The Henry County Lady cats wrapped up the regular season with a tough slate of games that included trips to Eastern High School and Oldham County before finishing with a doubleheader against Western Hills at home on Friday night.
Eastern 16 HCHS 7
The Eagles jumped on the Lady Cats for six runs in the first inning and never looked back as they pounded out 14 hits. The Eagles’ hit parade included seven doubles and two triples.
The Lady Cats’ offense was also potent but could not keep up with the Eagles. Henry County had 9 hits including triples by Olivia Whaley and Shelby Ray.
Lady Cat Coach Jon Kasten gave credit to the Eagles’ hitting ability rather than finding fault with his own team.
“I was really impressed by Eastern’s all around ability,” Kasten said. “They are a great hitting team. They also had a good pitcher.”
Kasten also praised his team.
“I liked that we didn’t just cave in after we got down 6-0 in the top of the first,” he said. “We fought and scored as well. Then, again, down 11 going into the bottom of the sixth, we came back with some hits and scored more. We knew going in that this was going to be our toughest week of the season and that Eastern would be one of the top teams we see all year.”
Kasten complimented his second baseman for her offensive performance.
“Olivia Whaley hit the ball very well in this game,” Kasten said. “She had a bases-clearing triple and scored two herself.
“Overall, we had nine hits against a good pitcher so I was happy with how we hit.”
Oldham Co. 6 HCHS 0
Oldham County and Henry County played in a game on Thursday that was dedicated to raising funds for the fight against cancer.
The game was called ‘Beat Cancer with a Bat” and the teams played in pink uniforms instead of their traditional blue and red colors.
The teams combined to raise about $800 for the National Foundation for Cancer Research through t-shirt sales, concessions, baked goods and ticket sales.
The Lady Colonels came into the game with the second most wins in the 8th Region with a record of 17-11 and showed, with excellent pitching and timely hitting, why they are considered a favorite to defend their 8th Region crown.
They scored two runs in the first inning and held the Lady Cats hitless through the first three innings before Whaley singled in the top of the fourth.
After the Lady Colonels scored another run in their half of the inning, the Lady Cats threatened with three hits in the fifth but could not get a run home as Katie James was thrown out at the plate trying to score on an infield hit by Madison Rabourn.
The Lady Colonels then added to their lead in the bottom half of the inning with an unearned run.
After Henry County went down in order in the sixth, Oldham County added a final insurance run.
Henry County got a leadoff walk from Mikaela Cline to start the seventh. Cline advanced to second on a groundout by James but was thrown out at third on Molly Williamson’s grounder. With Williamson on first and two outs Ray singled to left field to give the Lady Cats runners on first and second. Rabourn hit a shot to right field that was caught to end the threat and the game.
“We came out a little flat,” Kasten said. “Oldham had some hits in the first inning that just seemed to fall in front of our fielders. There was nothing hard-hit, just bloopers that were finding the open spots. Paige DeBurger pitched well. She threw the ball where we wanted her to but they just were able to get their bats on them and put balls in the open field. Aly came in the second inning and did okay.
“We just struggled with their pitching during this game,” he continued. “We tried to make some adjustments throughout the game but just could never really get anything going offensively. Shelby Ray had a couple of hits and Olivia continued to hit the ball very well.”