Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

May 3, 2014

PREP SOFTBALL: Williams blasts Lady Scotties to victory over Trojanettes

Hits homer over center field fence

By J. PAT DYER
For the Daily Times

GLASGOW — The Lady Scotties softball team were down to their last out, Friday evening, when first baseman Taylor Williams came to the plate.

Barren County’s Trojanettes were leading 4-3 in the top of the seventh on the BCHS field. There were two outs and Bailey Alexander was standing on second after walking and stealing a base. Williams then hit the ball over the centerfield fence to give her team the lead and the eventual win.

“As a teenage high school player, that’s a situation you dream of,” said Glasgow’s coach Steven Murphy. “You think late at night, laying in bed, I’d like to get a chance like that and she got one of those rare opportunities and took full advantage of it. Coach Jackson visited the mound and I just walked over to Taylor and said. ‘Just relax, take a deep breath, you have nothing to lose. Just step into the batter’s box and if you get a good pitch hit it.’ She hit it hard.”

“They are all tough, but when you lose a district game on a two-run homer, in the seventh, it hurts. But I am proud of our kids. We didn’t quit,” said Barren County’s coach Kevin Jackson. “We are trying to learn how to be finishers and we haven’t got there yet, but we are getting closer. I didn’t think we gave them anything. I thought they earned everything they got.

“I thought overall defensively and our pitching was pretty good tonight. Give Glasgow a lot of credit they didn’t quit. They got down 4-1 and they pecked away at us and made it 4-3. They’ve got some good players. Their top of the lineup is as good as anyone around.”

Glasgow picked up their first run in the top of the opening inning when Alexander tripled to lead off the game. She then scored on a Jaycie Edwards’ sacrifice fly to center.

The Trojanettes tied up the game in the bottom of the second. Abby Elmore led off the inning with a walk off Glasgow’s starting pitcher Zoie Ross. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Natalie Staples. Elmore scored when Glasgow mishandled a fly ball to left.

Barren County’s big inning came in the third. Katy Bridges reached on an error to start the inning. Shelby Wood walked with one out. Amber Jones drove them home with a single and Elmore plated her with a single of her own to give the Trojanettes a 4-1 lead.

Glasgow picked up a second run in the fourth when Amber Lee got her first varsity hit, a double, and scored Katy Hinkley who had singled.

“Katie Hinkley is a freshman who plays right field for us. She had a couple of pitches in that at bat that she didn’t get a real good swing on so she worked through that and got a 0-2 pitch that was outside and she did a good job of taking it the other way to right field.” said Murphy.

The Lady Scotties scored their third run in the fifth after Alexander got her third hit of the game. She then stole second and advanced to third and home on two wild pitches.

“Bailey Alexander has been a five-year starter for us. She is going to play at the next level next year. She’s a heady player. She has a great work ethic. She’s hitting over .500. We almost take it for granted sometimes that she is going to continue to do things. She had a whale of a day today. She’s been strong with the bat and the glove all year. She’s done a lot for us,” said Murphy.

After Williams big hit in the seventh, Barren County wasn’t able to rally in their half. With one out, Wood singled. Then Jones hit a long fly ball to deep center that Ashley Smith ran down. The next batter, Elmore, walked before Smith again caught a fly ball in center to end the game.

“I am very proud today. Our pitching wasn’t great, but we gutted through it. We told Zoie Ross when she came out of the game ‘You might not be happy, but you kept us in the game.’ Brittany Dugger is a sophomore and she had already pitched in some big games for us and we were pleased with her effort closing the game,” said Murphy. “Ashley Smith turned her ankle going in the dugout, about midway through the game, and had to come out, but she wanted to come back in. She runs really good and she made two super plays in the seventh inning that sealed the deal for us. It was a great atmosphere today. I am proud of the girls’ effort and we had a really good crowd.”

Dugger picked up the win in relief. Mackenzie Wells recorded the loss. Wood also pitched for the Trojanettes. Glasgow is now 3-2 in district play while the Trojanettes are 1-4.