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Although the Williamstown softball seniors had never earned a win over Trimble County, they entered the game believing they could finally earn a victory.
They proved themselves right, winning 4-1 on April 17 in the All “A” Classic.
“I think the girls really enjoyed it,” coach T.J. West said. “They were happy and know they can do it. It’s just the mindset of putting it all together. They’ve never quit and they like that feeling.”
Pitcher Amanda Goodrich and the Lady Demons held Trimble County scoreless until the seventh inning when an error allowed the Lady Raiders to score their only run of the game.
At the plate, Ashlee Holt hit Williamstown’s first homerun of the season. Holt’s homerun was one of eight hits for the Lady Demons as they were more aggressive at the plate.
“I was shocked. As long as I’ve played, we’ve never beat Trimble County,” Holt said. “It’s a big confidence builder. I told the coaches before the game that I was going to hit a homerun, so to actually do it was pretty exciting.”
After advancing into the second round of the tournament, the Lady Demons faced Henry County, a team they lost to 10-0 in the first game of the season.
Williamstown trailed 3-2 through the fifth inning on their way to a 7-3 loss on April 18. Henry County went on to win the 8th region All “A” Classic.
The Lady Demons were without seniors Holt and Amber Vance, who were attending events for college, but Goodrich led Williamstown on the mound and at the plate. Goodrich hit the team’s second homerun of the season.
“We played with them and the girls worked hard,” West said. “It’s tough to lose when you have girls who work as hard as they work. With a couple of breaks, we’re in the ball game.”
“We need to start seeing the ball instead of just swinging at air and we need to keep our heads up,” Goodrich said.
West has seen his team change over the past two weeks since a loss to Walton-Verona, becoming more confident with every game.
“I think that loss hurt the girls,” West said. “They know they could do better than they’ve been doing. The Walton game set the tone and showed them that if they want to get where they want to be, they’ll need to step up. We’ve only got two wins on the board, but we’re better than that.”
Goodrich and Emma Harris were named to the all-tournament team.
The Lady Demons played Walton-Verona on April 21, but results were not available at press time.
Next up for the Williamstown Lady Demons:
• April 22 at home against Walton-Verona
• April 23 at Carroll County
• April 27 at home against Owen County
• April 28 at home against Trimble County