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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
The Commanderette’s 11-9 victory over Bethlehem last Monday put them in the 19th District championship game the following day.
The bad news? They would be playing Nelson County, a ball club that has won the previous 18 district titles, and was looking to continue the streak.
The Lady Cards reached the final by taking out Bardstown 11-0 in five innings. That seemed to be Nelson County’s method of operation, because that’s exactly what they did to Washington County in the title game, beating the Commandettes 11-0 in five. The good news is that Washington County, by winning their first round game, lived to fight another day as they advanced to the 5th Region Tournament at North Hardin.
Hannah Simms took the mound in the district finale for WC, while the Lady Cards countered with their ace, junior Paige Holt. It started as a pitcher’s duel with both teams’ bats staying quiet through two innings.
The Lady Cards broke the game open in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs on one hit and four WC errors. Simms hit three straight NC batters to drive in a run. The Cardinals made it a five-run third when Charity Watson’s sacrifice fly drove in another run.
The floodgates opened from there. In the fourth, Lady Cards’ senior catcher Sarah Beth Gillis capped off her final home game with a three-run homer to left field. Watson delivered a two-run double and later made it 11-0 when she scored on a wild pitch by Simms.
That was all Holt needed as she shut the door on the Commanderettes in the top of the fifth to earn the 11-0 victory and Nelson County’s 19th consecutive district championship.
Three Commanderettes were named to the district all-tournament team: senior Amber Taylor and juniors Pooh Railey and Meagan Spalding.
See next week’s Springfield Sun for a complete wrap-up of the 2009 Washington County Commanderette softball season.