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May 14, 2014

Taylorsville eliminates Lady Bulldogs

TAYLORSVILLE — The Enterprise High School softball team’s season has come to an end. Taylorsville High School defeated the Lady Bulldogs, 5-4, to complete the sweep and advance to the State Finals in Class 2A.

A day after being thoroughly dominated, EHS battled with a spirited effort Tuesday, but came up short.

Trailing 2-0 after just one inning, the Lady Bulldogs tied the game in the top of the second. Jess Turner ignited the rally with a base hit. Turner eventually ended up on third base following two wild pitches. Jordan Goodman drove her in after smacking a single. Goodman eventually scampered following Kaleigh Russell’s sacrifice fly.

The Lady Bulldogs (15-8-1) eventually controlled a 4-3 advantage heading to the seventh inning, seeking a win to force a Game 3.

But the Lady Tartars (20-6) mounted a late-inning rally, aided by inclement weather, to steal the series win.

“It had not been raining the whole game,” Enterprise coach Davey Dewitt said. “And if we get beat, then that’s fine. But when it is pouring down rain, and my pitcher can’t even grip the ball, and she’s rolling balls up there ... It’s time to put the players in the dugout and let (the weather) pass by.

“I don’t mind losing, but I don’t like it getting taken away from my girls.”

EHS tallied six hits, including RBI singles from Goodman and Harley Smith.

Enterprise will have the difficult task of attempting to replace three key seniors as they turn their sights to the 2015 season.

“We’ve got some big gaps to fill,” Enterprise coach Davey Dewitt said. “We are losing three key seniors, and all of them are up the middle. My center fielder (Blakely Riley), my catcher (Smith) and my pitcher (Emmalee Roberts). That’s the heart of our team. We have to fill their shoes, not only on the field, but off the field as well.

“They are great leaders, and we’re going to miss them.”

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