Baseball and softball swing into action

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The 2012 baseball season has begun, and the Knights look to take their momentum from the practice field into the regular season.
The Knights were scheduled to begin their season Monday against Bardstown at home, but the game was rained out. The game was rescheduled for Tuesday. The results of that game were unknown as of press time.
The team will travel to Danville tonight to take on the Admirals.
"The team is working hard," Head Coach Chad Spalding said. "We have had tremendous weather to get ready for this season, and it is a relief considering the season starts two weeks earlier."
Coach Spalding said the team has changed up their focus during the preseason.
"We have focused more this preseason on mental and physical toughness," he said.  "We are looking to bounce back from back-to-back roller coaster ride seasons."
The 20th district will be very competitive this season, according to Spalding.
"All four schools in the district are very comparable," he said. "It all depends on who is on the mound for all four teams."
The region has one favorite this season, and that is defending state champion Central Hardin, according to Spalding.
Spalding knows that the schedule for this year will have some difficult games.  "We have several top 25 teams on the schedule, or top 25 caliber teams," he said. "West Jessamine, Danville, Belfry, LaRue County and Washington County are just a few of them."
Three seniors will be relied heavily upon this season to carry the Knights.  "Aaron Hamilton, Eric Farmer and Dylan Spalding will all have to play major roles for us to have success," Spalding said. "We are going to use the one day and one game at a time method to get this team to gel together and get the most out of their talents."
The softball team will look to rebuild after losing seven of the nine starters from last season's team.
"We will be a young team this season with only one senior," Head Coach Todd Spalding said. "However, youth and high school inexperience are no excuse and my expectation of our team is to win immediately."
Spalding will return one of his key starters on the mound this season. "Ashley Walls will carry the burden of pitching," he said. "Ashley has pitched at the high school level for three seasons and I look for her to have a big year both on the mound and at the plate. "Madison Avritt, Jordan Thomas and perhaps Casey Brockman also may receive a look on the mound."
Emily Fenwick, who has signed with St. Catharine, and Jordan Thomas return as starters in the field.
"Both should hit in the middle of the order and are a key for our team offensively," Spalding said. "Abby Miles, Colleen Rakes, Taylor Wade and Abby Hamilton are all players with limited varsity experience who will start this season."
Miles and Wade, although freshman, are both players that have traveled extensively during the last three summers and he expects both to play well, Spalding said.
Spalding discussed the schedule for this season a bit.
"The key games on the schedule are the district games, just like any other sport," he said. "To achieve success we must win district games."
Spalding also addressed the injury situation.
"We must get healthy," he said. "Caroline Peterson is lost for the season with a fractured wrist. Abby Hamilton and Jordan Thomas are out at least the first game also."
The Lady Knights opened up play last night when the team traveled to John Hardin. Results were unknown before press time.
The first home game for the Lady Knights is set for next Tuesday night when the team hosts Nelson County.