SOFTBALL: Lady Hawks defeat John Hardin on Senior Night

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Seniors Megan Smith, Bethany Smith and Brittany Enlow honored

By Linda Ireland

 The homestanding LaRue County High School Lady Hawks whipped John Hardin’s Lady Bulldogs 13-2 in five innings Thursday.

In their last home game of the regular season, the Ladies avenged an earlier loss (5-6) to John Hardin and broke a four-game losing streak. The five-inning game was a nice sendoff for the team’s three seniors.

“I was very pleased with our performance on the field tonight, especially on Senior Night,” said Head Coach Aaron Howell. “I am very honored and blessed to have coached three wonderful seniors in Brittany Enlow, Megan Smith and Bethany Skaggs. I wish them the best.”

John Hardin took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and continued to put runners on base but couldn’t get the runs. The Lady Hawks held them to three hits for the game.

“I thought Brittany (Enlow) pitched a great game,” said Howell. “She had good command of her screwball and she hit her spots real well.”

The Lady Hawks answered those two runs and pulled ahead 3-2 with freshman Trishtian Cruse’s out-of-the park homerun.

John Hardin threatened in the top of the second inning with a runner on first and two outs but third baseman Courtney Johnson caught a pop-up to end the inning.

Bethany Skaggs and sophomore Peyton Gardner each hit doubles in the bottom of the second inning, bringing in two more runs.

John Hardin had a quick at-bat in the third inning with a strike out, Smith throwing out a runner at first and pitcher Brittany Enlow throwing out a runner at first.

The Lady Bulldogs tried out a new pitcher and the Lady Hawks took full advantage. LaRue loaded the bases in the bottom of the third inning and kept hitting the ball, bringing in five runs and pulling ahead 8-2.

“I was happy to see Trishtian, Bethany and Brigitte Skaggs hit the ball well,” Howell said. “Eighth grader Jill Hughes has really developed this past year and had a good performance at the plate as well.”

John Hardin again couldn’t get their offense started – three-up, three-down. Enlow struck out two batters and caught a line drive to end the inning.

The Lady Hawks ran up the score in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five more runs – one on an illegal pitch.

Sophomore Brigitte Skaggs replaced Enlow in the fifth inning. John Hardin had the bases loaded with two outs when a runner was called out. John Hardin’s coaches contested the call to no avail.

The 10-run rule applied and the game called with the final score 13-2.

Brigitte Skaggs went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. Gardner and Hughes both had two singles and one RBI while Johnson had one hit and two RBIs. Smith had one hit and scored twice.

UP NEXT: LaRue County hosts Hart County Tuesday in the 18th District Tournament semifinals.