GLASGOW — Glasgow’s two seniors got to play catch for one last time at American Legion Park on Friday evening as Taylor Murphy threw from the mound and Amanda Lee crouched down behind the plate in their Region 4 matchup against Metcalfe County.
The Lady Scotties celebrated senior night before the game by recognizing Lee and Murphy.
They also celebrated after the game, as they defeated the Lady Hornets 9-5.
“It’s big,” Lee said of their victory. “You only have senior night one time, so it’s something special for us.
“With it being the last game that’s ever going to be played on American Legion, it means a little bit more.”
Lee said a pitcher and a catcher “have to have a strong bond,” and that she and Murphy have been playing together “for forever.”
“It’s something that just comes natural now,” Lee said. “It’s just like playing catch.”
Murphy said winning on senior night “is a pretty big deal.”
“Our last home game, our last game of the regular season, and our last game at American Legion,” she said. “So we definitely wanted to get a win today.”
Having Lee catching behind the plate “definitely makes me feel more comfortable” throwing the ball, Murphy said. “It’s just nice knowing that I’ve always had her up there.
“She’s an extremely good catcher, and has a good arm.”
The Lady Scotties took a 1-0 lead Friday night when junior Ella Darst hit an RBI single to center field with no outs in the bottom of the second inning. Glasgow extended its advantage later in the frame when two runs scored after a Lady Hornet dropped a fly ball hit by junior Autumn Copass.
To begin the bottom of the third, Lee hit a home run over the left-field fence to give the Lady Scotties a 4-0 lead. Sophomore Brianna Mosier then hit a single to left-center field and stole second base on the next pitch, eventually stealing third. She crossed home plate when Darst hit an RBI single to center field to give the Lady Scotties a 5-0 advantage.
Metcalfe County senior Marley Edmunds got the Lady Hornets on the board when she hit an RBI double to right field with no outs in the top of the fourth. Then junior Marisa Fields hit an RBI single, advancing to second after the Lady Scotties had trouble fielding the ball. Glasgow was then able to retire three straight batters to end the frame with a 5-2 lead.
The Lady Scotties got two runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the fourth, and Murphy was able to drive in a run with a sac fly. Mosier then hit an RBI single that dropped in left-center field to give Glasgow a 7-2 lead.
With no outs in the top of the fifth inning, Lady Hornet sophomore Bailee Garrett hit a three-run home run to cut the Lady Scotties’ lead to just two runs. Metcalfe County almost scored another run, but Glasgow was able to field the ball from the outfield and make a play at home, with Lee tagging out the Lady Hornet runner.
Glasgow eighth-grader Mia Cassady hit a single in the bottom of the frame and later scored off of a Metcalfe County error to give the Lady Scotties an 8-5 advantage.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Mosier hit a single to right field and later stole second and then third. She was able to cross home plate — and give Glasgow a 9-5 lead — when junior Macy Wilkerson drove her in with an RBI double to center field.
Glasgow coach Steven Murphy said he was pleased with how his players performed on Friday, and that they did “some of the things that we haven’t been doing in the recent games.”
“We made the plays defensively and we got some timely hits today,” he said. “We got runners on and we were able to do some things, so I was very proud of our effort.”
Coach Murphy said his seniors have meant a lot to the Lady Scottie softball program.
“When they started, sixth-graders could play,” he said of Lee and his daughter, Taylor. “And so they’ve been with us since they were in the sixth grade, and Amanda’s been starting since seventh grade in one form or fashion.
“The bittersweet thing about this is you form relationships and bonds with these kids and, all of a sudden, they graduate and move on — and you know these two girls are going to do bigger and better things.”
The Lady Scotties (9-12) will take on Barren County in the first round of the 15th District tournament Tuesday at Allen County-Scottsville, while the Lady Hornets (15-13) face Cumberland County on Monday in the first round of the 16th District tournament.