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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
Any time your lead-off batter starts a game with a solo home run and you never trail for the rest of the contest, that’s a good sign. It’s even better when the win comes against a district opponent who has struggled all season. That’s exactly what happened Thursday night as the Washington County Commanderettes cruised past the Bardstown Lady Tigers 21-9 in Bardstown.
The bad news to report from the win was that senior first baseman Pooh Railey’s season came to an end in the first inning after she broke her left ankle sliding into home plate.
Pitcher Hannah Simms went the distance in four innings, allowing 11 hits while striking out three and walking four.
Senior shortstop Kelly Hill started the game off with a bang as she sent the ball over the fence for a home run to start play. Railey, Samantha Seger and Meagan Spalding all singled, and Olivia Thompson doubled to continue the scoring. Simms singled and was knocked in on a triple by Hill as the Commanderettes batted around in the first.
The Lady Tigers roared back with five runs in the bottom of the second, but WC held off the attack to lead 7-5 after two.
The Commanderettes added a pair of runs on as many hits to take a 9-5 lead in the third.
Washington County exploded for 10 runs in the top of the fourth, aided by five Bardstown errors in the inning. The Lady Tigers added three runs in the bottom of the inning as WC took a 19-8 lead into the fifth.
Two more WC runs in the top of the fifth made the score 21-8. Bardstown added one run in the bottom, but Washington County came away with the 21-9 district win.
For more on the Commanderettes, see this week's issue of The Springfield Sun.