Lady Cats Fall To Meade Co. In Regional Tourney, Season Ends--Coach Says No Reason To Keep Heads Down
Edmonson Voice Sports/Wildcats Live Staff
It was a tough Memorial Day game for the Lady Cats as they fell in the first round of the Region 3 Tournament 7-0 to end the 2016 season. Although no one wants to end a season with a loss, there are still too many positive things about this season to keep these girls' heads down for too long.
The Lady Cats held their own during the first three innings, trailing only 1-0 until a big Meade County fourth resulted in a deficit of 5-0 going into the 5th inning. Meade County played add-on during the next two innings for a final 7-0 loss for the Lady Cats.
Head Coach Jeremy Garmon credited his seven seniors for showing the younger players the "Lady Cat way."
"There are big shoes to fill for these younger girls," he said. "The standard has been set."
Even though the majority of responsibility was taken on by seniors, Garmon has talked about the entire team unit all year long.
"The whole team battled all year and they have no reason to keep their heads down," he said.
The Lady Cats struggled to get into any sort of rhythm against strong Meade County pitching. "We had lots of emotion packed into the entire weekend for us," Garmon added. "Meade County made plays and we didn't."
Edmonson County mustered up very little offense with only three hits and had a difficult time reaching base. Rebecca Massey, Alex Whitfill, and Maddie Stice each went 1-3 while Rachael Duncan drew a walk along with Kayla Whittington with 2 walks in addition to reaching on a hit-by-pitch.
Garmon pointed out that although the team may not be remembered as the most talented team, it can easily be said that it was a great group of girls that are true winners.
"They made my job very easy. This team will be remembered for the heart and desire they had," he said.
The 12th District Champion Lady Cats finish the season 23-11, which is fourth in all time school wins in one season. It makes the sixth Lady Cat fast-pitch team in the past decade to win 20+ games in a single season. The team is also the only team in EC fast-pitch history to have players that were part of more than one district championship team (2013).