LaRue senior night brings 9-3 win over Elizabethtown

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Landmark News Service

Senior twins Lyndsay and Valarie Whitlock both were in the starting batting order for the first time in eight games, reached base seven times in a combined eight plate appearance and each scored three times as the Lady Hawks ended the regular season with a 9-3 win against the Elizabethtown Lady Panthers.
The Whitlocks, who celebrated senior night along with Ellen Huff and Cassady Crim, reported Saturday for training for their new jobs as ropes instructor at the Lake Cumber­land 4-H camp. They train through Wednesday and the only chance they have of playing again would be if this week’s 18th District Tournament game at Hart County is postponed
 “Valerie and Lyndsay have meant a lot to LaRue County and they have meant a lot not just to the softball team, but all sports as well as the school,” LaRue County coach Aaron Howell said. “They’re great academically they’re great kids and if tonight was their last game, I wish them the best of luck.”
Elizabethtown (14-14-1) could have used a little luck to keep the twins off base. Valerie led off the bottom of the first with a single, was sacrificed to second base by Huff and scored thanks to a wild pitch and a passed ball in a three-pitch span with Lyndsay at the plate. Lyndsay eventually walked, stole second - which she did in each of her first three trips to the plate - and scored on freshman Peyton Gardner’s single to center.
“It was a good senior night against E’town,” said Lyndsay, who has played soccer, basketball and ran track in her illustrious Lady Hawks career. “It’s a good win. Every win’s a good win. We haven’t won in a while, so it was extra good.”
For the first time in a while, LaRue County’s offense was extra good. The Lady Hawks’ first six hits came from six different batters and they finished with nine hits to score their nine runs, which were their most in more than a month.
 “I think we needed it big because we’ve been losing a lot lately and this is just going to boost our confidence up for district,” said Gardner, who reached base all four times (two singles), stole a base, scored and drove in three.
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Elizabethtown     001   002    0    3  5  3
LaRue County    200   025     x    9  9  3
Mary Beth Russell, Callie Sondergard (6) and Sydney Herzog. Brittany Enlow and Ellen Huff. WP: Enlow (2-4). LP: Russell (13-13-1). 2B: Enlow (LC).