The Barren County 10-Under Softball All-Stars rolled through the preliminary rounds of last weekend’s state tournament at Fern Creek Park. The Trojanettes won their first three games by a combined score of 53-8. So when Barren County opened the semifinals Sunday against Fern Creek Orange, the game set up to be a battle of powerhouses.
Unfortunately for the Trojanettes, Sunday wasn’t their day as Barren County lost the semifinal matchup by a score of 11-1.
“Fern Creek has always been strong in this tournament. They had two teams up here this week, Fern Creek Black and Fern Creek Orange,” said Barren County coach Charles Kerney. “Fern Creek Black was eliminated from the tournament. But their orange team, which is their ‘A’ team, is a solid team. They play a solid game and they do a lot of bunting.
“We just had a little off day. After four days of playing, these girls have never been down, never been down a run since we started. We’ve always been able to jump on top of everyone. This is the first day where they got behind. It was a long game and I tried to get them perked up, but they kind of went down on me.”
Kerney and the Trojanettes must now wait to see if they’re invited to participate in the regional tournament later this month in Fairfield, Ohio.
“We played well (Sunday) and the score doesn’t indicate how the game was really played,” Kerney explained. “I told the girls we’ve been on a mountain top this season and sometimes you get in the valley, but we’re going to come up. We look at one game at a time and we’ve already put this game behind us.”
Barren County opened the tournament with a 14-7 victory over Germantown. The Trojanettes followed that with a 27-0 victory over Auburn and a 12-1 win over Purchase Area.
“We opened up on Thursday afternoon with Germantown, one of the powerhouse teams here in Louisville. We beat them 14-7. We came out well against them,” Kerney said. “On Friday we came out and played Auburn and we won that game 27-0. The girls fired up the offense and really got that going. We also had some tremendous pitching. On Saturday, we came out and played Purchase Area. I hadn’t heard of that team before but they were really good. We beat Purchase Area 12-1.”
The Barren County 10-Under All-Stars include: Bailey Estes, Lara Simmons, Paisley Garrett, Kynlee Sentle, Amber Shives, Gracelyn DeWeese, Shelby Cooper, Katelyn Deckard, Taylor Harlow, Cassie Finley, Emma Hughes, Emilee Kerney, Emma Walden, Ann Bennington Jones, and Quintasia Hall.
“This team is as talented as any team up here. There is no team that’s going to overpower them on their day,” Kerney said. “We are 99 percent sure they will invite us to the region tournament. We’re going to the regional, play hard and have fun. We will be ready to go.”