Pounding out 13 hits, including three home runs, the Cougar softball team steamrolled visiting North Hardin 14-0 in four innings on Thursday.
Grayson County sent 13 batters to the plate in a seven run first inning, then sent 11 to the plate in the third inning to score seven more runs. The game was called by the mercy rule after the Trojans were retired in the fourth inning.
Benefiting from the Cougar onslaught was junior pitcher, Lauren Decker, who shut out the Trojans on one hit and also hit one of the three home runs for the Cougars. Decker walked no one and struck out two Trojans.
Decker gave up a leadoff hit to North Hardin’s Kara Bailey in the first inning, before retiring 10 straight batters over the next three innings. Sydney Coleman reached first on an error with one out in the fourth inning, but Decker got Jo Castillo to fly out to Allie Horton, in center field, then got Kayla Reed to pop up to end the game.
The Cougars scored all they would need in the first inning. With one out, Decker homered to right field. Bailey Snyder and Embry Thorpe both reached on Trojan errors, before Kara Decker walked to load the bases.
Haley Tucker looped a single to right to plate Snyder to make it 2-0. Seventh-grader Rachel Snyder, in the line up as the designated player, singled to right to drive in two more runs and leave runners at the corners. Snyder stole second before Nikki Golden walked to reload the bases.
After Katie Imbrescia popped-up for the second out, Horton ripped a double to score two more runs that made it 6-0. The final run of the inning scored when Lauren Decker was safe on an error.
After being held scoreless in the second inning, the Cougars were at it again in the third. Golden led off with a single and was replaced on the bases by a pinch-runner, freshman Gabby McCarty. Back-to-back singles by Horton and Lauren Decker brought in McCarty with a run to make it 8-0 and leave two runners on base.
That brought up Bailey Snyder, who launched a high fly to right that cleared the wall for a three-run home run to make it 11-0.
Thorpe singled to left to bring up Kara Decker. The lefty second-baseman left no doubt as she launched one over the fence in right field for a two-run homer that made it 13-0.
The Cougars weren’t done yet, though. Tucker beat out an infield hit, and when the throw from shortstop Danielle Thompson was high, Tucker advanced to second base. Rachel Snyder lined out to first for the second out of the inning, but Golden followed by doubling to the wall in left-center to drive in Tucker with the final run of the day.
With the win, the Cougars evened their record at 10-10 for the season. The Trojans fell to 4-16 with the loss.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.