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The Williamstown softball team learned in their first game that they are capable of hitting the ball and staying in games.
In their second game, they learned that mental errors are costly.
The Lady Demons opened their season with a 12-8 loss to Trimble County on March 24.
“It was a good opening day,” coach T.J. West said. “We hit the ball and made the plays we need to make, but they out hit us. We were only outside on the field two days before we played, so I was pleased with our effort.”
Williamstown was led by senior Nicole Hendy, who drove in six runs, all on sacrifices.
“These are a hard-working bunch of girls and we’ll get where we need to be, it’ll just take some time to put everything together.”
The girls were hoping to keep their bats hot as they took on Gallatin County on March 27, but were only able to muster two hits and errors caused the girls to lose 11-1 in five innings.
The Lady Demons gave up one run in the bottom of the first inning and another run in the bottom of the third inning.
Williamstown responded in the top of the fourth inning, when junior Tori Wilhoit reached base on a Gallatin County error and advanced to second base on a throwing error.
After a sacrifice bunt by Hendy moved Wilhoit over to third base, a groundout by junior Ali Rich drove in the Lady Demons’ sole run.
Williamstown was unable to keep it close though, as Gallatin County scored eight runs in the bottom of the inning before ending the game with a run in the fifth inning.
“We just didn’t hit,” West said. “I’ve preached it since last year. We would hit it, but right at someone. I told the girls that we’ve got to work on hitting. I can’t fault their effort and they didn’t lay down. But if you can’t hit, you can’t win. The score doesn’t tell the story. We just had one bad inning. But it’s early in the season.”
The Lady Demons don’t have any games throughout spring break, but will use the end of the week to prepare for a stretch of district games that include Simon Kenton on April 5 and county rival Grant County on April 7.
“We’re going to start back on Wednesday and hit it hard to get ready for the games after the break,” West said. “We come back to two district games and I want to be competitive. I don’t want someone to beat us because of our mistakes. We need to stay focused and keep getting better. It will take hard work as we keep trying to improve. These girls want to succeed. We may take some lumps early, but I think by the end of the year, we’ll be better.”