Softball recap (May 2): OHS, DCHS, THS

May 3, 2022 | 12:03 am

Updated May 2, 2022 | 11:30 pm

The Lady Panthers and Lady Devils struggled in respective losses on Monday, while Trinity was able to overcome its defensive miscues with a walk-off win on an error by Union County.

Owensboro vs Ohio County

A strong second inning was the deciding factor between the Lady Devils and Ohio County on Monday, as Owensboro lost 7-1.

The Lady Eagles started the game off with a bang, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to a solo home run to center by senior Camden Sandefur. They added one more with an RBI double from eighth grader Talynn Clark, but a strikeout for the second out of the inning made it seem like that was all that Ohio County would get.

However, an error by Owensboro that led to a run scoring and a 3-0 Lady Eagles lead kickstarted a strong two-out rally. Eighth grader Lily Hill followed the error up with an RBI single, before junior Eli Graves hit a two-run single and senior Reagan Maggard hit an RBI single to put Ohio County up 7-0 going into the third.

The Lady Devils were able to hold Ohio County scoreless for the remainder of the game, but that didn’t necessarily lead to offense. Owensboro was able to crack the scoreboard in the top of the fifth thanks to an RBI single from eighth grader Mercedes Allgood.

But the Lady Devils wouldn’t be able to score again, as freshman Addy Decker finished her complete-game start and they ultimately lost to Ohio County 7-1.

Allgood was the only player to record an RBI for Owensboro, as they were outhit 8-6 by the Lady Eagles in the loss. The Lady Devils fall to 6-14 overall with the loss, as they will look to bounce back when they hit the road to take on Breckinridge County at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Daviess County vs Madisonville-North Hopkins

Some late struggles led to a steady offensive comeback by Madisonville-North Hopkins, as they held the Lady Panthers scoreless for the final six innings of play to help them grab a 6-5 walk-off win.

Daviess County attempted to take control of the game in the top of the first, kicking things off with a bang offensively. After quickly loading the bases, the Lady Panthers got the first two runs of the game thanks to a single from junior Jessie Daniels.

An error plated the third run of the day for Daviess County, before a two-run single by junior Kaitlyn Hill made it a 5-0 game going into the second inning. After junior Raylee Roby held the Lady Maroons scoreless for the first two innings, they broke through in the bottom of the third with a two-run homer from junior Brenna Sherman to cut their deficit to 5-2.

Madisonville-North Hopkins continued to chip away as the game progressed, grabbing a run in the bottom of the fourth and bottom of the sixth to make it a 5-4 game going into the seventh inning. And after a quiet top half of the inning for the Lady Panthers, the Lady Maroons offense got going once again.

Following a single and a walk to start the inning, junior Chloe Young knotted things up at 5-5 with an RBI single. An intentional walk then loaded the bases, but Roby struck out the next two batters swinging.

However, just when it seemed as though the Lady Panthers would escape the inning and force extra innings, Madisonville-North Hopkins had some tricks up its sleeve. Junior Kaydence Seargant bunted the ball with the bases loaded, leading to an error on Roby and giving the Lady Maroons the 6-5 walk-off win.

Roby was not her usual sharp self in the circle on Monday, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, walking five and striking out four. Meanwhile, Daniels and Hill led the way offensively with a pair of RBIs each.

Daviess County falls to 18-4 overall with the loss, as they will look to bounce back on Wednesday with a home game against Heritage Hills at 5:30 p.m.

Trinity (Whitesville) vs Union County

Despite some struggles in the circle, junior Allie Barnett came up big when it mattered at the plate when she forced an error with a hard ground ball that would give Trinity (Whitesville) a walk-off 6-5 win over the Bravettes.

Union County got the first run of the day in top of the second thanks to an RBI single by freshman Teagan Windell, but the Lady Raiders responded well. They quickly claimed the lead in the bottom of the second, as Trinity got RBI singles from junior Allie Graham and freshman Madison McDaniel to go up 2-1 heading into the third.

However, the Bravettes took advantage of a hit by pitch and two errors with a two-run double from freshman Peyton Jenkins to take a 3-2 lead. Union County tried to seal the deal in the top of the seventh by grabbing two more runs via a sac fly and a Lady Raiders’ error, but Trinity had other ideas.

With runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Trinity scored for the first time since the second inning when freshman Raylee Higdon sent an RBI double to center. The very next at-bat junior Abby Payne doubled to center herself, scoring two to knot things up at 5-5.

With no hits on the day, Barnett then came to the plate with one out and Payne on second. She proceeded to come in clutch, slashing a ball that the shortstop botched and allowed the Lady Raiders to score and claim a 6-5 walk-off win.

Barnett had allowed one earned run in seven innings on the mound, giving up six hits and walking one while having two strikeouts on the day. Her defense didn’t help her much, as Trinity had seven errors which led to Barnett giving up a total of five runs on the day.

Offensively senior Kat Hibbitt led the way with a 4-4 day at the plate, while Payne led the team in RBIs with a pair. Trinity improves to 10-8 overall with the win, as they will look to make it two straight when they travel to take on Muhlenberg County at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

May 3, 2022 | 12:03 am

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