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Lady Demons win first round, lose semi-final

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By Matt Birkholtz

It has been a rollercoaster season for T.J. West and the Williamstown Lady Demons softball team.

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After starting the season with a double-header sweep of Heritage Academy, the Lady Demons lost four consecutive games entering the 8th Region All “A” Classic April 14 against Eminence.

Junior starting pitcher Emma Harris threw a two-hit shutout to lead the Lady Demons to a 4-0 win over the Lady Warriors.

“I thought I pitched well,” she said. “I know I can’t strike everyone out, so I pitched to contact and let my defense pick me up.”

Coach West was proud of his girls getting the victory.

“It was a game we finally put together,” he said.

With the win over Eminence, the Lady Demons advanced to the semi-finals in a match up with Walton-Verona April 17, with the championship game on the line.

However, the Lady Bearcats offense got rolling out of the gates and Williamstown saw themselves down 10-1 early on. But, the Lady Demons (3-6) would not give up losing 13-9.

Even though Williamstown was defeated, West was pleased with how the girls never gave up.

“That is the best that this team has played against Walton-Verona since I have been coaching here,” he said. “We had some opportunities to win the game, but the girls played hard (despite the outcome.)”

An area where West would like to see improvement is in his number three and four hitters in the lineup. Those two players are seniors Tori Wilhoit and Ali Rich.

“We need more than five hits, and these girls are good players and they will come through for us,” West said.
Rich said that she just needs to get more repetitions in the batting cage and former Lady Demons basketball coach Mark Wilhoit was working with them in the cage April 18 in preparations for Grant County April 20 at Williamstown.

“Offensively we are going to hit more in the cages this week, to prepare for Grant County,” Rich said.

In order for the Lady Demons to get a win over their county-rival, they will need to hit the ball better than the last time these two met. They were only able to muster one run against Grant County and only five hits.

“All I want our girls to do is compete,” West said. “Katelyn Roy is a really good pitcher and we will have to hit to have a chance.”

As to whether Williamstown playing at home, West said home-field advantage isn’t a factor.

“Anytime you play Grant County or a rival, it is going to be a big game,” he said.

First pitch for the rival game is set for 5:30 p.m. April 20.