The Richmond Register

March 20, 2013

H.S. SOFTBALL: Woodford County tops Central, 11-2, in season opener

By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor

RICHMOND — The Lady Indians offense got the season started with a bang.

Two of the first four batters that stepped to the plate Tuesday for Madison Central against Woodford County ripped line drives to the wall.

A double by Katie Brock and a single by Katie Grant gave the Lady Indians a quick 1-0 lead.

After that, Central struggled at the plate, collecting only three more hits and suffered a 11-2 loss in Richmond. Woodford County scored six times in the fourth in take control.

“We just had some trouble adjusting and staying patient at the plate,” Central coach Daniel Rogers said. “That’s all right. We will get that straighten out. We’ve got a lot of good hitters. We will be all right.”

After those back-to-back hits in the first, the next 10 Central batters went down in order. McKenzie Humphrey singled to left in the fifth to end that drought.

In the sixth, Kirsten Spill doubled with one out and scored on a double steal after Summer Fleeman walked. Brock added a single, but Central was not able to push across another run.

Sophomore Olivia Moon started for Central and retired the first five batters she faced. Woodford but together three straight hits in the second to push across a run, then left two batters on base in the third.

In the fourth, Moon allowed seven hits before MacKenzie Wilder came on to get the final out.

 “They just caught up to her more than anything,” Rogers said of Moon. “I probably should have pulled her sooner than I did. I wanted to give her a chance to get out of the inning. She was missing her spots and Woodford County is a good hitting team.”

Wilder pitched the final 3 1/3, allowing three runs on four hits.

Central is set to return to action Thursday at Henry Clay.

Southwestern 5, Berea 4

Miranda Montgomery had three hits, two RBIs and scored a run, but Berea Community suffered a 5-4 loss to Southwestern Tuesday in Somerset.

Jenny Ingram pitched a complete game, striking out two, walking two, while allowing only four hits. She also had two hits and scored a run.

Nikea Banter had a hit, reached on an error and scored a run.

Berea (1-1) had a 2-0 lead and later had a 4-2 lead.

The Lady Pirates are scheduled to return to action Friday at home against Powell County.

Lafayette 4, Madison Southern 3

The Lady Eagles opened their season with a 4-3 loss to Lafayette Tuesday in Lexington.

Southern is set to return to action Thursday at home against Dunbar.