The HCMS softball A-team defeated Daviess County 3-2 in a come-from-behind thriller at Vastwood Park Monday.
“We played with heart and came away with a big win. It was an exciting game,” Hancock coach Brooke Gibson said.
Daviess County led 2-0 when Jordyn Waltrip led off the home half of the fourth inning with a triple. Madyson Higdon then delivered an RBI hit to put the Lady Hornets on the scoreboard.
Lani Keller was in as a courtesy runner and advanced to third on a hit by Sophia Newby.
Keller later tied the game when she scored on a passed ball. Ryleigh French then put the ball in play and the Lady Panther third baseman bobbled the ball. Newby was able to score on the play and Hancock County led 3-2.
Waltrip came in to pitch in the last inning. Daviess County had a player in scoring position when Waltrip struck out the final batter to end the game. French pitched four innings and was credited with the win.
“I have to give credit to Daviess County pitcher Sadie Beauchamp. She threw a mean curveball and we couldn’t hit it at the beginning of the game. We asked the girls to make adjustments at the plate and they did.
“Our defense kept us in the game. We had some great plays made against some really hard hit balls. Ryleigh kept pitching and our defense worked hard,” the coach said. The Hancock B-team lost 11-2 to Daviess County.
“They took a tough loss after hanging with them until the 4th inning. Errors and walks hurt us and we didn’t hit the ball like we can.”Girls win at Butler
Hancock County won 4-3 at Butler County on 8/22. Higdon had a double with two RBI as the Lady Hornets plated all four runs in the first inning. Higdon later scored on a passed ball and French added an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
“We came out aggressive at the plate. Ryleigh pitched well and let her defense work,” coach Gibson said.
The Hancock B-team lost 5-8.
By Steve Wimmer