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Lady Hawks fall in first round of region

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By Lanny Vincent

The LaRue County Lady Hawks softball season came to an abrupt end Monday at the Fifth Region Tournament at North Hardin High School. The Nelson County Lady Cardinals beat the Lady Hawks 4-0 in the opening round. 

Amelia Miller pitched seven strong innings striking out six batters while giving up only one earned run in the loss. Costly errors in the first and third innings by the Lady Hawks and a timely triple by Lady Cardinal catcher Sarah Beth Gillis, accounted for three of the four runs. 

While disappointed with the outcome of the game, Coach Mielle DiStefano found some silver linings.

“Great pitching performance by Amelia Miller, that’s the kind of pitching you need to advance in the region, but mental mistakes cost us on the field, and on the bases,” she said. “Only one run was earned out of the four. At this time of the season, you really can’t afford to make the infield mistakes that were made. You have to be able to respond, and we didn’t.  All their runs came with two outs and that’s just lack of concentration on defense.” 

“Overall, the season was a learning experience in all aspects for the underclassmen,” she added. “They witnessed what it is going to take to bounce back from this season, and I am excited about the upcoming year. Our underclassmen have gotten better in junior varsity games, and when given the opportunities they received in the varsity games. The girls are going to have to do the extras to get better, as in going to camps during the summer, and playing as much as they can. They are a great group that is coming back, and they all get along with each other, so that bonding that a team needs is going to be there. They really respect each other, and want each other to get better and succeed.”

The Lady Hawks are 18th District runner-up and finish the season with a 10-15 record.

The 5th Region softball championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday with the winner advancing to next week’s State Tournament.