Lady Cats Notch First Win Of Season Over Lady Colonels 21-1
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
It was an offensive onslaught against the Lady Colonels of Caverna as Edmonson County blasted their way to a 21-1 win in their first victory of the season. The offense was highlighted by three Lady Cat homeruns; two of which were by senior Alexa Henderson, and one from junior Alyssa Doyle, the first of her high school career.
After struggling to create offense during their first three games, which were two losses against Russellville (9-0, 18-1) and one against Bowling Green (6-1), the Lady Cats finally got their bats going last night as they put up a total of 22 hits for the game; 6 of which were for extra bases.
The game also had its share of oddities as the two umpires made multiple confusing calls throughout the contest that included a hit batter for Edmonson County that somehow resulted in a called-third strike, a Caverna baserunner called out on her way to third before the throw actually made it there, and the most confusing of all, when the umpires called the game in the middle of the seventh inning on a 10-run rule as the Lady Cats were batting. Run rules apply in high school softball if there is a 15-run lead after three innings or a 10-run lead after 5 innings; however, if the home team is behind, they have to be allowed to bat again, to finish the inning.
When Edmonson County scored their 12th run to make the score 12-1, the officials called the game and left the field. Both teams were confused and stayed on the field for several minutes. After about a 15-minute break, the officials returned to the field and were overheard telling one player "we were told the wrong rule," and they resumed play for the remainder of the inning. It turned out to be an offensive explosion for the Lady Cats as Doyle started things off with a 2-run homerun to left and Edmonson County went on to score 9 more runs in the inning (13 total). Doyle narrowly missed her second homerun of the inning when the team batted around and she pelted a line drive to center that hit the fence for a double.
Freshman pitcher Julie Norris pitched the complete game, giving up only one run on three hits. She struck out 5 and walked only two.
Henderson paced the Lady Cat offense, going 4-5 with 7 RBIs on two homers, a double, and a single, while Doyle was 3-5 with a homer, a double, and a single.
Eight other players notched at least one hit for the Lady Cats. Junior Rylee Laster barely missed another EC homerun as her 7th inning blast to right also bounced off the fence, and seventh grader Addie Childress earned her first career varsity hit with a single, also in the 7th inning.
Edmonson County is now 1-3 on the season and is scheduled to take on Metcalfe County away on Thursday at 5:30PM.