Commanderettes crush Cards for 2-0 district start

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By Brandon Mattingly

Washington County vs. Nelson County
11-1 Washington County
When: Monday, April 8
Where: Idle Hour Park
Key players: WCHS - Mercedes Cowherd, Hannah Coulter NCHS - Charessa Coomes.
Game highlights: The Washington County softball team (4-4) only had one game on the week, but it was an impressive week nonetheless, as Nelson County (0-6) left Idle Hour Park with an 11-1 defeat at the hands of the Commanderettes.

Junior pitcher Hannah Coulter was dominant for WC over five innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits.

Washington County made a statement early after Coulter stranded a Lady Cardinal baserunner in the first. That’s when the Commanderettes — who entered the game averaging 17 runs per game in their three wins, but less than three runs per game in their four losses — unleashed the offense for nine runs in the opening frame to essentially put the game away before it got started.

After singles by junior Olivia Goatley and senior Maddie Abell, Goatley scored on a Nelson County throwing error. Sophomore Amanda Dewitt then drove a pair home with a single to centerfield and the Commanderettes were on their way.

Junior Mercedes Cowherd beat out a play at first base to tack on a run later in the inning to make it 5-0, before Goatley mashed a two-run single. Nelson County errors led to another pair of runs to give WC a 9-0 lead out of the gate.

A walk followed by a single by junior Jessica Benbow got the Lady Cards started in the second inning, before Coulter forced the next two batters to pop up and ground into a fielder’s choice. Nelson County did, however, break into the scoring column with a RBI single by senior Charessa Coomes.

The Commanderettes worked themselves into a scoring opportunity again in the third inning by getting the bases loaded behind a pair of singles and a Lady Cards error, but senior Emily Feltner got out of the jam for Nelson County by enducing a grounder to third base.

Nelson County couldn’t capitalize on offense though, and a sophomore Tori Lawson single and a Coulter walk in the bottom of the fourth inning gave Cowherd a chance to put the game away. Cowherd lined a single into left-center, driving home a pair of runs and giving her team a 10-run cushion heading to the fifth inning.

There, Coulter made quick work of the Nelson County hitters, working through a 1-2-3 inning to lock up the win in five.

The win takes Washington County’s 19th District record to 2-0 on the season — they’ve outscored their opponents 28-1 — and gives the Commanderettes a bit of redemption for a first-round exit to the Lady Cards in the first round of last year’s district tournament.

WC hosted Elizabethtown (5-4) on Tuesday after press time and visit Marion County (7-5) tonight at 5:30 p.m. Lexington Christian (5-6) will visit on Thursday at 6 p.m. and the Commanderettes round out five games in five days with a trip to Campbellsville (3-7) on Friday at 5:30 p.m.