The Eminence Warriors reached a milestone last week, defeating the Williamstown Lady Demons in the first round of the All A Classic, 14-4.
According to coach Bill Covington, it was the first All A tournament game win in recent memory.
The Warriors’ bats were hot in this game, pounding out 16 hits.
Savannah Mertz led the way with five hits and six RBIs. Kelsie Craigmyle also swung a hot bat with three hits and four RBIs. Leadoff hitter Serena Doktor reached base four times and scored all four times.
The Warriors got off to a good start by scoring four runs in the first. But Williamstown came back for three runs in the bottom of the inning. Pitcher Brenna Raisor settled down after the rocky start and allowed only one more unearned run in the fourth inning.
The Warriors added three runs in the fourth and broke the game open in the fifth with five runs. They added a run in the sixth and held the Lady Demons in the bottom of the inning to end the game on the10-run rule.
“It was the first win in a Class A game that I know of,” Covington said. “We started Kennedy Hartford, a seventh grader in this game and she got her first varsity hit. The hitting was great. I was very pleased with the performance. Everyone hit the ball well. Savannah had five hits and Kelsie did a good job at the plate. Serena also had a fine game in the leadoff spot. Brenna didn’t allow a hit after the first inning.”
Gallatin County 13, EHS 0
The Warriors ran into a strong Gallatin County team in the semifinals of the All A Classic. The Lady Wildcats got a no-hitter from pitcher Danielle Nichelson, who allowed two walks in the entire game.
Seven errors in the first three innings hurt the Warriors, before they settled down in the fourth, retiring the side in order.
“They are the best team that we have played,” Covington said. “They are an excellent team. I was disappointed with our defense in the first two innings but we got our heads together after that and played better. She was the best pitcher we’ve faced this year and maybe in two years.”
EHS 15, Shawnee 0
The Eminence Warriors’ softball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 15-0 win over Shawnee last week.
Mertz led the Warriors with a double, a triple and a 3-run home run. Mertz’s homer was a line drive shot that easily cleared the left field fence.
Doktor also had three hits as the Warriors racked up 10 hits for the game.
Raisor pitched three innings of no-hit ball while striking out eight Shawnee batters.
Covington was pleased that his team came off a long layoff and hit the ball so well.
“We needed to play after such a long lay off,” he said. “I was proud of the way the girls performed. Savannah continues to hit the ball well. This was her second home run in three games this year. Serena Doktor also hit the ball well. A lot of people hit the ball well in this game. Samantha Thompson also had two hits.
“Brenna had some control issues that she normally doesn’t have, but settled down and struck out eight batters.”