Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


April 10, 2014

PREP SOFTBALL: ACS Lady Patriots down Glasgow Lady Scotties 8-7

GLASGOW — The Lady Patriots of Allen County-Scottsville came back to defeat the Lady Scotties 8-7, in softball action, Thursday evening on American Legion Field.

“Hitting is what we've been wanting to get started and that was a big factor in why we came back. Early on we had a few errors, but you can't take anything away from Glasgow. They hit a few bloopers then next thing you know they hit two shots. Coach Murphy does a great job and those girls hit the ball. They hit two big bombs that really put us in the hole,” said Lady Patriots coach Ernie Stafford. “The girls could of easily laid down, but they battled back. When Glasgow got ahead 7-4, we could have just quit, but we were up to the test and handled it well. I am proud of my girls.”

The Lady Patriots jumped out to a 2-0 lead after just three batters when leadoff hitter Erica Pitchford walked and two batters latter Katie Young hit a ball over the left, center-field fence for a two-run homer. Before the inning was over, ACS sent a total of nine players to the plate scoring four first inning runs on five hits. Glasgow quickly responded with a big inning of their own in the first. With one out, Jaycie Edwards walked then the next five Lady Scotties reached base on singles. Glasgow was able to plate three runs before Glasgow's ninth hitter, Ashley Smith, popped out to the catcher on a bunt attempt with the bases loaded.

The Lady Scotties were able to score again in the second on a three-run homerun by Haven Hernandez. Bailey Alexander and Taylor Williams had reached base on singles before Hernandez drove the ball over the left-field fence.

Both teams scored a run in the third inning. The Lady Patriots scored on two singles and an error. Glasgow's run came when Bailey Alexander hit a homerun. Glasgow, before the inning was over, loaded the bases on three straight singles, but left the runners stranded when Allen County-Scottsville pitcher Kriss Anne Pardue relieved starter Autumn Morgan and retired Maggie Phelps on a ground ball, which Pardue fielded, and threw to first for the out.

“Pardue came in and held them, she's a youngster, an eighth-grader and she's pitched every day this week. She's had a little bit of experience this week. She's had games with varsity Monday and Tuesday and JV on Wednesday.” said ACS's Stafford.

Glasgow held a 7-5 lead after three, but they wouldn't score again as Pardue gave up only two hits in four and a half innings of work.

In the fifth inning, ACS picked up a sixth run when Kalee Skaggs reached on a walk and scored on a Glasgow error on a ball hit by Pardue.

In the six inning, Glasgow starter Zoie Ross walked Young to lead off the inning. Ryley Whitney then reached on an error. Glasgow brought in Brittany Dugger to pitch to Savanna Woods. Dugger was able to retire her on a hard hit ground ball to shortstop, but Young scored on the play to tie the game. The next batter, Kirsten Ogles, then hit a single to left to plate the winning run.

In the bottom of the seventh, Bailey Alexander singled up the middle, but the lady Scotties couldn't score her.

“It's disappointing,” said Glasgow coach Steven Murphy. “Our defense let us down a little bit. Our pitchers had a gutsy performance. Saying that, at the end of the ball game we had the tying run at first and the winning run at the plate. That's all you can ask for is a chance to win and we had that. I feel like if this would have been last year, that four-run deficit, we would of hung our heads and probably would have got ten-runned. This year, our girls have a knack for battling back against diversity. They did the same thing today. Hopefully we learn from today and we will be better because of it at the end of the season. Haven and Bailey had home runs. We had 16 hits and scored seven runs. You do that and you have to like your chances to win. I am proud of our effort. We were gutsy and didn't give in when we could have early on. I am really proud of the effort we showed to fight back.”

Pardue picked up the win and Ross the loss. Ross gave up eight runs, but only four were earned. Three times she walked the leadoff hitter in an inning and they all scored. Glasgow had 16 hits on the night to 12 for ACS.

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