The LaRue County High School Lady Hawks went 2-1 last week with a solid 10-1 win over Caverna March 28, a heartstopper (12-13) win over Taylor County and a 0-5 loss to Bullitt East.
“This past week, our girls faced a lot of adversity and overcame it,” said first-year coach Aaron Howell. “We are slowly coming together as a team.”
Freshman Bridgette Skaggs had a good day inside the circle and at the plate as the Lady Hawks cruised past the Lady Colonels.
Skaggs, who struck out eight and walked one, allowed a single in the first inning before no-hitting Caverna the rest of the way. She helped herself offensively with a single and three RBIs.
Senior Valerie Whitlock, junior Brittany Enlow and freshmen Courtney Johnson and Peyton Gardner each had two hits for LaRue County, which had 13 hits.
Enlow doubled and scored once, while Gardner drove in one and scored twice.
“ ... we had 13 hits and cut down on our mental/physical mistakes,” said Howell. “I was very proud of the girls in their effort.”
The Lady Hawks won a close call (12-13) March 29 to Taylor County.
In the bottom of the seventh, Enlow drove in junior Nancy Howell and senior Cassidy Crim with a double to send LaRue County to its second straight win.
“ ... we were down 7-0, but never gave up,” said Howell. “We scored 11 runs in the fourth inning to eventually pull out a victory 13-12. I was extremely proud of our girls.”
The Lady Hawks finished with 13 hits. Senior twins Lyndsay and Valerie Whitlock, senior Ellen Huff and Enlow collected multiple hits.
“Top to bottom, we hit the ball pretty well,” said Howell.
Huff had three singles and three RBIs, Lyndsay Whitlock had two singles, two RBIs and two runs, while Valerie Whitlock doubled, tripled and drove in a run.
Freshman Bridgette Skaggs (2-1) got the win in relief of sophomore starter Kayla Skaggs. Bridgette Skaggs struck out five, walked five and gave up four hits and two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
The Lady Hawks (3-6) were held to four hits – all singles – and lost for the third time in five games March 31.
Seniors Lyndsay Whitlock and Huff, junior Megan Smith and Johnson each had a hit for the Lady Hawks. Whitlock also had a stolen base.
Bridgette Skaggs (2-2) allowed eight hits, three earned runs and one walk in six innings. She struck out two.
Howell said the Ladies “cut down on errors defensively – which was good to see.”
Florida Beach Bash
The Lady Hawks are playing in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. during spring break.
The team lost to Boyle County 7-4 Sunday. The Lady Hawks (3-7) led 3-1 entering the fourth inning, but couldn’t hold on.
Enlow went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI, while Valerie Whitlock doubled and scored and junior Megan Smith singled.
Editor Linda Ireland contributed to this article.