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May 13, 2014

Taylorsville shuts down Enterprise

Enterprise —     The Taylorsville High School softball team capitalized on a four-run third inning to take Game 1 of its best-of-three series against Enterprise High School, 5-0, in Class 2A South State action Monday.

    The Lady Tartars (18-6) are now one win away from clinching a spot in the State Championship series against East Webster High School.

    "We played really well," Taylorsville coach Mike Roberts said. "We really got after them. It seemed like everything kind of worked our way tonight."

    Camry Griffith got the third inning started with a one-out bunt single. Anna Kennedy followed with a double to right field that scored Griffifth. Following an Enterprise fielding error, a double by Kaci Bryant scored two runs, and Lauren Phillips singled to right that scored Bryant to cap the inning.

    "We just swung the ball well and hit it real solid," Roberts said

    Eighth grader, Lauren Stringer, tossed seven strong innings, allowing just three hits, while striking out four batters in earning the win.

    "She's been there and done that," Roberts said. "She's played a lot of travel ball and she's been in all situations before. She's got good control and mixes her pitches well."

    Despite the shutout defeat, Enterprise (15-7-1) are not short on confidence in being able to win consecutive games.

    "We're capable of playing hard," senior catcher Harley Smith said. "We have to hit. We've got to get good hits, but I know we can do it."

    The Lady Bulldogs will rely on the right arm of senior Emmalee Roberts to lead them to wins.

    " I have confidence in her," Smith said. "She's going to hit her spots (today), and I know she's going to do a great job."

    Added Enterprise coach Davey Dewitt, "I told them they can tuck their tails between their legs, or they can go (to Taylorsville) battle and try and win two ball games."

    Game 2 is slated for a 2 p.m. start, with a Game 3 to follow, if necessary.

    "It can happen, we just have to have the right mindset," Dewitt said. "Their one goal is the state championship, and we have to battle now. It's going to be a hard to get their now with our backs up against the wall, and that's a good team that we're playing."

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