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Coomes and Roberts blast home runs in girls debut

The HCHS Lady Hornets softball team got the season underway with an impressive, 9-3 victory over Owensboro High School at Vastwood Park Monday. Hallie Coomes and Lily Roberts belted home runs for Hancock County during the win.

“This was a good opening win for us. We were a little nervous for our opening game, but Owensboro has improved,” HCHS coach Dwayne Wroe said.

The girls had an inauspicious beginning to the game when the Lady Devils plated two first inning runs against HCHS’s most successful sports program. The Lady Hornets tied the game at 2-2 in the second when Coomes blasted her first career home run, a 2-run shot that cleared the fence in left-center field. Coomes’ teammates greeted her at home plate with cheers and pats on the back.

“It was good to see and I was really happy for Hallie. She had never hit a home run before. She really got us going,” Wroe said.

Hancock County went ahead 3-2 in the third when Bailee Estes walked, stole second base and later scored on an error.

The girls all but sealed the victory in the fifth inning. Emmalynn Higdon led off the frame with a base hit and Estes drew a base on balls. Both girls were knocked home on a double by Kylie Westerfield. Ella Staples reached base on an error before Roberts crushed a 3-run homer that made the score 8-2. The Lady Hornets added one more run when Ella House singled and later scored on a grounder by Layni Roberts.

Owensboro’s final run came in the seventh.

Lily Roberts earned the win on the mound for HCHS. She allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits, with one walk and 13 strike outs.

Lily was 2 for 3 at the plate with the homer and three RBI. Coomes was 1 for 2 with the homer and two RBI.  Higdon was 1 for 1, Estes was 1 for 2 with two runs scored and two steals, Westerfield was 1 for 3 with the double and two RBI, House and Adi Hurst both went 1 for 3, Layni Roberts was 0-1 with one RBI.

Apollo

Ella Staples knocked in four runs and Lily Roberts struck out 10 batters as the Lady Hornets improved to 2-0 with an 8-1 win at Apollo Tuesday.

“They came up here last year and put a pretty good thumping on us, so it was a good win to go down there and beat pretty much the same team,” Wroe said.

Bailee Estes singled to lead off the game. The short stop stole second base and later scored on a grounder by Staples and Hancock County led 1-0. Apollo answered with a run in the second and the score remained tied at 1-1 for three inning.

Staples put the girls ahead again with an RBI double in the fifth. The bats really came alive in the seventh.

Brooke Toler led off the frame with a walk and Hallie Coomes followed with a single. Estes reached base on a fielder’s choice and Kylie Westerfield delivered an RBI sacrifice fly. Staples then knocked home two more runs with her second double of the game.

The Lady Hornets weren’t finished as Lily Roberts cracked an RBI single and Ella House walked and scored on a hit by Emmalynn Higdon. Apollo then went quietly in the home half of the seventh and Hancock County celebrated the win!

“Staples had a big hit and it was good to see our bats come alive there late,” Wroe said. “It’s great anytime you start out with two wins and we have a good test with Henderson County Thursday. They’re a top-10 team.”

Roberts (2-0) got the win on the mound. She allowed one unearned run on five hits, with 10 Ks and zero walks over seven innings.

Staples was 2 for 4 with two doubles and four RBI, Higdon was 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI, Lily Roberts was 2 for 4 with one RBI, Coomes was 1 for 1 and Estes was 1 for 3 with three runs scored. House, Toler, Breze Riley and Ava Riggs all scored one run each. Adi Hurst and Westerfield had one RBI each.

By Steve Wimmer

 

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