For the first time in six years, both the Eminence baseball and softball teams won on the same night and on their home fields.
While the baseball squad was beating Evangel Christian 5-2 last Tuesday night, on the adjacent softball field the Lady Warriors were beating Williamstown 11-10. It was the first time both teams got wins on the same night at home since they defeated Carroll County on May 13, 2004.
With the regular season finishing up this week and the 30th District tournaments starting on Monday night, it was a big boost for the Eminence teams. The Lady Warriors picked up their seventh win of 2010 to improve to 7-14 overall, while the Warriors picked up win number two and are 2-9.
Both teams are improving, evident by the recent play. For Bill Covington, who took over the softball program this season, he has seen positive signs from a young group of girls who want to get better each time out.
“We talked earlier in the season about how we want to build the program, taking one step at a time like climbing stairs,” Covington said. “We’re just trying to improve on something every game we’re playing, and I see that from the team so far. The attitude is still there and everyone is giving the effort. I’ve been really pleased.”
Mark Payton, in his second season as the baseball team’s head coach, said he is concentrating on the younger players to build for the future, but he too has been impressed with his team’s progress. Despite the youth, the potential is there.
“I’m just trying to get these guys to believe in themselves,” Payton said. “They have the potential, they just have to find it. I tell them all the time that if they don’t like losing, then find a way to win. That’s something we’ve been trying to do.”
The Eminence baseball team played more relaxed than it has all year, jumped out to an early lead over Evangel Christian last Tuesday night, then held on for the 5-2 win to grab that second feel-good moment of 2010. The Warriors also beat Silver Grove, 10-2, on April 19.
Meanwhile, on the nearby softball field, it took the Lady Warriors an extra inning to get the 11-10 win over Williamstown. They have also beaten Kentucky Country Day (13-6), Whitefield Academy (14-4), Evangel Christian (15-8), KCD (16-1), Louisville Collegiate (15-0) and Lexington Christian (11-1) this year. The seven wins is the most since the squad went 7-18 in 2004.
Neither Payton nor Covington could be reached for comment following last Tuesday’s games and no stats were available by press time.
After finishing the regular season this week, both teams will be at Anderson County High School for the postseason Monday night. The baseball team plays Shelby County and the softball team plays Anderson County — both games start at 6 p.m.
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