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Lady Rockets drill Eminence

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By Todd Martin

The Shelby County girls' softball team hammered out 13 hits in just 3 innings to whip visiting Eminence 16-0 in a run-rule shortened game Tuesday.

SCHS head coach Kelly Cable said she challenged her team before the game.

"We talked about how we haven't been hitting the ball like we're capable of, and how we had lost a couple of games because of that," she said. "No matter how many runs a team scores we should be able to out-score them, that's how good our hitting is. So I kind of chewed them out a little before we started, and they responded well. They came out strong and hit the ball like we're capable of doing."

Dee Dee Davis has been swinging the bat well for the Lady Rockets, and that trend continued Tuesday. Davis was 3-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, and Courtney Tinsley also delivered a 3 hit game, adding two runs scored and three RBIs. Jessica Williams highlighted a big first inning for the Lady Rockets with a two-out bases loaded inside-the-park home run, her third dinger of the year. Williams added two runs scored along with her 4 RBIs.

Taylor Shaw also added an RBI double on a 1-3 night, and picked up another RBI on a fielder's choice.

With pitcher Haleigh LeCompte still out with a wrist injury, Cable turned to Desiree Kremer to handle pitching duties.

Kremer shut down the Lady Warriors, allowing just one hit and one walk through three innings of work. She also had six strikeouts while facing 11 batters.

"She did a really good job allowing just one hit and one walk," Cable said. "She definitely had control of her pitches. She was working the corners with her fastball and got a lot of strikeouts with her change up. I was really pleased with how she pitched."

The win put the Lady Rockets at 2-0 in the district in seeding games. While Anderson County has yet to play Spencer or Eminence, the Lady Bearcats should get wins in both of those, setting up a big showdown between Shelby and Anderson on April 22 at the SCHS athletic complex.

Cable said she was very pleased with her team's business-like attitude in Tuesday's win.

"I told the girls after the game that I was proud of the way they just came out and took care of business," she said. "They didn't come out joking or laughing or trying to embarrass the other team. They just came out and played ball, and played well."

Cable said the news on LeCompte's injury is optimistic, but they will take a wait-and-see approach.

"We know she's out at least two weeks and wearing a soft cast," she said. "But they said if it's not causing any discomfort she could come back and pitch after the two weeks. We just have to wait and see. It could be another two weeks or more after that, it just depends on how (her wrist) heals."