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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
If there was one foe that Washington County couldn’t overcome last week, it was Mother Nature. Several days of rain forced the cancellation of several games. The Commanderettes practiced indoors Friday and Sunday afternoon in hopes of getting back out onto the field.
“It’s been very frustrating,” said head coach Christy Baker. “This time of year, it’s hit or miss. The girls are ready to play. You can only practice so much. You need to see yourself playing in a game situation to know what you need to improve.”
Before the foul weather moved in last week, Washington County opened the season at Taylor County. Despite some big hits, the Commanderettes dropped their season opener 9-7 to the Lady Cardinals.
The Commanderettes got off to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning as they held the Lady Cardinals hitless through the first two innings. Taylor County tied it up in the third and took a 4-2 lead in the fourth.
WC got a run back in the fifth as Pooh Railey tripled and was knocked in by an Olivia Thompson single. The Lady Cards, aided by four Washington County errors, exploded for four runs in the bottom of the frame to take an 8-3 lead.
The Commanderettes rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth as Kelly Hill tripled to earn two RBIs. Taylor County added a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 9-7, Taylor County.
Natalie Maupin tripled in the top of the seventh, but the Commanderettes were not able to plate any runs as they fell to Taylor County, 9-7.
Thompson and Hill each had three RBIs for the Commanderettes as Maupin, Thompson and Pooh Railey each had three hits in the loss.
Once the weather cleared, the Commanderettes headed to Louisville to take on the Lady Trojans of Southern High School, where they lost 11-10 in eight innings.
Southern struck first with a run in the first inning. The Commanderettes took a brief 2-1 lead in the top of the second, keyed by a two-RBI double by Hill.
Southern added a run to tie it up in the bottom of the frame.
The WC third saw the Commanderettes take a 4-2 lead, spurred by a two-run homer by Maupin.
Things stayed quiet until the bottom of the fourth, when Southern rallied for six runs on three hits and one WC error.
The Commanderettes battled back to score three in the fifth as Railey and Thompson singled. Maupin stepped to the plate and clouted her second home run of the game to pull WC within one run.
Washington County tied it at 8-8 with an RBI double by Hill.
Each team added a run in the seventh as the score was 9-9 at the end of regulation play.
The game went to international tiebreaker rules with each team starting off with a runner on second base with one out.
WC was able to score once in the top of the eighth, but Southern was able to score twice in the bottom to earn the 11-10 victory.
On the mound, Hill allowed seven hits while striking out seven and waling eight.
Maupin totaled five RBIs on two homers for the Commanderttes.
The Commanderettes’ junior varsity softball team saw action on March 23 as they fell 5-3 to Taylor County.
WC pitcher Hannah Simms gave up five runs on five hits while striking out three and walking four.
If Mother Nature can hold back the downpours and provide some favorable weather, the Commanderettes’ season will continue Thursday night as they host Nelson County at the softball field in Idle Hour Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
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