Battle softball showcases defensive skills in both games Saturday | Prep Sports

Although winning games is the goal for every team, the Battle Spartans chose to focus on development during the early season.

The Spartans split two games Saturday in the sixth annual War on the Battlefield tournament, beating Logan-Rogersville 3-1 and losing 3-2 to Fulton.

“I’m happy with the way we hit, really happy with the way we played defense, we pitched well, but we just couldn’t get any breaks,” Battle softball head coach Joe Henderson said.

Despite the season just getting underway, the Spartans defense looked to be in midseason form already, only committing one error in the five games they played Friday and Saturday.

Coach Henderson has a unique challenge this season, having to replace seven of his nine starters from last year, but that challenge is a lot easier when you have a vocal leader on the team. That leader is Eliyah McCarthy (Minnesota State commit), the senior

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Biden and Trump battle over pandemic-related school closures.

“Let me be clear,” Biden said, in his second speech in three days taking direct aim at his Republican opponent. “If President Trump and his administration had done their jobs early on in this crisis, American schools would be open. And they’d be open safely.”

The speech marked another attempt by Biden to emphasize Trump’s response to the global pandemic, the issue that Biden’s campaign believes will guide voters’ decisions more than any other.

White House advisers and Trump campaign officials reiterated Wednesday that Trump was pushing to reopen schools — a position they still view as politically advantageous — and they are moving to heighten demands that local districts begin in-person instruction.

Trump administration officials are considering allocating Abbott machines for rapid testing to states based on the number of students attending school this fall, giving states an incentive to put more students in classrooms, a person familiar with

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