The Glasgow Lady Scotties used some power hitting to roll to an 11-1 softball victory over Metcalfe County on American Legion Field on Tuesday evening.
The Lady Scotties jumped out to an early lead when Jaycie Edwards and Maggie Phelps hit first inning home runs. Edwards’ homer came first and it was a solo shot. Phelps hit her round-tripper after Haven Hernandez walked to give Glasgow a 3-0 lead after one.
Three runs were more than Glasgow’s pitcher Brittany Dugger would need to seal the victory.
“Anytime we put Brittany on the mound she gives us a good effort. We know she will throw strikes. She keeps people off stride,” said Glasgow coach Steven Murphy. “Our hitters did a nice job of staying back and hitting pitches to the opposite field. Those balls we hit hard were up the middle and to right center. It’s good to see that.
“Not too many times in my tenure had I seen us hit three home runs, so I was glad to see the way they just stayed back and hit the ball hard. I appreciate the effort from the girls today. Defensively we had one error, but we made plays. I was proud of the defense we played today. It was a great team effort.”
Dugger, held the Lady Hornets scoreless in the second inning and her teammates broke the game wide open in the bottom of the inning. Ashley Smith’s speed was too much as she laid down a bunt single to lead off the second. Bailey Alexander followed with a double to drive home Smith. Edwards then walked. Alexander and Edwards were driven home by a Taylor Williams’ single. Hernandez then singled. Williams scored on a throwing error. Kailee Jackson, who had come in to pinch run for Hernandez, scored on a wild pitch to make the score 8-0.
The Lady Hornets scored their only run of the game when Madison Milam and Jordan Samuels hit back to back doubles in the third inning.
Glasgow picked up another run in the bottom of the third when Alexander hit a one-out double and was knocked in by an Edwards’ single.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Glasgow’s Hernandez hit a long towering home run to leadoff the inning.
“There hadn’t been many hit that hard, I can tell you that,” Murphy said.
After the four-bagger, Glasgow picked up their 11th run when Riley Alexander, pinch running for Phelps after she was walked, scored on a fielders’ choice – a Breanna Wooten single had moved her to third.
Dugger held the Lady Hornets scoreless in the top of the fifth to claim a three-hit win.
“Glasgow has a good team. They have a lot of kids with experience,” said Metcalfe County coach Pete DiStefano. “We hung a couple balls they hit. I thought Brilyn Garrett pitched well. This was the second varsity game of her life. She was a little tired from playing yesterday, but she’ll have to get used to that as she pitches more innings.
“We had to replace six starters from last year. We are just going to have to get better everyday. I thought we got better as they game went on.”
Dugger had one strikeout and one walk. Garrett picked up the complete game loss. She walked four and struck out none. She gave up 11 hits.
Metcalfe County drops to 0-2 while Glasgow evens their record at 1-1.