Strong pitching and solid defense seems to be the method of operation for East Carter’s softball team.
The Lady Raiders got another strong outing from eighth-grade pitcher Montana Fouts and the defense behind her only committed one error as East Carter took care of Lewis County, 10-0, in five innings on Wednesday night.
Fouts pitched all five innings, giving up only two hits, and struck out nine Lady Lions in the win.
“Montana had an excellent performance as always,” East Carter coach Derek Calhoun said. “She only gets better with time and we’re very pleased to have her out here.”
East Carter (12-3) took advantage of four Lewis County errors and turned six walks in the first three innings into three runs to jump ahead of the Lady Lions (3-7).
“We’re going to have games like that where we don’t hit as well as we’d like,” Calhoun said. “We’re learning everyday out here and we saw different pitching than we’ve seen this year. (Lewis County’s Kelsey Rizzo) threw a lot of different pitches at us and it took us a while to get it going.”
Lady Lions coach Kayla Lykins was upset with her team after the game since they played so well the night before against Greenup County.
“We played our best game of the year (Tuesday) night against Greenup County,” Lykins said. “We come out here tonight and have more errors in the first two innings than we have all season … we’re young and make mistakes, but not typically like that.”
Lady Raider juniors Alexis Pennington and Whitney Hall provided the punch at the top of the lineup, combining to go 5-for-5 and reach base in all four of their at-bats.
Pennington scored three runs and had two RBI on a double in the fourth inning. Hall drove in two runs of her own, one on a single in the first inning and a double in the second frame. Junior Jordyn Wiler went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
“We’ve been stressing solid contact these past few games,” Calhoun said. “If we want to compete with the best teams in the region, we have to be consistent at the plate. We have to get on base, and when we do that, we have to bring runs in.”
Fouts, Laura Green and Lesleigh Sexton each recorded hits.
If there was one thing that Calhoun had concern about, it was East Carter’s seven runners left on base.
“That’s way too many, but that’s how it goes,” Calhoun said. “We can’t go up and ask them to get a hit every time. We’re young.”
Lewis County’s Jolyssa Cortez and Paige Kennedy had the only hits off Fouts.
“They have got to want to play and hit the ball,” Lykins said. “They have to show me that they care enough to come back from that. We came out flat and showed no emotion and did not communicate at all.”
LEWIS CO. 000 00 — 0 2 4
E. CARTER 421 21 — 10 10 1
Rizzo and Stamm; Fouts and Green. WP — Fouts. LP — Rizzo. 2B — W. Hall (EC), Pennington (EC), L. Sexton (EC).