Prior to taking his team to the state softball tournament this past weekend at Fern Creek Park, Barren County 8-Under Coach Chris Smith said errors would play a factor in how well his team would perform.
Smith’s prediction seemed to come true as the Trojanettes’ miscues proved costly. Barren County reached the semifinals of the tournament, but lost to Prairie Village, 22-8.
“The difference in the errors was big for us in this tournament,” Smith said. “It would be four errors one game, then 12 errors the next game. The games are a lot closer if make the plays we normally make.”
Smith and the Trojanettes opened the tournament with Germantown and got on top of things early. Barren County’s offensive surge led them to a 16-5 victory. The Trojanettes lost their next game, a 21-6 decision to Fern Creek Black, but rebounded by beating Mount Washington 15-4 in the next game.
“We opened with Germantown and really played well. We got on top early and we were right where we wanted to be,” Smith explained. Then we played Fern Creek Black, which was in the other semifinal, and we just made way too many errors. I think we had 12 that game.
“Then we played Mount Washington and we cleaned up our errors. We also hit the ball really well in that game.”
That led the Trojanettes into the semifinals against Prairie Village.
“I was really proud of our bats. We hit the ball well and drove the ball where we wanted to. We just hit the ball right at them sometimes,” Smith said. “We ran the bases well and we listened to the coaches (for the most part).”
Smith said he likes where he sees the Barren County softball program going.
“We finished second last year and came up here and reached the semifinals this year,” Smith said. “There were 10 teams this year, where I think there were four or five last year. So the competition was a lot tougher this year and to make it to the semifinals was a good effort. The Barren County program is in good shape.”
The 8U team includes: Mary Schalk, Ashton Billingsley, Ally Buie, Jolee Shartzer, Kennedy Sutherland, Cailee Hernandez, Alexa Horton, Mia Long, Adison Smith, Shea Jones and Gracey Deckard.