By Don Brown
The Cougar softball team opened its quest for its first-ever 3rd Region Championship with a decisive, run-rule, 11-1 win over Ohio County Monday morning at Daviess County High School.
Senior Victoria Decker had a game to remember as she went 3-for-4, including a pair of home runs and a double, and drove in six of the Cougar’s 11 runs. She also was the winning pitcher, allowing just the one run on two hits. She walked a pair but struck out six, facing just 20 batters in her five innings of work.
Grayson County had 14 hits in the game. Jordan Decker was 3-for-3 with a triple and a two-run double. Kaylan Shull had two hits, including a run-scoring triple, while Megan England, Amber Dotson and Myranda Ward all had run-scoring hits.
The Cougars put the game out of reach in the first inning, scoring four times. Shull led off with a single, and Jessika Young singled with one out. England then singled up the middle to bring in Shull with the first run of the game.
Jordan Decker doubled to bring in two more runs before Ward singled to right to drive in the fourth run.
Grayson County made it 8-0 with four more runs in the third inning. Jordan Decker led off with a triple into the gap in right-center, then scored on a Dotson single. Alanna Mudd later forced Dotson for the second out of the inning, but Shull tripled to bring Mudd home from first base.
That brought up Victoria Decker, who sent a pitch deep to left field, with the ball clanging off the scoreboard for a two-run home run.
The Eagles scored their only run of the game in the fifth inning. With one out, Victoria Decker walked both Miranda Stewart and Kelsey Leisure before giving up her second hit to Kelsey Leach to bring in the run. Decker then struck out Lauren Woolen and got Madison Bennet to fly out to end the inning.
The Cougars put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it a run-rule win. Ward and Mudd were both hit by piTChes. Shull forced Mudd at second to put runners at the corners with one out. That brought up Decker one last time and she sent a shot over the fence in center for the three-run homer that ended the game.
The Cougars are now 29-6-1 on the season and were scheduled to face the Apollo E-Gals, 3-2 winners over Meade County, in a second-round matchup on Tuesday evening. Weather was going to be a factor, but check out Saturday’s edition of the News-Gazette for all the results of the 3rd Region Tournament.