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Fort Knox -- Softball advances in district tournament

by Gavin LaPaille

The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | May 23, 2014

  The Fort Knox High School softball team concluded its season Tuesday, but not before pulling off a few memorable feats first. The Eagles ended the regular season by winning the inaugural Sisters in Arms series with DoDEA rival Fort Campbell Saturday, sweeping the double-header matchup 15-0 and 6-5. It was the first time in recent memory the two schools have met on the softball diamond. 
  But Fort Knox wasn't done yet. Monday the Eagles defeated John Hardin 13-2 in the opening round of the 17th District Tournament, their first playoff win in head coach's Rick Thompson's 20 years at the school. It was the seventh this season the Eagles have scored double digit-runs The Eagles ended its season in the semifinals of the tournament, losing to Central Hardin 15-0, but was still able to call the season a success based on the progress made throughout the season. 
  The players agreed they didn't want the year to end because of how close everyone on the team has become."I like how we're all a family," freshman second baseman Jayci Gomes said. 
  "Being a military school, the last thing you want is for someone on your team to not like you. Everyone on this team is always nice to each other, always pumping each other up."The Eagles may have played its best game of the season against the Bulldogs, scoring six runs in the first inning and never looking back. 
  Fort Knox put runs on the board in four of the five innings played, including five in the third. Freshman pitcher Taylor Stephenson picked up the win after allowing just one hit while striking out three and walking six. At the plate, sisters Olivia and Natalie Nieto did damage, collecting three hits with three RBIs, four runs scored and three stolen bases. Sophomore outfielder Bailey Rasmussen added a single, two RBIs and two runs scored to help pace the offense. Senior third baseman Christina Rice and freshman second baseman Jayci Gomes were named to the All-District Tournament team. Thompson said it's huge for the program to get a playoff win.
  "That's big in itself," Thompson said. "The girls set the tone for the school when they go out there and play like they do. They have a good reputation."It's the second time this season the Eagles have defeated the Bulldogs. The previous victory was the first for Fort Knox over a district opponent since 2010, and the Eagles end the season with 14 wins, the most since winning 19 games in 2008.

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