in the streak has been the Commanderettes’ offense. The 14-run explosion against Burgin marked their 44th run during the win streak, which, surprisingly, is only the team’s second highest output over a three-game stretch this season (they scored 49 in their first three games).
Mary Beth Lawson led the team in hits with her 3-for-3 effort at the plate. Senior Hannah Coulter, who started all three games during the streak, earned the win in the pitcher’s circle.
“We’d been off for three days straight with prom and Mother’s Day, so we didn’t hit the ball as well as we would’ve liked,” head coach Paul Coulter said. “But we were able to end the game early. It was a pretty good game overall. It should be a good confidence-booster for the district tournament.”
District seeding was on the line when the Commanderettes faced off at home against the Thomas Nelson Generals (3-19-1, 1-5) last Thursday, and WC won in three innings by a score of 17-2.
To add to the team’s motivation, the game also served as senior night for WC’s five senior players (Mercedes Cowherd, Kari Creech, Maddie Abell, Olivia Goatley and Hannah Coulter).
“It was easy to motivate the team in this game,” coach Coulter said. “They just came out really focused and got the W that we needed to get.”
Defensively, the Commanderettes only committed one error, which Coulter noted as “an improvement for us.”
But WC got off to a slow start on offense, considering the final score.
After two innings, they led 5-0, but Thomas Nelson would cut its deficit to 5-2 before the Commanderettes took control. WC plated 12 runs in the third frame to secure the easy win and sew up the No. 2 seed in the district tournament.
In a game dedicated to the seniors, the quintet combined for 14 hits in the three innings of work. Goatley, Coulter, Abell, Lawson and Creech led the team with three hits each, but every player in the Commanderettes’ lineup was able to register a hit before the game ended.
The win that started the Commanderettes on their current tear was a 13-5 victory over the Bryan Station Lady Defenders(4-22).
However, it seemed toward the beginning of the game that Bryan Station would easily control it. In fact, the Defenders were up 4-2 going into the fourth inning.
But a five-run fourth inning would give the Commanderettes the lead for good.
WC was led on offense by Coulter and junior Amanda DeWitt, who each recorded three hits.
Goatley and freshmen Emilee Boblitt and Madison White added two hits apiece.
Despite a 2-0 loss to the Mercer County Titans (18-12) last week, coach Coulter was happy with the way his team played … once his team worked the kinks out, that is.
Two errors in the first three at-bats resulted in two runs for Mercer, which proved to be more than enough to win the game.
While the damage was done early on, Coulter saw major improvement in every aspect of the game throughout.
WC led the game off with a hit but would go eight straight plate appearances with a strikeout. After breaking out of this slump, though, the Commanderettes played well enough to win in the last few innings. They even produced one more hit than the Titans did on the evening (6 to 5). It was just too late to make
“We just didn’t hit the ball well enough to start the game,” Coulter said. “We hit a lot of shots straight to them. If one of those gets through, that could have been the difference.”
Goatley led the team with 2-for-3 hitting.
Coulter suffered the loss but didn’t give up an earned run. She struck out five batters and walked two.
The team has two more scheduled games left in the regular season and is looking to add a third. They will play a road game at Lexington Christian (16-12) today before hosting Marion County (15-8) on Friday.
The district tournament will start next Monday with WC playing No. 3 seed Nelson County in the second game (currently scheduled for 6:30 p.m.). The Commanderettes split the season series with Nelson during the regular season, grabbing the win in their most recent meeting.
The winner would clinch a berth in the regional tournament and a chance at winning the district championship on Wednesday.