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Lady Hawks split doubleheader with E'town

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Softball team also manages to get in some weekend action despite rain

By Linda Ireland

The LaRue County Lady Hawks split a doubleheader April 27 with Elizabethtown’s Lady Panthers.

LaRue’s ladies won the first game 6-3 and dropped the second 3-1.

Amelia Miller and Megan Smith shared the win on the mound; Brittany Enlow took the loss in the second game, striking out one and walking none.

In the first game, senior second baseman Megan Mauldin, senior shortstop Christian Cox and Miller, a freshman, each hit a single. Cox had two steals and two runs scored to go with an RBI, while Mauldin scored once and Miller had two RBIs.

In the second game, Elizabethtown came from behind as LaRue scored its only run in the top of the second. Enlow hit a single to center, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore center fielder Lyndsay Whitlock and took third on an error at second.

Sophomore right fielder Ellen Huff followed with a single to score Enlow.

Elizabethtown scored its winning run in the sixth inning.

On Friday, the Lady Hawks lost 5-1 to 18th ranked Louisville Christian Academy.

Owensboro Catholic hosted a 25-team tournament at Fisher Park, the site of the 2009 KHSAA State Tournament.

As the team arrived at Fisher Park to prepare for a game against a Memphis team, a downpour caused all games to be moved to Panther Park. The Memphis team opted to return home, giving the Lady Hawks a matchup with LCA in a time limit game of one hour. Time ran out in the fourth inning.

The Lady Hawks scored first as sophomore Valerie Whitlock laid down a perfect bunt and beat out the throw. She moved to second on a wild pitch before Cox hit her seventh double of the year to score Whitlock.

LCA came back in the first inning with a run of their own to tie the score. The Lady Hawks threatened in the top of the fourth inning, loading the bases. However, a player was thrown out at the plate on a close call while two others struck out and grounded out to end the top half of the inning.

“We have to execute and get the job done when we are in situations like this,” Coach Mielle DiStefano said. “We had two players miss signs, and that shouldn’t happen this late in the season.”  

DiStefano said her team tensed up as the time limit approached.

“They were trying to get too much done so they could bat again, as they would be starting the fifth inning with the top of the lineup,” she said.

Unfortunately, the Lady Hawks would not see that inning, as LCA led off with a double and scored on a throwing error. A big blast over the centerfield fence brought in three more runs.  

When the Lady Hawks got three outs, the umpire called the game.  

“This was a good game for us,” said DiStefano, “and I believe that the time limit just got to us. We knew we had our leadoff coming up and we just pressed ourselves too much to get three outs, instead of concentrating, we made mistakes that shouldn’t be made.

Valerie Whitlock led the Lady Hawks with two hits followed by Cox’s double and singles by Enlow and Lyndsay Whitlock.

Saturday’s and Monday’s games were canceled.