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Injuries don't slow Lady Hawks as team goes 4-1 on the week

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LaRue County softball update

By Kassie Stanfill

The injury bug has struck the Lady Hawks, but the team is moving right along and a new player is stepping up.

“It seems like every time we turn around, someone else is down, but they are doing the necessary physical therapy, and just trying to take care of themselves,” said Coach Mielle DiStefano. “We have ankle injuries, concussions, broken fingers, and other physical ailments, but the girls are taking care of each other, and this will be big for us as we make a run at a region title. It is giving a lot of player’s the opportunities to prove to the coaching staff they can contribute to the team.”

The team completed a season sweep of Caverna April 19 as they cruised to a 13-1 victory. Sixth-grader Erin Boley led the team with five hits, four RBIs, four stolen bases and three runs scored to lead the offense.

Lyndsay Whitlock followed with three hits and three runs scored as did Peyton Gardner who also had three hits playing in reserve for the injured Cassady Crim.   “Our reserves really stepped up this game, when we lost Ellen Huff to a shoulder injury in the bottom of the first,” said DiStefano. “Emily Dewitt did a great job at the plate with a hit and a RBI and pinch hitter Emily Boone smacked a two RBI double in the seventh to help out the offense. Brigitte Skaggs added two hits as she was a designated player for Amelia Miller, who picked up the win on the mound.”

The Lady Hawks are 4-1 in the district and fight for the top seed on April 29 when the Lady Dragons of Green County will visit Lady Hawk Field. This is a big game, as the second game is the tiebreaker. The wins over Hart and Caverna were huge for the team. 

Fort Knox falls

The Lady Hawks hadn’t played the Lady Eagles of Fort Knox since 1999, but it was worth the wait as LaRue won 16-5. Boley continued her hot hand at the plate as she was four-for-four with two singles, two doubles, two runs scored, four RBIs and three stolen bases. With such a lopsided score, many Lady Hawks added to the offensive column. Enlow got the win on the mound.

Marion

The Ladies came out flat against Marion County April 22 and lost 5-1. The team couldn’t get anything going as they had six hits for the night. The defense gave up three in the bottom of the first, and two in the bottom half of the third, before putting up their lone run in the top of the fourth as Enlow drew a walk, and designated player Emily Boone smacked an RBI double to bring in Enlow. 

“We felt like we were always in this game, but our feet were just made of lead,” DiStefano said. “The girls were disappointed in their effort, but you just have to bounce back and learn from it.”

Wild and crazy record-setter

On April 23, the team traveled to Lexington Bryan Station for games against Mercer County and host Bryan Station. Since the Lady Hawks have a tournament coming up this weekend, this was a good tune up for playing later in the night and under the lights. Up first was Mercer County. 

“This was the most focused we have played all year.” DiStefano said.

The Lady Hawks defense was stingy as they forced two double plays and Brittany Enlow was in control on the mound. The Lady Hawks scored in the bottom of the first with a hit by Valerie Whitlock followed by a sacrifice bunt by Lyndsay Whitlock. Boley followed with a single and Huff surprised the defense with a squeeze bunt to score Valerie Whitlock. In the bottom of the second, Enlow, Johnson, and Valerie Whitlock each had a hit and Lyndsay Whitlock had an RBI to score Johnson and Smith for the Hawks to take a 4-0 lead and clinch the victory for Enlow.

Things got a little crazy in the nightcap as the Lady Hawks ran out on the Lady Defenders 13-3 at the end of two innings. As the fifth inning was drawing near, and the Lady Hawks were glaring at that 10-run rule, the Lady Defenders bats came alive. A sixth inning grand slam brought them back in the game. The game went back and forth in the scoring column with the Lady Hawks finally putting the game to rest in the top of the ninth by scoring six runs to hold on to a 21-15 victory.

The Lady Hawks pounded out a team-breaking record of 31 hits led by Valerie Whitlock with five hits and Lyndsay Whitlock with four hits. Huff, Gardner, Enlow, Skaggs and Johnson each had three hits while Boley and Dewitt had two hits each, and Halie Starwalt finished with a single.