By Don Brown
May 3, 2014
In something of an oddity for fast-pitch softball, all eight runs scored in Thursday match-up between Edmonson County and Grayson County were scored via home runs.
The bad part of that for Grayson County fans was that Edmonson County’s two home runs accounted for seven sixth-inning runs as the LadyCats topped the Cougars 7-1.
Grayson County’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth when Kaylan Shull went deep off LadyCat starter and winner Paige Carnes.
Freshman Lauren Decker started for the Cougars and was tagged with the loss. She worked out of jams in the first, fourth and fifth before finally giving up runs in the sixth. She pitched five full innings and allowed four runs, three of them earned, on nine hits. She walked no one and struck out three.
She was replaced in the circle in the sixth inning by her cousin, Kara Decker, who allowed three runs, none of which were earned. She walked no one and struck out two.
The Cougars put runners at the corners with just one out in the first inning against Carnes, but Ashley Milliner lined out and Alana Mudd grounded out to end that threat.
A leadoff double by Kara Decker and a Milliner sacrifice put a runner at third base with one out in the fourth inning, but Carnes was able to get out of it by getting Mudd on a come-backer and striking out Haley Brooks.
Lauren Brooks singled and stole second base with one out in the fifth inning, but Grace White popped out and Megan England grounded out to end that threat.
The LadyCats put the game out of reach in the sixth inning. Lauren Decker gave up back-to-back singles to Haley Mills and Madison Rich to start the inning before catcher Rebecca Massey timed a 1-2 change-up from Decdker and drove it out of the park in deep left-center to make it 3-0.
When third-baseman McKenna Wood followed with a solid single to center, Cougar coach Jordan Clemons brought in Kara Decker to finish the game. She got Caitlin Simon to ground the ball to Shull, but the Cougar shortstop booted the ball and everyone was safe.
Brandi Lindsey followed with a single up the middle which loaded the bases. Decker retired the next two batters to give the Cougars hope of getting out of the inning, but Carnes put a charge into a 1-2 pitch and sent a towering shot out of the park for a grand slam and a 7-0 LadyCat lead. All four of those runs were unearned.
Shull led off the bottom of the sixth by belting a 3-1 Carnes pitch over the fence in center to cut the deficit to 7-1. Kara Decker followed with a single and was replaced on the bases by Maddie Duvall, who was later cut down trying to steal second for the second out of the inning.
Mudd was hit by a pitch to keep the inning alive, but Carnes struck out Brooks again to close out the last Cougar threat. The LadyCat right-hander then worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning to record the win.