Lady Hawks drop three games in Florida

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Difference in pitching distance had impact on team

By Lanny Vincent

The LaRue County Lady Hawks softball team enjoyed its spring break in Florida while playing three very tough Florida teams. 

“We just can’t get the bats going and that is really hurting us now. We’ve had some lapses on defense that were not characteristic of us,” Coach Mielle DiStefano. “We played without two starters, so we had to adjust our defense in three areas, so the players seemed a bit nervous. We don’t play again until Friday and we’re going to take these days to work on our offensive game. We also use Florida games as a measuring stick to determine which direction we need to take, both offensively and defensively. We take a look at each player’s strengths and weaknesses. The girls were upset that we lost, but I told them that the third week in May is what’s important when we start district play. We are a good team and this week will only make us better.”

The Hawks lost three games in Florida – Freeport 9-4, South Walton 7-0 and Arnold (23-2), 10-0. Against Freeport, the Hawks scored two in the first inning when Brittany Enlow walked, followed by a base hit by Ellen Huff. Emily Boone’s grounder moved the runners to second and third, and they both scored when Allie Perkins singled. In the fifth, the Hawks scored a run when Valerie Whitlock doubled and scored on Christian Cox’s single. In the seventh inning, Valerie Whitlock hit a monster home run over the left field fence to complete the scoring.

“Florida’s pitching mound is 43 feet from the plate as compared to 40 feet here in Kentucky,” DiStefano said “That seemed to make a difference all week with our pitching. Our pitchers seemed to tire late in the game and we had trouble fielding bunts. We see a lot of good pitching down there as well and we can learn what we need to do at the plate.”

The Lady Hawks play April 10 at John Hardin. Their next home game is April 13 against Elizabethtown.