http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en Commanders win one, lose two in Bardstown series http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-win-one-lose-two-bardstown-series <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0524_0.jpg" alt="Washington County’s T.J. Graves delivers a pitch during game two of the Commanders’ 3-game series against Bardstown last week. The Commanders won the game 7-5." title="Washington County’s T.J. Graves delivers a pitch during game two of the Commanders’ 3-game series against Bardstown last week. The Commanders won the game 7-5." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Washington County Commanders took on Bardstown March 21, 23 and 24, in the team&rsquo;s first 3-game series of the season. The Commanders took one of the three games, a 7-5 win in the second game, while losing the first 7-6 and the third 10-7.</p> <p> &ldquo;We lost the series 2-1, but learned a lot throughout the week,&rdquo; said head coach Adam Blair.</p> <p> <strong>Washington County 6 Bardstown 7<br /> </strong></p> Commanderettes drop second straight at Hart County http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-drop-second-straight-hart-county <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0863.jpg" alt="Kate Taylor makes a catch at home plate during the Commanderettes’ game against Hart County." title="Kate Taylor makes a catch at home plate during the Commanderettes’ game against Hart County." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Washington County Commanderettes softball team didn&rsquo;t quite have the game it wanted against the Hart County Raiders Friday, losing 13-0 after five innings.</p> <p> Six runs by Hart County in the first inning very quickly put the Commanderettes in a big hole, and they were stifled on offense, unable to get runners into scoring position. Washington County didn&rsquo;t get a runner to third base until the top of the fourth inning, and she was stranded there.</p> Commanders fall to Marion County in season opener http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-fall-marion-county-season-opener <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8864.jpg" alt="Washington County’s Josh Graves throws a pitch during the Commanders’ 4-2 season opening loss to Marion County Friday." title="Washington County’s Josh Graves throws a pitch during the Commanders’ 4-2 season opening loss to Marion County Friday." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Washington County&rsquo;s baseball season opener started off well, but a few late-game errors led to a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Marion County Knights Friday.</p> <p> Head coach Adam Blair said his team played well overall, but errors kept them from keeping the momentum, and Marion County took advantage.</p> <p> &ldquo;We started off scoring runs in the first two innings and playing well on both sides of the ball,&rdquo; Blair said. &ldquo;Overall, we played well for the first game.&rdquo;</p> Commanderettes fall to Elizabethtown in opener http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-fall-elizabethtown-opener <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9562.jpg" alt="Sophomore Maddie Pettus throws a pitch during the first inning of the Commanderette’s game against Elizabethtown Thursday." title="Sophomore Maddie Pettus throws a pitch during the first inning of the Commanderette’s game against Elizabethtown Thursday." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;The Washington County Commanderettes softball team didn&rsquo;t quite get off to the start it was hoping for, losing its season opener at Elizabethtown 15-3 Thursday. The game ended after five innings.</p> <p> Washington County was able to string a few good hits together and scored some runs late in the game, but a 10-run third inning by Elizabethtown put the game out of reach.</p> <p> Head coach Christy Baker was disappointed to start the season with a loss against a quality team.</p> Commanderettes top Pulaski County in preseason scrimmage http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-top-pulaski-county-preseason-scrimmage <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8464.jpg" alt="Sophomore Haylee Graves stands ready to bat at home plate during the Commanderettes’ 11-5 road victory over Pulaski County." title="Sophomore Haylee Graves stands ready to bat at home plate during the Commanderettes’ 11-5 road victory over Pulaski County." align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p> The Washington County Commanderettes grabbed an early 3-0 lead and never trailed on their way to an 11-5 victory over Pulaski County Thursday.</p> <p> Commanderette head coach Christy Baker said she was very pleased with her team&rsquo;s performance against a good Maroons team.</p> <p> &ldquo;I was pleased with our defense, especially since we have a few ladies in new positions,&rdquo; Baker said.</p> Baseball starts preseason with win at Hart County http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/baseball-starts-preseason-win-hart-county <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/14_pitching_2.jpg" alt="Senior Michael Chastain pitches during the sixth inning of the Commanders’ win over Hart County. Chastain allowed no runs in the inning and helped secure the win for Washington County." title="Senior Michael Chastain pitches during the sixth inning of the Commanders’ win over Hart County. Chastain allowed no runs in the inning and helped secure the win for Washington County." align="left" hspace="6" width="96" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;It was the beginning of a new season for the Washington County Commanders baseball team on Friday, March 3, and it started out just as everyone hoped: with a win. The Commanders took on Hart County in pre-season play and came away with a 9-3 win. Head coach Adam Blair was pleased with how his team performed against the host Raiders.</p> <p> &ldquo;The game went well for our first time stepping on the field against another team,&rdquo; Blair said.</p> Blair’s Commanders open season as two-time district champs http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/blair%E2%80%99s-commanders-open-season-two-time-district-champs <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/coach_and_players.jpg" alt="Commander baseball coach Adam Blair talks with is team during a recent practice." title="Commander baseball coach Adam Blair talks with is team during a recent practice." align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> As this crazy weather season moves into March, high school baseball follows soon after at Washington County High School. For head coach Adam Blair, he expects his team to heat up very quickly this season.</p> <p> Blair enters his third season as coach of the Commander baseball team. During his time as coach, the team has won two consecutive district championships and has been successful in district play, posting a 17-3 district record last season. For obvious reasons, Blair says he expects more of the same this year.</p> Baker’s Commanderettes set to defend first district title http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/baker%E2%80%99s-commanderettes-set-defend-first-district-title <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/coaching_players.jpg" alt="Commanderette softball coach Christy Baker works with her team in preparation for the start of the season." title="Commanderette softball coach Christy Baker works with her team in preparation for the start of the season." align="left" hspace="6" width="96" height="85" /><p> Success is always something to savor and enjoy. For the Washington County softball team, coming off its most successful season ever last year, expectations are high for head coach Christy Baker and her players, and confidence is growing for the upcoming season.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking good so far,&rdquo; Baker said.</p>