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Commanderettes remain perfect in district play

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By Brandon Mattingly

The Commanderette softball team (6-8) dropped a 12-1 result to border rival Marion County (13-5) on Friday at home. It would be tough not to call the week a win overall for Washington County, though, as they pounded Thomas Nelson (1-11) in a district doubleheader on Thursday night by a combined score of 26-0.

Washington County had plenty of offense Thursday night, but it didn’t come all at once.

Junior Hannah Coulter was on the mound for all nine innings — six innings in game one and three innings in game two — on Thursday night, allowing only two hits and walking one batter, while striking out 10 in back-to-back dominating performances.

A groundout by junior Maddie Abell drove in junior Olivia Goatley in the first inning, followed by hits by sophomores Amanda Dewitt and Tori Lawson to drive senior LeeAnn Abell home.

Dewitt and senior Emily Seger had big hits for the Commanderettes in the third inning that scored two more runs to give WC a 4-0 lead.

They busted the game open in the fifth with three more runs sparked by a Goatley leadoff hit. She, LeeAnn Abell and Dewitt each reached base and came around to score with the help of Tori and Mary Beth Lawson swinging the bat.

The Commanderettes put the Lady Generals away for good in the sixth inning with three more runs, including Goatley and LeeAnn Abell each scoring their third run of the game.

Game two was a similar result, but Washington County made much quicker work of Thomas Nelson the second time around, piling on 12 runs in the third inning to run-rule the Lady Generals early.

LeeAnn Abell’s double and Seger’s single got WC going in the first inning as three runs came around to score and the Commanderettes tacked on another run in the second on a RBI single by junior Mercedes Cowherd.

The third inning was when the bats really came out for Washington County.

Six singles, a hit-by-pitch, an error and three doubles — two by Cowherd and one by Seger — helped the Commanderettes pound away in the third inning and the game never made it to the fourth.
Washington County locked up the win in three innings after a 12-run outburst and improved to 4-0 on the season in district play.

The Commanderettes hosted Bethlehem (10-10) on Tuesday after press time and are scheduled to visit Nelson County (2-13) on Thursday at 7 p.m. They’ll host Casey County (5-9) at 6 p.m. on Friday.