Lady Warriors drop three more games but still improving

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By Tommie Kendall

The Eminence softball team tacked on three more losses last week, but the squad is still improving as the season nears the end.

The Lady Warriors were defeated by Gallatin County (13-1) Monday, Evangel Christian (12-4) Wednesday and Owen County (8-0) Friday, which dropped the young squad to 1-12 with just a week remaining in the regular season.

"We're just tremendously young right now, but I've been thoroughly pleased with the progress we've made so far," Eminence coach Dewayne Douglas said. "There have been improvements from these players from day one. This experience they're gaining now will pay off in the future."

Eminence's closest game last week was against Evangel. The Lady Warriors were behind just 6-4 heading into the fifth inning, but costly errors gave Evangel six runs in the final three innings, which led to the Eminence loss.

"We were right with them, right in the game," Douglas said. "We just started to make mistakes."

Then, at Owen a few days later, the Lady Warriors were able to make contact with the ball for multiple hits, but couldn't connect for hits when they needed them the most as they left base runners stranded throughout and finished with zero runs.

Douglas said it all comes back to the team's youth. Eminence has three freshmen starting, along with two eighth graders and two seventh graders, while there are a handful of other middle school players that are waiting to jump into the rotation.

"It's the same thing each week - we're just young and inexperienced," Douglas stressed.

Eminence is continuing to see some bright spots though. Recently, freshman Candace Wells has been playing extremely well, Douglas said, while freshman Chelsea Mathis is coming along at first base, seventh grader Kelsie Craigmyle has stepped up her game, and senior Ashley Wilson has thrown well from the pitcher's circle.

"We're doing better," Douglas said. "We're hitting better, scoring more runs and improving. We just aren't there yet."

The Lady Warriors' lone win this season has come against Caverna High School in a 19-0 victory April 12.

After their final regular-season contest against Carroll County this Thursday, the Lady Warriors will play Shelby County in the opening round of the 30th District Tournament Monday at 6 p.m. at Spencer County High School.

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