By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
Madison Southern banged out 10 hits and got a strong pitching performance from sophomore ace Tara Bord in a 13-1 victory over West Jessamine Saturday in their first game of the Tomahawk Classic at Madison Central.
Later in the day, Southern suffered a 9-0 loss to Anderson County.
Bord went the distance in the circle for Southern against West Jessamine, allowing only six hits, striking out two and giving up no walks.
The Lady Eagles got production at the plate from throughout the lineup, led by freshman Jaycee Combs, who had a double and a triple and four RBI.
Senior Amber Sparks also had a big performance at the plate, finishing with three singles and an RBI, while senior Paige King added a double and single and one RBI. Taylor Johnson and Kelley Freeman had one single each and Kayla Mullins had a big pinch-hit double in the fifth inning that drove in two runs.
“I thought we hit the ball really well today. This is about the fourth time in a row that we’ve gone with this lineup and it’s producing for us,” Southern coach Brian Foley said. “I thought our defense was good today also. We made some nice plays in the field and Tara threw the ball really well.”
Southern jumped on top of the Lady Colts quickly, scoring five runs in the first inning, the big blow a two-out two-run single by Johnson.
After West got a run in the second, the Lady Eagles came right back and put two more runs on the board in the third.
After a Sparks single and stolen base, King ripped a two-out double to center to bring her in. King then scored on an error on the West shortstop to give Southern a 7-1 lead in the third inning.
The Lady Eagles put the game away with three more runs in the fifth inning. Sparks and King had back-to-back singles to open the inning. After Johnson walked, Mullins hit a line drive in the gap in center field to bring both runners home. Johnson then scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-1.
“We know that whether you start or not, you’ve got to be ready to go at all times and Kayla came up and gave us a big hit there,” Foley said. “That’s what we expect our of our players off the bench every time they come in.”
The Lady Eagles rounded out the scoring with three runs in the seventh inning, with Combs delivering the big triple to seal the win.
The Lady Eagles back in action at 5:30 Tuesday when they take on Clark County in Berea.
On Friday night, Madison Central finished out the first day of the Tomahawk Classic with a 7-4 loss to Centerville (Ohio). The Lady Indians opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over West Jessamine on Friday.
Central did not play on Saturday after the tournament had to be rescheduled after field-condition issues and a team dropped out.