BOWLING GREEN — The Trojanettes trailed the Lady Gators by two runs heading into the top of the seventh inning Tuesday evening at Greenwood.
And then Barren County went down with three straight outs for a 5-3 loss in this Region 4 matchup.
“Greenwood’s a solid team,” Barren County coach Daryl Murphy said after the game. “We knew that coming in. We wanted this kind of test going into the district tournament next week.”
Both teams finished with seven hits and their pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts — Greenwood sophomore pitcher Allison Bush with six and Barren County freshman pitcher Lilie Broady with four.
“So it was kind of a push,” Murphy said. “They had some big hits in key positions.
“They’re a good-hitting ball club.”
Murphy said while they are not really about moral victories this late in the season, “everything we’re doing the next three games is preparing us to get ready for Glasgow next Tuesday night (in the District 15 tournament).”
“So overall, pretty good performance on the road against a pretty solid team.”
Bush struck out the first two Trojanette batters to begin the contest, and then senior Mallory Pedigo hit a single to right field but was tagged out going for second base.
The Trojanettes were able to retire the Lady Gators in the bottom of the frame, which included Broady’s first strikeout of the game.
Barren County loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the second inning, and then with one out, sophomore Ashley Hammer hit a two-RBI single to right-center field to give the Trojanettes a 2-0 lead. Bush later retired the side with her third strikeout of the contest.
The Lady Gators were then able to score four runs in the bottom of the frame, which consisted of an RBI single by freshman Caitlyn Oliver, a two-RBI double by junior Reagan Fletcher — who was able to advance to third base — and an RBI double by freshman Allyson Smith.
Barren County freshman Allie Anderson hit a leadoff single up the middle to begin the top of the third inning, and then Pedigo smacked an RBI double to left field. The Trojanettes got another runner on base and would have scored at least one more run, but Greenwood freshman right fielder Lily Travis made a diving catch to end the inning.
Lady Gator senior Alex Grubbs gave Greenwood a 5-3 lead when she hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the third. The Trojanettes then retired the next three batters, which included Broady's third and fourth strikeout of the contest.
Both teams were scoreless for the rest of the game.
The Trojanettes (27-4) return to action against Russell County on Thursday at home, while the Lady Gators (18-10) travel to Allen County-Scottsville on Wednesday.