Lady Demons get come-from-behind win over Eminence

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By Matt Birkholtz

Senior night for the Lady Demons, celebrated the careers of seniors Shelly Cason, Ali Rich, Kayla Schultz and Tori Wilhoit May 5 against Eminence.


“It was good,” Rich said. “It was nice to see what the parents and the other girls did to put this on for us and making us feel special.”

The game didn’t start out the way the Lady Demons would have liked to started as they were trailing 5-1 in the fourth inning.

Instead of putting their heads down and giving up, Williamstown put six unanswered runs on the board to defeat Eminence 7-5.

“It is definitely nice to get a win on senior night and for us to get a win coming from behind,” Wilhoit said. “That has been progressing since the beginning of the season.

Rich also enjoyed seeing a ‘W’ in the record column.

“It was nice to get a win on senior night,” Rich said. “Coach West told us to not put our heads down and throughout the season we have built some team chemistry and we got the win.”

With the past four years for Rich, Schultz and Wilhoit and three years for Cason, it marks a celebration of their careers at WHS.

“It was great and it meant a lot to me,” Cason said. “My mom didn’t show up and it meant a lot when the coaches came out to me and everybody that cared for me was there. It felt great to win and it meant more to me to win that game than any other game we have won.”

Cason said the atmosphere of the dugout at this point of the season, the whole team realized to not put their heads down.

“We kept our heads high and pumped up the hitters and they kept us pumped and we made the comeback,” she said.

With the win, it moved Williamstown’s record to 7-9 and have gone 5-5 since that game.

“The win made senior night a lot better,” Schultz said. “It is sad to know that the season is almost over and that I won’t be playing anymore, but overall it was good for getting the win and not getting into trouble with coach West.

As the 32nd District Tournament nears, the Lady Demons have received the No. 4 seed and will face top-seeded Grant County in the first round of the tournament. After the first two matchups with Grant County not going the way the seniors and the team wanted, they feel that a lot has changed since they faced each other.

Rich said in order to get an upset win over the Lady Braves they will need to, “Hit, hit, hit.”

Rich also said that for the district tournament, when the last game is played, is when she will no the end of her high school playing career is over.

“That is going to be the most emotional part for me,” she said.

For Cason the end of softball will mean the of what she considers to be her life the past three years.

“Softball has been my life,” she said. “The girls have helped me stay sane. I get down on myself a lot and the girls help pick me back up. So playing that last game will be a lot, but also closure.”

At press time, the time of the game with Grant County has yet to be determined, but the Lady Demons are ready to face them.

“It would be huge,” Cason said. “I’ve only played softball for three years and I really don’t know what it means to beat Grant County, but I know it would be a big deal. I think it would be bigger than the Olympics for me. If I ever made it to the Olympics, a win over Grant County would mean so much more to me.”

Wilhoit said if the team can keep itself from making small errors in the game, they may have a chance to pull off the upset.