SCOTTSVILLE — Heading into the District 15 championship game, the Trojanettes had already tied a school record with 30 wins on the season. They went on to smash softballs and the record in their 7-1 victory over the Lady Patriots on Wednesday at Allen County-Scottsville.
The three Barren County seniors – Mallory Pedigo, Maddie Hagan and Hayden Sutherland – said this was something that they've been working toward.
"We wanted this all season long," Pedigo said. "So just for our dream to come true and for all of us to do it together as a team is just a really special feeling."
Sutherland added that ACS "took the district title from us last year at home ... so this was a goal since the beginning of the season."
Since the team battled a lot of injuries last year, Hagan said it means a lot to be able to come back and take the title back.
And the seniors came out swinging.
Sutherland hit a leadoff single in the top of the first inning and later scored when Pedigo put the ball in play to give the Trojanettes a 1-0 lead over the Lady Patriots.
ACS tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second when senior Alyssa Jones hit an RBI single to center field.
The Trojanettes were able to load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the second, and then freshman Allie Anderson hit a two-RBI single to right field, followed by an RBI single from Pedigo, an RBI double by Hagan and a two-RBI single from freshman Cora Bogue to give Barren County a 7-1 lead.
ACS was able to get runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the third, but the Trojanettes stranded them on base.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Beka Haddix hit a two-out single down the first-base line, but she was later thrown out trying to steal second.
The Trojanettes loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth, but the Lady Patriots were able to retire the side.
Both teams were scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, and then the Trojanettes retired the Lady Patriots in the top of the seventh for a 7-1 victory and District 15 title.
Pedigo and Haddix both collected two hits on the outing while freshman pitcher Lilie Broady tallied seven strikeouts with no walks.
Barren County coach Daryl Murphy said Broady pitched a phenomenal game while the Trojanettes made some good hits and played great defense behind her.
"Just a great, overall performance," he said.
Both Barren County (31-4) and ACS (12-23) advance to the regional tournament next week at Western Kentucky University.
"It's all about momentum when you get to this postseason," Murphy said, adding that their six-run inning should help with his players' confidence. "We believe that hitting is contagious and it's a momentum thing, and so hopefully that one inning can sustain us as we move forward to the regional tournament next week."
Even though they are a young team, Pedigo said going to region as a No. 1 seed definitely gives them a little more confidence.