Lady Warriors pick up 2nd win

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

As they finish up their regular season this week, the Eminence Lady Warriors are staring at a giant.

To open next week’s 30th district tournament, Eminence will host Anderson County.

“It’s a tough draw, but anytime you’re in our district, it’s going to be a tough draw,” coach Chris Nethery said.

Being focused and ready to play, he said, will be critical. The Lady Warriors also have to find a way to hit the ball against either one of Anderson’s solid pitchers.

Eminence picked up a confidence booster Monday night as they played Whitfield Academy to a 13-7 earned win.

“Everybody hit the ball well in this game,” Nethery said.

But the team dug an early hole — a 7-0 deficit that could have squashed them. After getting battered for the seven early runs, the Lady Warriors battled back in a big way. It was symptomatic of their season.

“Sometimes, they get motivated,” Nethery said, saying that frequently, the team will have one bad inning but put together four or five good ones. “A lot of it’s just learning how to play and knowing that every play counts, every play matters.”

Last week, the team went 0-4 in games against Trimble County, Frankfort and Gallatin County.

Eminence suffered a 0-15 loss to Trimble on May 4, with catcher Kelsie Craigmyle picking up a double. Nethery said she threw out three opponents from her spot behind the plate.

On May 5, the Lady Warriors hosted Frankfort in a double-header. The afternoon started rough, with Frankfort handing Eminence a 6-15 loss before fighting their way to a 2-9 loss in the nightcap. In the double-header, Nethery said Craigmyle and Candace Wells had good games.

Saturday, at Gallatin County, Eminence played on a wet field to a 1-10 loss. For about two innings, the Lady Warriors kept Gallatin within one run, before Gallatin took control of the game.

Craigmyle again played well, Nethery said, throwing out at least two base runners attempting to steal.

Eighth grader Brenna Raisor pitched a good game, he added.

“She put the ball into play, we just made a bunch of errors,” he said.

This week, Eminence played Carroll County at home Tuesday, and will travel to Owen County Friday and then Waggener on Saturday.

Next week, the Lady Warriors host Anderson County in the 30th district tournament, with the game starting at 6 p.m.

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