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Lady Eagles fast-pitch team works on competitive growth with each game

by Eric Pilgrim

The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | March 30, 2018

That’s how the head coach of the Fort Knox Lady Eagles describes his team.

“There are a lot of first times for a lot of players this season,” said Rick Thompson.

Thompson is back at the top spot after taking a year off to coach his son’s team. What he sees coming back in is a group of young ladies with a lot of heart but who have been feeling a little intimidated and nervous about their chances during the season.

Friday night’s season opener against the Frankfort Lady Panthers was a first game for many Lady Eagles, a first time in a position for others.

After a late start, the game against was called after a few innings. Thompson attributes that to the team’s youth and inexperience.

“They lost. They lost handily,” said Thompson. “They had some physical errors – had some mental errors – but a lot of it was brought on by nerves.”

He said the loss actually turned into a positive experience for many of them.

“It’s a snapshot of where we are, and where we need to be,” Thompson said. “I talked with the girls about it and a lot of them said it felt good to get those jitters out of the way. Many of them said they’re looking forward to the next game now.”

The Eagles are focusing their attentions on their first district matchup tomorrow; a home game against the Lady Bulldogs from John Hardin. Thompson said the last time his Lady Eagles faced them, the game turned out to be a nail-biter. They had beat the Bulldogs earlier in the season.

For now, though, they are focusing on each game as it comes.

“We have to experiment right now to find out what works to turn this around so the girls feel competitive,” said Thompson. “It’s a process. I don’t have a crystal ball, but our goal is to improve with each game. I think they will.”

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