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June 4, 2014

Tough schedule pays off

Despite distractions, Hart says tough schedule helped Lady Redhounds improve

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

CORBIN — The Corbin Lady Redhounds came in to the 2014 softball season with hopes of competing for a 13th Region title.

Head coach Chris Hart put together a schedule he felt would make his team better as the season progressed.

Even though the season didn’t exactly work out as he planned, finishing with a 16-20 mark (14-5 against 13th Region foes), he said he was pleased with some aspects of its progress.

“We played the toughest schedule we have played since I have been here and probably the toughest schedule ever for this program,” Hart said. “It made it tough for us to keep our head above .500, but we never gave up.

“Our kids battled every single game and we were in (competitively) most every single game that we played,” he added. “The fact we were competitive is something that we can hopefully build off of in the future.”

After dropping seven of the first 10 games to start the season, it looked like Hart and company would string together some wins. As things moved along, the Lady Redhounds lost four of five on a spring break trip to Florida and two of three in their annual Lady Redhounds Classic, dropping the squad to 7-14 overall at that point.

With the second half of the season in full swing, Corbin started to hit the ball better, stringing together an impressive run to close the regular season. Corbin was able to win seven of its next eight games, all against 13th Region competition, which was a good sign for Hart. The bad news was that despite the solid play as the season wound down, Hart felt that there were some things that kept his squad from reaching its full potential this year.

“Our hitting really started to come around toward the end of the season and that was a big reason that we had success late in the season,” Hart said. “Our defense was up and down all season and we really never could get any consistency out of them in that aspect.

“I think a lot of our inconsistency was due to team distractions that we had later in the season, which seemed to always disrupt us and get us out of our routine,” he added. “I think if it hadn’t been for some of those distractions, things may have turned out a little different for us, but I’m proud of the way our kids battled all season.”

 

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