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Lady Demons win opener, fall in first game at Florida tourney

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By Paul Gable

Two games into the season, Williamstown High School softball coach Mark Wilhoit has seen several surprises, both good and bad.

In a 16-2 season opening win over St. Henry on March 26, it was the Lady Demons' hitting that proved to be the surprise, as Williamstown belted 14 total hits.

"We hit much better than I thought we would," Wilhoit said.

Leading the way at the plate were: Amber Vance, Tori Wilhoit, Jaclyn Stith and Ashlee Holt. Vance was 2-for-3 with a double and triple, Wilhoit was 2-for-5 with a double, triple and three RBI's, Stith was 3-for-4 with a double and Holt was 2-for-3 with two RBI's.

Junior pitcher Amanda Goodrich came through on the mound for Williamstown, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out five.

"The defense was pretty solid behind her. However, we are not where we need to be defensively," Wilhoit said.

The Lady Demons' game against Owen County was cancelled due to weather, and the next time out, Williamstown fell 14-6 in their first game of the Cocoa Expo in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Six errors doomed the Lady Demons against Henderson County.

"We did not put forth the effort. We have got more games, but we need to bring a good effort. We did things you can't do, but we'll learn from it and lace them up again," Wilhoit said.

Goodrich was tagged with the loss, and despite the errors in the field, Williamstown still had a chance to come back in the game.

Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Demons loaded the bases, but were unable to score.

Williamstown will remain in Cocoa Beach and will host Pendleton County at 5:30 p.m. on April 7.