Softball looks to tournament after district wins
Nearing the end of the season, the softball is preparing for the District tournament.
Consecutively playing every team in the district in a row will offer insight that will be necessary in the near approaching tournament. Afterwards, four regions will be played with the season culminating at in the tournament.
After losing to E-town for the first time since 2001, the team has gone on to beat district rivals John Hardin, 5-0, and Fort Knox, 15-0, in three innings. The team will go on to finish out their district play with one more match against Central Hardin.
Coach Donnie Baker feels that the team has come very far.
“They begun to play as a team and they are communicating very well,” Coach Baker said.
With the defeat of Fort Knox and John Hardin in a double header, after their loss to Elizabethtown, Brittanie Mahanna (’13) has seen a definite shift in the team motivation.
“If we continue to come out fired up like we have the past couple games we can have a chance to beat them. With our loss to Elizabethtown I think it has put more fire in our hearts knowing that we haven’t lost to Elizabethtown since 2001,” Mahanna said.
Leading the region in the strikeouts, Bailey Blair (’15) has been an assest to the time and driving force in their success.
“Bailey Blair has definitely stepped up being a freshman and carrying the wait of the team on her shoulders but she has fulfilled her duties,” Mahanna said.
Leah Shartzer (’13) is expecting the tournament to be similar to last year’s season.
“I expect it to be a close game in the district tournament this year unlike it has been last year. If we continue beating Ft. Knox, John, and Elizabethtown then we will be second seed and all we have to do is wait it out to see who we will play,” Shartzer said.
After a couple losses from teams such as Greenwood and Pleasure Ridge Park, along with district rivals Elizabethtown and Central Hardin, in the upcoming district games will be crucial in gaining a higher seed.
“The key will be putting the bat on the ball, and executing bunts. We have a tough district. Settling into the lineup has helped,” Baker said.
The team will continue to play and prepare as the season comes to a close and the tournament begins.