Against one of the best pitchers in the state, the batting can be tough.
And for the Eminence High School softball team, the hitting wasn’t happening last week against Shelby County’s Haleigh LeCompte. LeCompte pitched a perfect game, striking out 11 Lady Warriors in just five innings.
“They had a really nice pitcher, and we struggled hitting it,” EHS coach Chris Nethery said. “We didn’t play horribly.”
The Lady Warriors cut down on their errors once again, committing just five, and even then, Nethery said, that could be attributed to Shelby County playing very smart offense. “It wasn’t really us not doing what we were supposed to do, but them finding holes and putting (the ball) where they needed it to go,” he said.
Eminence coughed up six runs early, before putting together two solid innings of defense. They held Shelby County to seven runs until the fifth and final inning, when the Lady Rockets piled on three more runs.
Overall, Nethery said, the effort in the game wasn’t bad. “We just gave up seven (runs) early,” he said. “We had two great innings of defense, and caught everything that came to us.”
The game was another demonstration for Nethery of the importance of playing softball outside of the high school season.
“We’re going up against a team that’s played together for many years,” he said. “They went out and played ball on the AAU circuits. Right now ... they’re a more complete team than what we have.”
Nethery said many of the Lady Warriors may not have done much in the off season in prior years, but believes that is changing.
“That’s not where a lot of these other teams are at,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of Saturday and Sunday stuff happening. They’re showing us that they want to get better. It’s just ... once the season is over, will they continue to do that?”
The Lady Warriors were at Trimble County Monday night and faced Frankfort at home Tuesday. They will play Evangel Christian at home on Wednesday, before hitting the road to Frankfort Friday and Gallatin County Saturday.
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