Warriors dominate early

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Warriors softbal team picks up to wins to open the season

By Greg Woods

The Eminence Warriors started the season off on the right foot with a 10-8 victory at Lexington Christian, and followed that up with a 15-0 trouncing of Beth Haven the next night.


The Warriors opened their home schedule against Beth Haven with 9 runs in the first inning, settling the outcome early.

The Warriors showed patience at the plate in drawing several walks and getting timely hitting from Savannah Mertz, who had two doubles in the game. The Warriors drew seven walks in the first inning and were helped by a passed ball and wild pitch from Beth Haven.

The Warriors added six more runs in the second and third innings to end the game on the mercy rule. Mertz’s second double was a long shot to left field that hit the base of the fence.

“It was good to get another victory,” coach Bill Covington said. “We’re 2-0 and I am very pleased with the effort so far. The girls are working hard.”

Covington also was pleased with his junior varsity team. “Our JV played their varsity in the second game and came from a 10-0 deficit to win 12-11,” he said. “These girls are mostly 6th, 7th and 8th graders and it bodes well for the future of the program.”

EHS 10, Lexington Christian 8

Covington was very excited about his team’s opening win over Lexington Christian.

“I was really pleased with the Lexington Christian game,” he said. “They had a good team. I was worried about them. It was obvious that they had more practice time.

We had only 3 practices outside because of the weather.

“We kept getting ahead and they kept coming back. We had a few errors on the base paths and in the field but, overall, I was pleased. We had five new starters and some inexperienced players playing in the game.”

The Warriors scored first in the top of the second on a two-run home run by Savannah Mertz. The Lady Eagles came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to go up by one run.

Each team scored two runs in the third inning before the Warriors went ahead in the fourth with four runs. But Lexington Christian answered again with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 8-8.

But from there the Warriors’ pitcher, Brenna Raisor, shut down the Lady Eagles’ offense and the Warriors added a run in the 6th and one in the seventh for the 10-8 win.

Mertz was 3-4 in the game with 5 RBIs, including the game winning RBI that scored Kelsie Craigmyle in the 6th inning.

Covington was pleased that some of his younger players contributed to the win. “Victoria Price was playing her first game and drew three walks and got a single, and freshman Serena Doktor had three hits and a walk,” he said.