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Ella House gunned down a runner at home plate and Hancock County came from behind to win 5-4 over Madisonville-North Hopkins during an exciting softball game at Vastwood Park Friday. It was the first game of a doubleheader.
“That was a great hustle play by Ella House, to go get it and then throw a strike to home. Also a great play by (Ella) Staples to make the catch and put down the tag,” HCHS coach Dwayne Wroe said. “It was a pretty exciting play to end the game.”
There was no score until the visitors plated three runs in the fourth inning. The Lady Hornets got a run in the home half of the frame when Ella Staples walked and scored on a hit by House.
A solo home run by Amber Osborne in the fifth put the Lady Maroons ahead 4-1, but Hancock County battle their way back in the sixth.
Hayley McFarling led off the inning with a double and Lily Roberts drew a base on balls. House followed with a single and the bases were loaded, then Adi Hurst came to the plate in a pinch hit role. The junior ripped a shot to the outfield that brought home two runs. After a strike out and another walk, Braley Roberts came through with a hit that tied the score at 4-4. Kylie Westerfield then delivered a sacrifice fly that put Hancock County ahead for good.
Lady Hornets pitcher Lily Roberts set down the first two batters in the seventh before the third reached base on a single. Osborne came back to the plate and hit a ball to short right field and Westerfield was on her horse. The ball bounced before she could reach it and it slipped past the freshman, but House, the Hancock second baseman, was there to back up the play. House picked up the ball and rifled it towards home plate as the potential game-tying run was closing in. Lady Hornets catcher Ella Staples made the catch on the hop and tagged out the runner to end the game!
Lily Roberts got the win on the mound. She allowed four runs on seven hits, with four Ks and no walks over seven complete frames.
House was 2 for 3 at the plate with one RBI, and Braley Roberts was 2 for 4 with one RBI. Hurst was 1 for 1 with two RBI, and McFarling was 1 for 2 with a double. Layni Roberts, Brooke Toler and Breze Riley all scored a run. Westerfield had one RBI.
The Lady Hornets banged out 14 hits during an 18-6 win at Webster County in the first game of the doubleheader.
Hancock actually trailed for a minute, but three runs in the second inning, followed by two runs in each of the next three frames left the Lady Hornets leading 10-2. The varsity girls capped off the offensive onslaught with eight runs in the seventh.
McFarling got the win on the mound. She allowed six runs on nine hits, with seven Ks and three walks over seven complete frames.
Westerfield was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI, and Staples was 2 for 4 with a double and four RBI. Wigginton was 2 for 4 with an RBI, House was 2 for 5 with two RBI, Gaynor was 1 for 1 with an RBI, McFarling was 1 for 4 with two RBI, Lily Roberts was 1 for 4 with a double and one RBI, Higdon was 1 for 1, Braley Roberts was 1 for 5 with a double, and Brooke Toler was 0 for 3 with one RBI. Layni Roberts, Proctor and Desper all scored one run each.
Lily goes yard… twice
Lily Roberts hit two home runs and was the winning pitcher during a 13-1 victory for the Lady Hornets at Webster County Monday. The game was the second of a doubleheader.“We had scrimmaged Webster so we felt like we were the better team… and we showed it,” HCHS coach Dwayne Wroe said. “They helped us out by making some errors, but we also hit some balls hard. Lily had a big game and it was good to go over there and get two wins going into district.”
Hancock County (19-14) got the offense started early when Ella Staples cracked an RBI double to put HCHS ahead 1-0 in the first inning. The score was 2-0 when Ella House singled and scored on a hit by Lauren Proctor in the second.
Kylie Westerfield hit an RBI triple and Emmalynn Higdon later followed with a 2-run triple in the fourth. The freshman scored on a base hit by Halle Coomes.
Lily Roberts ended any chance of a home team comeback when she clubbed a grand slam home run in the sixth. The freshman put the icing on the cake with a 2-run homer in the seventh.
Roberts finished 3 for 5 with the two homer and six RBI. House was 3 for 4 with a double, and Westerfield was 3 for 5 with a triple and one RBI. Braley Roberts was 2 for 5 with three runs scored, Higdon was 1 for 1 with a triple and two RBI, Kennedy Desper was 1 for 2 with a double, Staples was 1 for 3 with a double and one RBI, Hayley McFarling was 1 for 3 with one RBI, Gracie Gaynor was 1 for 1, Coomes was 1 for 3 with one RBI, and Haley Wigginton was 1 for 4.
Lily Roberts got the win. She allowed one run on six hits, with 13 Ks and one walk over seven complete innings pitched.
By Steve Wimmer