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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
Last Tuesday, Washington County pitcher Kelly Hill no-hit the Marion County Lady Knights. But some costly errors allowed the Lady Knights to win 5-4 at Idle Hour Park.
The Commanderettes got off to a 3-0 start through the first two innings, but errors plagued WC in the third, allowing Marion County to plate four on a series of passed balls.
WC tied it up in the fifth on a pair of hits, but Marion took a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth and held on for the win.
Washngton County had six hits, one each from Jaclyn Kelty, Pooh Railey, Olivia Thompson, Meagan Spalding, Samantha Seger and Linda Libby.
Hill pitched seven innings, allowing no hits, but walked 10 while striking out 11.
Last Thursday, the Commanderette softball team prepared for a tough road trip to Boyle by first beating the Burgin Lady Bulldogs 9-4 in Burgin.
The Commanderettes pulled out to a 6-1 lead in the fourth inning and held off a late-inning rally by scoring three in the top of the seventh to go ahead 9-3. Burgin got a run in the bottom of the inning, but Washington County came away with a 9-4 victory.
Kelly Hill pitched five inning, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out four. Hannah Simms came on in relief to pitch the final two frames, allowing three runs on one hit while striking out two and walking two.
Linda Libby led WC with two hits and one RBI. Pooh Railey batted one in while teammates Hill, Samantha Seger, Jaclyn Kelty and Meagan Spalding had a hit each.
Boyle County Invitational
On Saturday, the girls headed to Danville to take part in the Boyle County Invitational. It would prove to be another marathon day as the Commanderettes would play four games in just over six hours.
WC started the tournament with a 1 p.m. game against host Boyle County that saw the Commanderettes beat the Lady Rebels 5-2.
Washington County got off to an early 3-1 lead and were able to maintain it over the distance as Hill pitched a solid game.
Railey led Washington County at the plate with three hits and one RBI. Spalding had a pair of hits and two RBI, while Hill had a pair of hits and one RBI. Kelty had two hits, while Seger, Libby and Olivia Thompson had a hit each.
The Commanderettes hit the diamond again at 4:30 p.m. for a matchup against North Oldham. The Lady Mustangs would prove to be tough in the early going as they got off to a 3-0 lead through the first two innings.
WC scored two in the third, but North Oldham answered with two of their own in the bottom of the third.
Washington County found a burst of offense in the top of the fourth as they shelled Lady Mustang pitching for 11 runs on nine hits, highlighted by a Railey home run.
North Oldham got three back in the fifth, but the Caommanderettes were able to get the 13-8 win behind the pitching of Simms.
Railey led WC with five RBIs on two hits. Amber Taylor had three hits and one RBI.
There was no time to rest for WC as they faced Rowan County at 5:30 p.m. After three straight wins, the Commanderettes’ offense stalled as the Lady Vikings got the lead early and held on for a 9-3 win.
Rowan exploded for six runs in the third inning to take an 8-1 lead. Washington County got a pair of runs in the fourth but were unable to score after that.
Railey had three hits for the Commanderettes. Kelty had one RBI on one hit, while Libby also had one RBI. Hill, Thompson, Taylor, Spalding and Seger had a hit each.
The Commanderettes finished up the tournament with a nightcap game against Nelson County. WC seemed to run out of gas as they failed to score against the Lady Cards who got the 8-0 shutout win.
The Commanderettes wrap up the regular season at home on Thursday when they host E-Town at Idle Hour Park.