Ella Staples blasted a home run and the Lady Hornets varsity softball team bounced back after a loss in the All “A” regional with a 5-4 victory over South Spencer (Indiana) on Saturday at Vastwood Park.
Baylee Estes led off the bottom of the first inning with a hit and the freshman quickly stole second base. She later scored to give Hancock County a 1-0 lead.
South Spencer countered with two runs in the top of the second to lead 2-1. Emmalynn Higdon ripped a double to score Adi Hurst in the home half of the same frame and the scored was tied. The Lady Rebels plated another run in the third to regain a one run advantage.
The Lady Hornets (15-2) took the lead for good in same inning when Staples belted a 2-run home run. It was the second homer in as many games for one of the region’s top players.
Kylie Westerfield gave HCHS the insurance run they needed in the fourth. The sophomore doubled with two outs to score Higdon.
South Spencer scored its final run in the fifth before the Lady Hornet defense secured the win.
Gracie Gaynor allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, with five Ks and two walks over three innings pitched. Lily Roberts (14-2) allowed one run on two hits, with seven Ks and no walks over four frames. With 189 Ks on the season Roberts ranks amoung the top three in the state for strike outs.
Higdon was 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI, Roberts was 2 for 3 with one RBI, Westerfield was 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI, Staples was 1 for 2 with the homer and two RBI, Hurst was 1 for 3 and Estes was 1 for 4. Westerfield, Estes and Brooke Toler all had one stolen base each.
All “A” regional
The Lady Hornets saw their 12-game winning streak come to an end when they fell 3-2 to Owensboro Catholic in the finals of the 3rd Region All “A” Classic in Owensboro Thursday.
The Lady Aces jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning and Hancock was not able to answer against the pitching of Brooke Hamilton.
Catholic plated runs in the fourth and fifth innings and HCHS trailed 3-0.
The Lady Hornet offense found their rythem in the sixth. Toler led off the inning with a double and two outs later it was Staples who came through with a home run that got the girls back into the game. Hancock County had the tying run in scoring position in the seventh when the third out was recorded.
Lily Roberts absorbed the loss on the mound. She allowed three runs on five hits, with 12 Ks and five walks over seven frames. Hamilton got the win. She allowed four hits and struck out 12.
Staples was 1 for 3 with the home run and two RBI. Hurst was 1 for 2 and Toler was 1 for 3 with the double. Ava Riggs stole a base.
Brooke and Kailey Hamilton had two hits each for the Lady Aces.
By Steve Wimmer