The Cougar Softball team faced stiff competition in their opening game, hosting the Lady Aces of Owensboro Catholic. With a final score of 15-2, the Cougar girls managed two runs off of eight hits against a very talented and athletic Owensboro team.
Lauren Decker started at the mound for Grayson County in strong fashion as she and the Cougar infield retired three consecutive batters in the top of the first. Cougar momentum progressed later in the inning as Decker smashed a home run deep into right field, which electrified the home dugout and placed the varsity girls on the scoreboard first. Infielder Embry Thorpe continued the enthusiasm with a hard hit double as the home team seemed on track to pull off an upset.
Heading into the second inning, the Cougars maintained another defensive stand shutting out the Lady Aces while Decker managed to strikeout one of the opposing batters to end the top of the second.
As the Cougars took the batters box, Rachael Snyder belted a hard single and Bailey Sedam followed with a hit deep into the outfield…but the strong arm of the Aces outfield somehow managed to throw out the scoring run at the plate, leaving the Lady Cougars with their first scoreless inning of the night.
It was then the opposing team began playing more aggressively at the plate, with the lead off batter hitting a single up the middle. That was followed by a stand up triple which led to a four run inning by the Lady Aces. With a score of 4-1, the Cougars bounced back as infielder Morgan Henning knocked a base hit into right field, but good pitching by the Lady Aces left the Cougars scoreless again for the inning.
Midways through the fourth, the Owensboro team began showing their athleticism with four more hits, including another stand up triple which produced two more RBIs. With another four-run inning, the Lady Cougars’ deficit increased to 8-1.
The fifth inning left both sides scoreless, but more action was soon to come. The Cougars showed some life in the bottom of the sixth as Embry Thorpe reached first and advanced to second following a sacrifice infield hit by infielder Lindsey O’Neal. Center fielder Kenzi Renfrow responded with a RBI base hit that put the Cougars back on the scoreboard again.
Moving into the seventh and final inning, the Lady Aces began highlighting their batting skills even more with an onslaught of hits, including back-to-back doubles, which eventually led to seven more runs being tallied for the visiting team. The 15-2 deficit proved insurmountable for the Cougars as they took their first regular season loss for the season.
The Cougars’ next game will be against Hancock County on Monday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m.