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Lady Cats beat Larue 6-5

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Get outslugged by Corbin 9-8

By Greg Woods

 

The Henry County Lady Cats are spending their spring break in Destin, Florida while playing in the Florida Beach Bash. On Sunday the Lady Cats lost to Corbin 9-8. On Monday Henry County bounced back with a 6-5 win over Larue County.

HCHS 6 LaRue County 5

The Lady Cats got off to great start against the Lady Hawks. Aly Stanley was hit by a pitch leading off the game but was caught stealing during Paige DeBurger’s at-bat. But Deburger reached on a walk. After Krista DeBurger flied out to centerfield the Cats rallied for three runs with two outs. Olivia Whaley was hit by a pitch putting runners on first and second. Mikaela Cline then reached on an error and Paige DeBurger scored on the play. Shelby Ray then scored Whaley with a single to left field. After Madison Rabourn walked to load the bases, Molly Wiliamson took ball four to force Cline in for the third run of the inning.

The Cats added a run in the third when Mikaela Cline led off with a double to left field and Shelby Ray knocked her in with a double to centerfield.

The Lady Hawks finally broke through against starting pitcher Krista DeBurger for a run in the third inning on a single and a double to make the score 4-1.

Henry County added two runs in the fourth. Krista DeBurger and Ray got the RBIs as Stanley and Whaley scored.

The score stayed 6-1until LaRue County added a run in the bottom of the fifth. The Lady Hawks scored on the strength of two singles and an error by the Lady Cats.

In the 6th inning LaRue County added another run to creep closer to the Cats.

The Lady Hawks made it close in their last at-bat. They led off with three consecutive singles to score the first run. They scored their second run on ground out to the pitcher for the first out of the inning. The Cats held on by getting a pop out to second base for the second out and after a single put runners on first and third, DeBurger induce a pop up to first base to end the game and give the Lady Cats their third win of the season.

Coach Jon Kasten was pleased with the performance. “Today’s game was better than yesterday,” he said. “We hit the ball hard again. LaRue has a pretty good defense and made some tough plays. Their third baseman probably made four or five really good plays on very hard hit balls.”

Kasten was pleased with his senior pitcher. “Krista pitched a really good game,” he said. “It’s the best she’s been all year. She was able to work the strike zone and put the ball in play where she wanted it for the most part.”

Kasten thought jumping on the Lady Hawks early was the key. “It was good to get up on them in the first inning,” he said.”We let them come back and basically let them have one of their two runs in the seventh inning because we would trade an out for a run being up three. On a steal of second with a runner on third, we threw to second trying to get the out, but we didn’t execute the rundown and left their runner safe at first. It got hairy at he end of the game, bet we were able to keep our heads about us and get the out that we needed to. Olivia Whaley and Shelby Ray hit the ball really well for us. It was great to have them both back hitting the ball hard.”

Corbin 9 HCHS 8

The Henry County Lady Cats’ first game turned out to be a heartbreaker as they fell 9-8 to Corbin in another high scoring game. The Lady Cats have scored at least eight runs in three of their first four games this season, but unlike the other high-scoring games the Lady Cats let walks and defense bring them down.

The Lady Cats opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the second inning when Olivia Whaley led off by reaching first on an error. Mikaela Cline then singled. Shelby Ray advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice. Molly Williamson then hit a line drive to right field that was misplayed which turned into a three-run error as Williamson came all the way around to score behind Whaley and Cline.

The Lady Cats increased their lead in the third inning when Krista DeBurger singled to centerfield to score Aly Stanley who had doubled to lead off the inning.

The Lady Cats looked to be cruising up to that point but Corbin struck for five runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead. Corbin got a bases loaded double to right field to score two runs and another run came home on a throwing error on the play.

The Lady Redhounds scored two more runs on wild pitches by Stanley who had control problems throughout the inning.

Corbin added to their lead in the fifth inning with another run with a double. The runner advanced to third base on a passed ball and then scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

The Cats came back in the bottom of the fifth with four runs to retake the lead. Mikaela Cline had a two-run single with the bases loaded to start the scoring. Olivia Whaley then scored on an error to give the lead back to the Cats. Shelby Ray knocked in the Cats’ final run with a bunt that scored Cline.

Corbin struck back in the top of the sixth for the decisive runs. The Lady Redhounds began the inning with back-to-back singles and then got a two-run double to tie the game.

Corbin then loaded the bases with no outs and looked to be in position for a big inning. The next batter hit a hard groundball to shortstop Krista DeBurger who was able to get the force play at the plate. The play gave the Lady Cats hope that they could get out of the inning without further damage. But the bases were still loaded with just one out. Corbin’s next batter dashed those hopes with an infield hit to second base that scored what turned out to be the winning run. The Lady Cats got of the inning without further damage and still had two more innings to get the comeback win.

Stanley reached first in the sixth inning . She then stole second base but the Cats were unable to get a hit behind her and she ended up stranded at third after advancing on a groundout.

The Cats had one more chance in the seventh when Cline led off with a single. Shen then stole second base. After a strikeout to give the Cats one out, Cline advanced to third on a passed ball. After another strikeout, Cline was thrown out attempting to steal home to end the game.

Kasten said of the final play, “It was an absolute fluke. Mikaela was on third and I was telling her to score on a wild pitch. Their pitcher threw a ball the catcher could never touch and Mikaela did exactly what I told her. The ball hit the brick backstop and came right back to the catcher at home plate and they were able to get her in a run-down.

“The key to this game was our mentality. We had three errors and they were all mental errors, bad throws, not squeezing the ball. In fairness, Corbin was doing the same thing. It was a battle of making fundamental plays and they were able to come out on top.”

“We hit the ball well, especially Mikaela and Aly, but we just didn’t make enough fundamental plays.”