Register Staff Report
The Madison Central Lady Indians lost a slugfest, 11-10, to Tates Creek Wednesday in Lexington.
As they’ve been doing for the past three weeks, the Lady Indians pounded the ball against the Commodores, collecting 17 hits in the game — including eight doubles.
It was the first loss for Central since returning from a Spring Break trip to South Carolina.
Central jumped out to a quick lead, going up 7-2 in the third inning.
But Tates Creek slowly pecked away at the lead, getting three runs in the bottom of the third inning to get to within 7-5.
They then added three more in the fourth inning to take an 8-7 lead.
The Lady Indians answered with a pair of runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to retake the lead at 10-8.
But Tates Creek got three runs in the bottom of the inning to come away with the win.
Central coach Daniel Rogers said his team’s defense in the middle innings was its downfall.
“We didn’t play our game tonight like we have been playing. We didn’t play really good defense there in the third and fourth innings,” Rogers said. “It wasn’t that we were making errors, but we had balls get through that shouldn’t have and stuff like that. But make no mistake about it, Tates Creek hit the ball tonight.”
Cortney Patton started in the circle for Central. She pitched three innings, giving up seven walks — all of which came around to score — and struck out four batters.
MacKenzie Wilder pitched the final four innings in relief and gave up four runs.
Emily Frakes led the way at the plate for Central, going 4-for-4 with a single, three doubles, two RBI and a run scored.
Mackenzie Murphy was 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, one RBI and scored two runs. Kasi Schneid was 2-for-4 with a single, double and two runs scored, while Sydney Vaughn also was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a single and a run scored.
Sarah Arthur had a single, double and two runs scored, Sammie Walzcyk and Reagan Coyle had a double each and Morgan Elliston had a double, RBI and a run scored.
Central’s recent play has made them a target for everybody they play now Rogers said.
“I told the team that we have a target on our backs now. We were kind of flying under the radar most of the year, but now everybody is going to play their best game against us,” Rogers said. “So we have to bring our best game every night too.”
Central is back in action today at home against South Laurel at 6 p.m.