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April 23, 2014

Enterprise shuts down Clarkdale

ENTERPRISE —     The Enterprise High School softball team scored all of its run in the second inning, and received a dominating pitching effort from Emmalee Roberts, en route to its 6-0 win in District 5-2A action Tuesday night.

    EHS (10-0 in District) sent nine batters to the plate that frame, highlighted by Kaleigh Russell's run-scoring double to left. Russell later scored from third base on a pass ball, and Emily Roberts dahsed home following a Clarkdale throwing error. Additionally, Brittany Hagwood recorded an RBI single, and Blakely Riley and Delaney Davidson each registered RBI groundouts.

    "That's big for us," Enterprise coach Davey Dewitt said of going undefeated in district play. "It's something that we're proud of."

    In the circle, Roberts (10-4) limited Clarkdale to just three hits, while striking out two batters in earning the win.

    "Emmalee did really well tonight," senior catcher Hailey Smith said. "She hit her spots like she needed to, and she threw strikes."

    Added Dewitt, "Her performance tonight was outstanding. I couldn't ask for anything better out of Emmalee all year. She's battled through some leg injuries and shoulder injuries all year, and its kept her from practicing a lot. But I can't say enough about her. She's been a go-getter, and I'm extremely proud of her."

    The Lady Bulldogs honored three seniors before the contest — Roberts, Smith and Riley — who have helped contribute to four straight district championships.

    "This will be a big memory," Roberts. "We've always won district. It's kind of sad that it's coming to an end, but we've done really well throughout the years."

    Added Dewitt, "(The seniors) get to go out on a good note. All three of them are leaders, I just can't say enough about them. They're tremendous and three great girls."

    Enterprise moves to 2-0 on the year against rival Clarkdale (11-13, 6-4).

    "It's a big deal, playing against Clarkdale," Smith said. "It's always been a big rivalry, but we worked hard and I think we deserve it."

    The game played out similarly to that of the first district contest between the two squads, where Enterprise scored all but one of its runs in the sixth in its, 4-0, win.

    "One bad inning on defense," Clarkdale coach Britt Bennett said. "We haven't worked on bunt coverage in seems like a month because we haven't been able to — because we've been playing games every day. That's kind of on me. We weren't prepared for the bunts tonight. We're going to work on that tomorrow.

    "But we didn't put anything together on offense, so you have to tip your cap to Roberts."

    Clarkdale begins its three-game play-in series against West Lincoln High School Thursday.

    "We've got an opportunity to extend our season," Bennett said.

    Enterprise’s playoff matchup, that is to begin Monday, is still to be determined.

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