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May 7, 2014

Enterprise eyes Taylorsville

ENTERPRISE —     If there's one thing Davey Dewitt learned about his team last week, it's never count them out.

    After winning Game 1 of the MHSAA Class 2A second-round playoff series, 7-2, Friday, the Enterprise High School head softball coach saw his team fall on the road in extra innings, 7-6, Saturday afternoon against Loyd Star High School. But the Lady Bulldogs rebounded with an 18-5 victory Saturday evening in Game 3 to clinch the series and send themselves to the South State title game.

    "We knew Loyd Star had all the momentum (after Game 2), them having won at home," Dewitt said. "But the girls never quit. They came out in the first inning like they never lost. They weren't ready to quit and hang up their cleats."

    Now, the Lady Bulldogs (19-8-1) will turn their attention to Taylorsville High School for a three-game series beginning Friday night. But first, Enterprise will have to nurse several injured players back to health.

    "We're battling through a lot of injuries," Dewitt said. "We have some girls hurt. As far as the game goes, at this point, you either have it or you don't. We're still taking swings and still working on ground balls, and practice is kind of flowing like normal for everything else."

    One thing with which Dewitt has come away impress has been his players' desire to play despite hurting.

    "I've gone one kid that will have to go to the doctor eventually to see about their arm," Dewitt said. "She won't go until after the season, because the doctor is probably going to tell her she can't play for two to three weeks, and that will be our season. She said, 'I'm not going.'

    "They're all troopers. They set one goal before the season, which was a state championship. That's all they think about, but they'll have to get past Taylorsville to do it."

    Senior Emily Roberts is the go-to girl on the mound for Enterprise, and Dewitt said he's trusting her to keep up the good work she's done so far this year.

    "She's my only pitcher," he said. "We played games Wednesday and Thursday, then Friday and two games Saturday, and she threw 201 pitches in two games (Saturday). That's four games in five days. I can't say enough about her. She just took the ball and went to work.

    "She has gotten tired when it's hot out, but she knows it's her ball game, and she's not coming out."

    In addition to Roberts, Dewitt said his team has been successful thanks to its ability to prevent runs from scoring.

    "Our speed and defense (have been key)," he said. "Our defense has been really good all year. We have taken a lot of runs away from people just by making outstanding plays."

    The Lady Bulldogs will have to continue to do so if they want to get past a strong Taylorsville team, Dewitt added.

    "They pitch is really well," Dewitt said. "They have two really good pitchers. I'm sure we'll see their eighth-grader who's pretty tough. They also have a senior who hasn't pitched a whole lot, and I don't know if she's been injured or what. But we have to be able to hit them to win."

    Game 1 will be at 7 p.m. Friday at home. Enterprise will then travel to Taylorsville for Game 2 at 11 a.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, will follow immediately.

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