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Lady Hornets beat Tell City 15-0

Gracie Gaynor belted a home run and the Lady Hornets offense produced 15 hits during a 15-0 win over Tell City at Vastwood Park Tuesday. The game was called after four innings due to the run rule.

Hancock County (5-2) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on RBI hits by Ella Staples and Lily Roberts. Breze Riley cracked an RBI double in the second and the route was on.

Gaynor’s homer came in the third when the freshman delivered a 2-run shot that put Hancock ahead 8-0. The Lady Hornet offense continued the onslaught throughout the frame to lead 12-0.  Jordan Cameron hit a walk-off double to end the game via the 15-run rule.

Lily Roberts was excellent on the mound again as she allowed no runs on one hit, with nine Ks and no walks. Baylee Estes was 3 for 3 with one RBI. Lily Roberts was 2 for 2 with a double and two RBI, Layni Roberts was 2 for 2 with a double, Cameron was 1 for 1 with a double and two RBI, Gaynor was 1 for 2 with two RBI, Jordyn Waltrip and Riley were both 1 for 1 with a double and one RBI, Staples was 1 for 1 with three RBI, Aubree Moseby was 1 for 1, Emmalynn Higdon was 1 for 2, Ella House was 1 for 3 with a double and one RBI.

Whitesville

Lily Roberts hit a home run and struck out 17 batters during a 9-2 win for the Lady Hornets over Whitesville Monday at Vastwood Park.

Roberts struck out the side in the top of the first inning then blasted a 2-run homer in the home half of the frame. The junior continued to dominate down Trinity batters, and when they did hit the ball the Hancock defense did the job. Kylie Westerfield singled and scored on a hit by Ella House in the third inning and later crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly by Roberts in the fifth.

Hancock County plated five more runs in a sixth inning that was highlighted by doubles by Emmalynn Higdon and Baylee Estes. Westerfield and Ella Staples both delivered RBI hits during the big inning. Westerfield later made diving catches from her center field position in the fifth and seventh frames.

Roberts came to the mound in the seventh with a no-hitter on the line, but Trinity batters were able to time their swings and wreck the no-no.
Staples ended the game when she threw out Georgia Howard attempting to steal third base. Breze Riley made the tag. Roberts allowed two runs on two hits, with 17 Ks and two walks over seven innings. Allie Graham took the loss for Trinity.“

I can’t say enough about Lily. She’s probably averaging over 14 strike outs per game and that’s a big plus for the team, and she got us going with the 2-run bomb,” HCHS coach Dwayne Wroe said. Westerfield was 2 for 3 with three runs scored and one RBI. Staples was 2 for 4 with one RBI, Raylee Higdon and Emmalynn Higdon were both 1 for 2, Roberts was 1 for 3 with three RBI, Layni Roberts was 1 for 1, House was 1 for 3 with one RBI, and Estes was 1 for 4 with two RBI.

Meade County

The Lady Hornets softball team made a big statement when they knocked off district rival Meade County 6-3 at Vastwood Park Thursday.
Ella Staples and Emmalynn Higdon both smashed home runs for Hancock County.“It’s good to get this win and take a step up in the district race. It’s always a battle when Hancock and Meade meet,” coach Wroe said.

The Lady Mustangs went ahead 1-0 in the first inning before the Lady Hornets responded with a run in the home half of the frame. Staples doubled with two outs and Ava Riggs came in as a courtesy runner. Riggs advanced to third on a wild pitch and Lily Roberts followed with a single to tie the score. Higdon came up with a runner on in the second and took a 3-2 pitch over the fence in center field for a 2-run homer.

Staples cracked a 2-run shot over the fence in left field in the third and the score was 5-2 in favor of the
Lady Hornets.The visitors added one run in the fifth before HCHS went back ahead by three runs after a double by Gracie Gaynor brought home a run. Lily Roberts was doing her usual impressing job on the mound and the junior hurler struck out two batters in the six. Roberts then got the third out on a bunt back to the mound.

Roberts finished off Meade with three more strike outs in the seventh.Roberts got the win by allowing three runs on six hits, with 12 Ks and four walks over seven frames. C. Wiles took the loss for MCHS.Staples was 3 for 4 at the plate with the homer, double and two RBI. Kylie Westerfield was 2 for 3, Higdon was 1 for 3 with the homer and two RBI, Gaynor and Roberts were both 1 for 3 with one RBI each.

Barren County

Hancock County absorbed its first loss of the season after falling 3-0 to Barren County during a doubleheader played at Glasgow Saturday.The game was scoreless until the Trojanettes put up two runs in the bottom of the third inning when Katie Murphy doubled to center field with runners at second and
third.

The Lady Hornets had a runner in scoring position during the third frame but Layni Roberts was left stranded.Barren County’s final run came on a home run to center field by Riley Reed. Lily Roberts took her first loss of the season on the mound despite pitching well. She allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, with 11 Ks and one walk over seven innings.

Chloe Witcher struck out 12 while pitching a 1-hitter for Barren County. Ella House had Hancock’s lone hit. She went 1 for 3 at the plate.

Russellville

Russellville grabbed a big lead early and went on to win by a final score of 11-1 over Hancock County during the second game played at Glasgow Saturday. The Lady Panthers led off the game with a home run and Russellville led 4-0 at the end of the first inning.

They added two more in the second and later led 11-0 when the Lady Hornets came to bat in the bottom of the sixth.Staples came to the plate and fouled off three pitches before connecting for a home run to center field. The game ended via the 10-run rule at the conclusion of the frame.

“Ella’s home run was probably the longest home run I’ve seen hit. It had to be 300 feet,” the coach said. Gracie Gaynor absorbed the loss on the mound. She allowed seven runs on seven hits with one walk. Jordyn Waltrip allowed three runs (none earned) on three hits with two Ks and no walks in two innings pitched.

Lily Roberts allowed one run on three hits with 10 Ks and one walk over four innings. A’miyah Collier was the winning pitcher for Russellville. Higdon was 2 for 3 at the plate and Staples was 1 for 3 with the homer. Westerfield was 1 for 3 and Estes stole one base.

By Steve Wimmer

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