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The Henry County Lady Cats hosted the South Oldham Lady Dragons on Thursday evening and came out with a 10-0 five-inning win.
Olivia Whaley led the Cats’ offense with three hits, three stolen bases, three runs scored and 1 RBI. Shelby Ray contributed two RBIs and the Lady Cats took advantage of their speed on the base paths with six steals. Katie James had two steals and Aly Stanley had a steal to add to Whaley’s three thefts. Mikaela Cline had a triple on a hard shot off the left field fence in the second inning to score Whaley and she eventually came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Ray.
The Lady Cats did most of their damage in the first inning when they plated six runs.
Stanley, the Lady Cats’ pitcher, and an improved defense held the Lady Dragons to three hits and only five base runners for the entire game. Stanley struck out seven batters and walked one.
Coach Jon Kasten was pleased with the way his team started the game.
“They have a young team,” Kasten said. “I was happy the way we came out and were aggressive, scoring our first six girls who batted. Then, I thought we backed off a little bit and didn’t give a good effort.
“Defensively, I think it was one of our better games. We made the fundamental plays.”
Gallatin County 7 HCHS 6
The Lady Cats got off to a rocky start when they hosted their district rivals, the Lady Wildcats of Gallatin County on Apr. 9. Gallatin County scored three runs to open the game.
Two Lady Wildcat batters reached on walks with one out before their cleanup hitter and pitcher, Danielle Nichelson smacked a home run over the center field fence to put them up 3-0.
The Lady Cats regained their composure in the bottom half of the first and struck back for three runs to tie the score.
James led off with a walk before Stanley doubled to left field. Whaley followed with a ground ball to third base that went for an infield hit and scored James. Cline followed with a base hit to score Stanley and then Whaley scored on a Ray ground out.
Gallatin County was able to escape further damage and the teams went into the second inning tied at 3-3.
The Lady Cats got out of trouble in the second inning when the Lady Wildcats stranded two runners.
In the bottom of the second the Lady Cats went ahead when Madison Rabourn scored on a Gallatin County error on a Katie James ground ball.
The Lady Cats added two more runs in the bottom of the third. Haley Miles singled to score Cline and Ray after both reached base via walks and Paige DeBurger advanced them to second and third.
Both teams settled down defensively in the middle innings with neither team scoring until Gallatin County broke through for a run in the top of the sixth with one run.
The Lady Cats went quietly down in the bottom of the sixth inning, which meant the Lady Cats had a two-run lead to protect heading into the final inning.
But Gallatin County’s offense broke loose for three runs and the lead. After recording the first out of the inning the Lady Cats gave up a walk, an error, a single and a double to find themselves going into their last at-bat trailing by one run.
Two groundouts and a fly out left the Lady Cats on the losing end of the big district rivalry game of the season.
Kasten was not pleased with the beginning and end of the game.
“I thought we played a very good five inning game,” he said. “The problem is we have to play seven. We played a little scared in the top of the first inning and then played scared again in the seventh inning. I was pleased with how we came back after going down 3-0 in the first.”
Kasten felt that defensive basics were the culprit in the game.
“Our problem was no different that what it has been in every single game we’ve played, win or lose,” Kasten said. “But in district seed games it gets magnified. I need to do a better job of stressing the fundamentals, because it’s not the crazy plays that hurt us, it’s the fundamentals of getting in front of the ball or making a good throw that hurts.”
One player stood out, defensively, as doing a good job in Kasten’s eyes.
“Molly Williamson was amazing in the field,” Kasten said. “She had a lot of hard hit balls at her and came up with every one of them to make great outs.”
Capitol City Classic
The Lady Cats traveled to Frankfort on Friday and Saturday to take part in the Capitol City Classic tournament and lost three games to tough competition.
In their first game the Lady Cats fell to Anderson County 9-2.
The Lady Cats could not overcome a strong start by the Lady Bearcats who scored one run in the first and five in the second to take a commanding 6-0 lead. The Lady Cats did get on the scoreboard in the fourth with Stanley and Whaley scoring runs and Ray and Miles getting the RBIs.
In the second game on Friday night the Lady Cats fell to Boyle County 4-3 after taking the lead in the fourth inning with three runs.
Rabourn hit a bases loaded 3-RBI double to put the Cats ahead 3-2. Miles, DeBurger and Clark scored on the hit.
The Cats could not hold the lead as Boyle scored two in the bottom of the fifth to win the game.
On Saturday the Lady Cats faced Bourbon County and lost 4-1.
“We were in a very strong pool with Anderson who is very good and Boyle and Bourbon are also good teams,” Kasten said. “I thought our best game was against Boyle on Friday night but we let them come back at the end and lost. We need to get better but it’s playing teams like these that will get us better.”