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Hancock County took the lead in the sixth inning then shut the door in the seventh during a 3-2 win over Whitesville Trinity at Vastwood Park Monday. It was the fifth win in a row for the (10-8) Lady Hornets softball team.
“Lily Roberts pitched a good game and Adi Hurst came up with a big hit in a pinch hit role,” HCHS coach Dwayne Wroe said. “We left too many runners on base, but we made enough plays to win.”
Braley Roberts walked, stole second base then scored on a hit by Ella Staples in the home half of the first inning. The score remained 1-0 until the fifth frame when Baylee Estes led off with a bunt for a base hit and later came home on a sacrifice fly by Kylie Westerfield.
Trinity tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the six when Raylee Higdon hit a 2-run double.
Adi Hurst gave HCHS the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning when she doubled to the fence with two outs. Ella House scored on the play and it was up to the Lady Hornet defense and pitcher Lily Roberts to close out the game in the seventh.
Roberts struck out the first batter then got the second to ground out back to the pitcher’s mound. The third out did not come so easily. Trinity got a runner on first via Lady Hornet error and Madison McDaniel laid down a perfect bunt and suddenly Whitesville had runners at first and second with power hitter Katherine Hibbit coming to the plate.
Hibbit cracked a 1-2 pitch deep in centerfield, but Braley Roberts was there to make the catch and secure the win for Hancock County.“That girl drove Braley all the way back to the fence on the last out, but Braley is a great center fielder and she’s made big plays for us her whole career,” Wroe said.
Lily Roberts allowed two runs on six hits, with 10 Ks and two walks over seven frames to earn the win.
Hurst was 1 for 1 with a double and one RBI, and Staples was 2 for 3 with one RBI. Estes and House both went 1 for 2, and Lily Roberts and Emmalynn Higdon both went 1 for 3 with a double.
Lady Hornets’ five game winning streak came to an end when Meade County won 12-4 here Tuesday.
The Lady Waves jumped on the Lady Hornets’ defense and pitcher Lily Roberts in the top of the first inning and the home team never fully recovered.
Meade plated five runs during the inning and seven more runners crossed home plate before the final out was made in the seventh. Hancock County got three runs in the fifth when Haley Wigginton, Braley Roberts and Westerfield all scored. Hayley McFarling’s 2-run hit highlighted the inning.
The Lady Hornets continued to battle and Staples gave the girls something to cheer about when she belted a solo home run in the seventh.
Lily Roberts allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits and was charged with the loss. McFarling allowed seven runs (two earned) on 11 hits, with two Ks and one walk during seven innings of relief.
Braley Roberts was 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, and McFarling was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
Wigginton was 1 for 2 with a double, Hurst and Brooke Toler both went 1 for 3, Staples was 1 for 4 with the home run, and Westerfield was 1 for 4.
Madelyn Nevitt homered and had three hits for Meade County. Mary Morgan was the winning pitcher.
The Lady Hornets took the lead in the fourth inning and went on to win by a final score of 11-1 over McLean County on Friday at Vastwood Park. The game was called after six frames due to the 10-run rule.
The Lady Cougars lead briefly after scoring one run in the top of the first inning. It was all Hancock County from that point on.
Lily Roberts, Kylie Westerfield, Kennedy Desper and Baylee Estes all scored for the Lady Hornets during the second inning. Braley
Roberts delivered a 2-RBI hit and the score was 4-1 in favor of the home team. Hancock County later plated five runs in a fifth inning that was highlighted by an RBI triple by Hayley McFarling.
Ella Staples and Westerfield both singled and scored in the sixth to give the varsity girls the 10 run advantage needed to close out the contest. Brooke Toler hit an RBI double in end it.
McFarling earned the win on the mound. She allowed one run on three hits, with nine Ks and one walk over six complete innings.
Staples was 2 for 3 at the plate and Westerfield was 2 for 4. Toler was 1 for 1 with a double and one RBI, and Lily Roberts was 1 for 1 with an RBI. Estes was 1 for 2 with one RBI, Ella House was 1 for 2, Braley Roberts was 1 for 4 with three RBI, and McFarling was 1 for 4 with a triple and one RBI. Desper was 0 for 2 with one RBI.
It only took five innings for the Lady Hornets to win via the 10-run rule when they faced Union County here last Thursday. The final score was 11-1.
Staples got the party started when she belted a home run in the bottom of the first inning. McFarling followed with a double and she scored on a base hit by Lily Roberts.
Union plated one run in the top of the second before the home team took a commanding lead.
Staples crushed her second round tripper when she cleared the fence in center field for a 3-run home run. HCHS went ahead 9-1 in the third when House singled and scored and Adi Hurst walked and Estes (pinch runner) crossed home plate on a wild pitch.
The final runs came in the fourth when McFarling led off the frame with a triple. She scored on a ground out by Emmalynn Higdon and House scored on a bases loaded walk. The game ended when the Lady Hornets defense secured three outs in the top of the fifth.
Lily Roberts got the win on the hill. She allowed one unearned run on three hits, with eight Ks and one walk through five innings.
Staples was 2 for 3 with the two home runs and four RBI. McFarling was 2 for 2 with a double and triple, House was 1 for 1, Haley Wigginton was 1 for 2, Braley Roberts was 1 for 3 with three RBI, Lily Roberts was 1 for 3 with one RBI, and Higdon was 0 for 1 with an RBI.
By Steve Wimmer