By SCOTT WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times
Barren County coach Kevin Jackson is working diligently to develop his team’s killer instinct. When BCHS gets a team down, Jackson wants the Trojanettes to go ahead and put them away. He wants them to seal the victory in convincing fashion.
That would have come in handy Monday night as the Trojanettes fought off a furious Metcalfe County rally before holding on for a tough 6-4 softball win over the Lady Hornets.
“I was a little disappointed because we jumped out 6-1 and I thought we had a chance to put them away,” Jackson explained. “I told the girls after the game that you have to learn to put people away and I don’t know if we have that kind of mentality yet or not. But we will get it.”
After spotting Metcalfe County a single run in the top of the first inning on a run by Kelsey White, Barren County put two runs across in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Kennedy Logsdon singled and went to third on a single to Brilee Houchens. Shelby Wood then doubled to score Logsdon and Houchens.
The score stayed 2-1 until the bottom of the third inning when Houchens clobbered a homer over the right field fence to score Logsdon and give BCHS a 4-1 lead. Wood then walked and Abby Elmore double to put runners on second and third. Natalie Staples then doubled to score Wood and Elmore to push the Trojanettes’ advantage to 6-1.
The Lady Hornets came back in the top of the fifth with two runs to make it 6-3. MacKenzie Coleman had a two-run double, scoring Jordan Samuels and Brilyn Garrett. Metcalfe County got another tally in the top of the sixth inning to make it 6-4. Madison Milam knocked in Samuels with a double laced into the alley.
“We missed a couple of scrimmage games this year because of the weather so we’re still kind of feeling our way through the early part of the season,” Jackson explained. “We made about three base-running mistakes tonight. We threw the ball to the base one time and didn’t hit the cut-off. However, those are things that can be corrected.
“I thought we swung the bat a lot better tonight. We hit the ball hard and they made some good awful good plays in the field. That part was most encouraging to me.”
Jackson was also pleased with the pitching of his freshman Mackenzie Wells. “This wasn’t her best game by any stretch of the imagination. She just didn’t have control of her pitches,” Jackson said. “When you struggle to find the zone, you’re not throwing nearly as hard and you’re thinking more than you should. She didn’t have her good stuff tonight, but as a freshman, if you can still fight through it and get the win, that’s always a positive.”
Barren County will host Monroe County for a district game on Tuesday, weather permitting, and will then play host to Caverna on Thursday. The Trojanettes will begin play in the South Warren Invitational on Friday in Bowling Green.