Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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May 13, 2014

Central blunts Lady Scotties’ upset bid

GLASGOW — The Lady Scotties put a scare into Central Hardin’s softball team Tuesday night. The Lady Bruins came into the Glasgow’s American Legion field with a 29-2-1 record and for six innings it looked like Glasgow was going to upset the third-ranked high school softball team in Kentucky. In the seventh inning, the Lady Bruins scored four runs to rally past Glasgow for a final score of 8-5.

“That’s the third-ranked team in the state and we knew they weren’t going to go away easy. We knew we were going to have to be really strong because they were going to keep battling. They showed why they are the third-ranked team in the state. They didn’t quit,” said Glasgow’s coach Steven Murphy. I am just proud of our effort. We went toe-to-toe and for four or five innings that’s as good as we’ve played all season long.”

Glasgow started their scoring in the first inning. Bailey Alexander led off with a single to left. Jaycie Edwards followed with a single of her own. Taylor Williams then walked to load the bases before Haven Hernandez singled home Bailey Alexander. Riley Alexander then hit into a fielder’s choice, for the first out, before Central Hardin’s starting pitcher, April Pence, retired the next two batters on strike outs.

In the second inning Glasgow scored three runs on a Taylor William’s home run. Bailey Alexander and Edwards were on base with singles.

In the top of the third Central Hardin scored one run when Amber Hiller led off with a double and was knocked in by a Mariah Bryant single to right center.

Glasgow scored their fifth run in the bottom of the fourth when Edwards drove an 0-2 pitch over the left field fence.

The Lady Bruins batted 9 players in the fifth when they scored three runs on five hits.

Going into the top of the seventh, Glasgow led 5-4. Bryant picked up her third single of the game to lead off the inning. Starter Zoie Ross then walked Aubree Muse. Brittany Dugger came into pitch to Kelsey McGriffin who welcomed her with a single down the left field line. Shelby Maggard then hit a ball over the head of Maggie Phelps, in left field, to score two runs and give the Lady Bruins the lead. Central Hardin picked up two more runs on a bunt single, that ended up in centerfield, by Pence.

Glasgow was unable to answer in the bottom half of the seventh.

“You may look and see Ross gave up six runs, but for the first five innings she pitched as good as she has been all year. Keeping a team like that off stride who swings bats that good. She did a really good job,” said Murphy. “Zoie threw over 100 pitches and we thought a change of pace with Dugger might do some good, but they put the ball in play. You just have to tip your hat and give them credit. They are a good ball club. Our philosophy is it starts in the circle. You have to have good pitching. You have to have good defense and hopefully you’ll score enough to win. Today we just weren’t able to score enough against a good offensive ball club. I am proud of my girls and the effort we got today. This was the last home game for our three seniors, Bailey Alexander, Haven Hernandez and Ashley Smith. They have meant a lot to our program. They really elevated our program to another level and hopefully they’ve passed the torch to these younger kids and they will take it even further.”

Ross picked up the loss. Jessica Nall was credited with the win. She pitched two scoreless, hitless innings and struck out four of the six batters she faced.

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