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Three Lady Hornet players hit home runs when Hancock County defeated Breckinridge County 9-6 on Monday in Hardinsburg.
Ella Staples put HCHS up 1-0 when she belted a home run to center field in the first inning. The score remained unchanged until the fourth frame when Staples led off with a double then came home on a triple by Hayley McFarling. Two batters later it was Adi Hurst who went yard with a home run followed by a walk by Ella House. Haley Wigginton got a base hit and Baylee Estes did, as well. Braley Roberts brought a run in with a sacrifice fly and Hancock County led 6-0.
The Lady Tigers plated three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, but Roberts gave the Lady Hornets a cushion when she crushed a 2-run home run over the fence in center field. Hancock County added an insurance run in the seventh when Staples doubled and scored on a hit by Lily Roberts.
The Lady Hornet defense closed the door on the home team with two strike outs and a ground ball to short stop to end the game.
Lily Roberts got the win on the mound. She allowed four runs on 10 hits, with 13 Ks and two walks in 6.2 innings. McFarling allowed two runs on three hits in 0.1 frames.
Staples was 3 for 3 at the plate with the homer, two doubles and one RBI. Braley Roberts was 2 for 3 with the homer and three RBI, Hurst was 1 for 2 with a homer and two RBI, Estes was 2 for 3, McFarling was 1 for 3 with a triple and one RBI, Lily Roberts was 1 for 3 with one RBI, and Wigginton was 1 for 3. House and Lauren Proctor scored one run each.
Hancock County grabbed the lead in the first inning and never trailed during an 8-3 win at South Spencer (IN) Tuesday.
Braley Roberts led off the game with a hit and Lily Roberts knocked in two runs to give the Lady Hornets an early 2-0 advantage. Kylie Westerfield singled and scored on a hit by Hayley McFarling in the third inning and the score was 3-0.
The Lady Rebels plated lone runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but Hancock County countered with better offense.
Ella House singled and scored in the fourth for the Lady Hornets and Westerfield came home on a defensive error in the fifth. Braley Roberts added an insurance run when she hit safely and scored in the sixth. The final Hornet runs came in the seventh when Lily Roberts and Layni Roberts crossed home plate.
Lily Roberts got the win on the mound. She allowed one run on three hits, with seven Ks and no walks over four innings. McFarling allowed two runs (none earned) on one hit, with one K and three walks in three innings pitched.
House was 2 for 4 with one RBI, and Braley Roberts was 2 for 5 with two runs scored. Lily Roberts was 1 for 2 with a double and two RBI, McFarling was 1 for 3 with one RBI and three stolen bases, Westerfield was 1 for 3 with two runs and three steals, Baylee Estes was 1 for 3, and Ella Staples was 1 for 4.
Butler County round robin
The varsity girls played three games during a round robin tourney at Butler County Saturday. The Lady Hornets were competitive in all three, but came home without a win.
Hancock County fell 6-2 to Holy Cross of Louisville on Saturday morning.
The Lady Hornets offense got runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings only to come up empty. They trailed 6-0 after four frames.
Braley Roberts got a 2-out single in the fifth and Kylie Westerfield followed with base hit. Staples knocked them both home with a single, but she was stranded on the base paths after a fly out ended the inning.
McFarling suffered the loss on the mound. She allowed six runs (two earned) on seven hits, with seven Ks and two walks over five innings.
Staples was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI, and Westerfield was 2 for 3. House was 1 for 2, and Braley Roberts was 1 for 3.
Allen County-Scottsville scored four runs in the first inning and went on to win 8-2 over Hancock County on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Patriots held a 5-0 lead in the third frame when Brook Toler led off the home half of the inning with a single. Westerfield was hit by a pitch and both girls scored on a single by Staples. Hancock County did not seriously threaten the rest of the way.
Lily Roberts took the loss on the mound. She allowed eight runs (two earned) on 12 hits, with one K and one walk over six innings.
Toler was 2 for 2 at the plate and Staples was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI.
The Lady Hornets rallied during a 5-4 loss to Butler County in Hancock County’s final game of the tourney on Saturday. The Lady Bears plated two runs in the first inning and three in the third to lead 5-0.
The Hancock County offense had two outs in the fifth when Proctor doubled to begin a rally. Wigginton walked and Braley Roberts knocked in a run with a single. Westerfield singled in a run and she and Roberts later scored via defensive errors. The score was 5-4 with Staples lined out to end the inning.
The Lady Hornets had a runner in scoring position later in the game but could not convert.
McFarling took the loss on the mound, allowing five runs on seven hits, with two Ks and no walks over 2.2 innings. Lily Roberts allowed no runs on one hit, with six Ks and no walks in 3.1 innings of relief.
Westerfield was 2 for 4 with one RBI, and Proctor was 1 for 2 with a double. Wigginton and Layni Roberts both went 1 for 2, Lily Roberts was 1 for 3, and Braley Roberts was 1 for 4 with one RBI.
All “A” regional
The Lady Hornets had the lead during a 4-2 loss to Owensboro Catholic in the 3rd Region All “A” title game at Edmonson County last Thursday.
Hancock County took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Westerfield singled, stole second base and scored on a hit by Staples.
Catholic plated three runs in the fourth to lead 3-1, but the Lady Hornets made it 3-2 when Staples walked and later scored on a defensive error. Hancock County was unable to mount another scoring run while the Lady Aces added an insurance run in the seventh.
Lily Roberts took the loss on the mound, allowing three runs on six hits, with three Ks and one walk over 3.2 innings. McFarling allowed one run (none earned) on one hit, with two walks over 3.1 frames of relief.
Staples was 2 for 3 with one RBI, and Proctor was 2 for 4. Westerfield, McFarling and Emmalynn Higdon were all 1 for 4.
By Steve Wimmer