Ladycats finish what they started at Carroll, 7-0 win

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By Tommie Kendall

In a not-so-ideal situation, the first four innings were played on Thursday, April 2, the final three innings were played on Saturday, April 11, and the Henry County softball team came away with a 7-0 win over Carroll County.

The Ladycats were leading 2-0 when they took to the field nine days after the game was delayed due to lightning. Then, they scored one run in the top of the fifth inning and four runs in the top of the sixth to improve their record to 8-2 this season. Driving to Carroll on a Saturday afternoon during the school’s spring break to play three innings was not the best scenario, but the Cats got the job done and were back to New Castle.

The game had to be finished because it is a district-seeding contest between the two 31st District opponents. Plus, at least five innings have to be played to count towards a full game, which would have erased the first four innings if the two teams did not meet to finish where they left off.

“It was a tough situation but it was what it was and there was nothing we could do about it,” HCHS coach Suzanne Cates said. “It was a hard game but a good tune-up for this week. I’m glad we went up there and took care of business.”

When the Ladycats took to the field, they were ahead 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning and Miranda Hornback was at the plate with two strikes, no outs and no base runners on. The Cats loaded the bases during their first bat but managed to squeeze in just one run. Then, they scored four during a big sixth-inning bat to seal the win. They didn’t score in the seventh.

Jessica Booher pitched both portions of the game — she has thrown every pitch for Henry so far this season — and finished with an impressive 15 strikeouts out of 21 possible. On Saturday, Carroll had just one player reach base in its three innings.

With the win, Henry is 8-2 through the first three-week stretch with wins over Williamstown (10-0), Carroll County (5-1), Harrison County (3-2), Oldham County (6-4), Owen County (7-0), Calloway County (4-2), Cooper (11-1) and Carroll. The Ladycats losses were against Beth Haven (6-0) and Simon Kenton (1-0) — both part of the Southern Spring Break Tournament when Henry went 2-2.

The Ladycats were scheduled to host Owen County on Monday night — if the weather cooperated — and travel to Gallatin County Tuesday. Their next games are this Thursday at South Oldham at 5:30 p.m. and Friday at Owen County in the opening round of the 8th Region All “A” Classic at 6 p.m. This is the first year HCHS is eligible to compete in various small-school All “A” tournaments since the 1998-99 school year, and the first time the Ladycats will compete in the softball tournament.

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