Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 11, 2014

Trojanettes slay Lady Dragons 3-2 in softball

GLASGOW — The Barren County Trojanettes, led by Mackenzie Wells, squeaked by the Green County Lady Dragons 3-2, Friday night, on their home field.

“There’s quality wins and there’s wins and that was a quality win. We scrimmaged Green County last year and they just pounded the ball and they were 8-2 coming into tonight’s game. We knew it was going to be a good ballgame if we played well and we did. That was the question mark and we did play well. We started playing a little better defense this week,” said Trojanette coach Kevin Jackson. “ We made them go station to station, base to base, then it takes three hits to score. A lot of times they had two on, but they didn’t get that extra hit and that’s what you want to try to do.”

Wells pitched a seven inning complete game striking out two and walking none while scattering nine hits.

“No walks was big for Mackenzie. She is just a freshman and when she has her control I feel she is as good as anybody around. I could see in the bullpen she had that look like she really felt comfortable and she threw like it,” Jackson said.

Barren scored first when Kennedy Logsdon singled to lead off the game. Abby Elmore followed it with a hit of her own before the No. 3 hitter, Shelby Wood, sacrificed them to second and third. The fourth hitter grounded out to the shortstop allowing Logsdon to score.

Green County tied the game in the top of the second when Arizona Vaughn singled home Kayla Bale who had singled and stole second before a sacrifice fly moved her to third.

In the top of the third, Green County threatened. The lead-off hitter singled, but back-up catcher Harley Asher threw the runner out trying to steal. The Lady Dragons then singled twice more before Wells enticed Green County’s clean-up hitter to pop out to third.

“We were not healthy top to bottom. Our catcher and No. 3 hitter [Katy Bridges] was out tonight with an eye injury. So we missed the heart of our lineup and our coach on the field at catcher. But I’ll have to say Harley Asher, a freshman, went in and caught tonight so we had a freshman pitcher and catcher [who] both really played above their years tonight,” Jackson said.

In the top of the fourth, the Lady Dragons again put a runner on base when Vaughn singled, but she was put out when Wood, playing second, fielded a ground ball, tagged her and threw to first for an inning-ending double play.

“In a one-run game, just about every play is big. Shelby, a senior at second base, struggled a little bit last night so I was glad to see her make that play and get her confidence back up. I thought overall we really played good defense. We made some big plays at big times,” Jackson said.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Trojanettes managed to score two runs on only one hit. Wood led off the inning with a walk before Brilee Houchens hit a triple down the firstbase line. The next hitter, Cheyanne Cumberland, scored Houchens on a ground out to second.

“We realize we have to put something together. It just takes a little bit of everything. We hit some fly balls, but we put the timely hits together and got that lead 3-1 and I felt it relaxed everybody a little bit and that was the difference.” said Jackson.

The sixth inning looked like Green County would finally get to Wells. The first hitter, Mony Matney, drove a ball over the left, centerfield fence making the score 3-2. The next two batters hit singles. The third batter popped out to Woods at second. Vaughn then hit a hard grounder to third and everyone was safe on a fielder’s choice.

The bases were loaded with one out when lightning was seen in the distance and the umpires ordered the players off the field.

When the game resumed, Wells struck out Hayley Slone before getting Green County pitcher, Majestee Hughes, to ground out to first to end the inning.

“I told Rachel Fields everyone reverts back to being a little kid during a rain delay. We had 23 or 24 girls in the dugout and they all were on their phones Snap Chatting. Whatever, that is, I don’t even know what that is, but they are all Snap Chatting and laughing and having fun,” Jackson said. “Nobody even mentioned what we were going to do when we came back from the rain delay till right before the delay ended. I thought that was really key to Mackenzie coming back out with bases loaded, one out and one ball on the batter. You know you walk in the tying run and it changes the game. She came back from 2-0 and struck the girl out. That was huge.”

The seventh inning was also eventful as a dropped flyball, in center, and a hit batsman, put two Lady Dragon runners on base. Wells escaped once more as she got Bale to fly out to center ending the game.

“It was good win. I am proud of these kids and they are starting to buy into team and taking responsibility for their own ball club and that’s what’s the most fun,” Jackson said.

Wells picked up the win while Hughes suffered the loss. Hughes gave up just four hits.

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