Huge third inning leads Green Co. past Commanderettes

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By Brandon Mattingly

Washington County vs Green County
16-2 Green County
When: Monday, April 1
Where: Idle Hour Park
Key players: WCHS - LeeAnn Abell GCHS - Kayla Bale, Brianna Scott
Game highlights: The Washington County Commanderette softball team dropped to 3-4 on the season with Monday night’s 16-2 loss to Green County (6-2) in the first round of the 5th Region All-A Classic.

WC was very much in the game through the first two innings, holding firm at 2-2, but the Lady Dragons unleashed the offense in the third, posting eight runs on their way to a lopsided win.

Junior pitcher Hannah Coulter kept Green County in check in the first inning, before allowing senior Jillian Whitlow to drive in a pair of runs with a single to centerfield and runners at second and third. Junior Laryn Brock thought she had added to the lead with a knock to left field, but sophomore Tori Lawson made a nice running grab and doubled a runner off second base to end the threat.

After a Mary Beth Lawson single and a LeeAnn Abell bunt for a hit, sophomore Amanda Dewitt laid down another bunt that Green County mishandled. The throw to first glanced off the first baseman’s glove, allowing Lawson to come around to score. The Commanderettes then attempted a double steal, and while Dewitt was picked off second base, Abell was able to sneak home for the tying run.

The Lady Dragons opened up the offense in the third inning, including a RBI double by junior Brianna Scott, a two-run single by senior Madison Sidebottom and RBI singles by Brock and senior Raylen Walker. The eight-run outburst gave the Lady Dragons a 10-2 lead and they never looked back.

Junior Lady Dragon Kayla Bale hit a solo homer to left-center to pad the lead in the fourth inning.

The Commanderette offense, on the other hand, went quiet the rest of the way. Senior Maddie Abell got WC’s lone hit in the third inning and LeeAnn Abell’s walk was the team’s only baserunner in the fourth.

Junior Olivia Goatley shifted over from shortstop to pitch the fifth inning, but it didn’t slow the Lady Dragons. Scott cracked a two-run home run to left-center to get her team over the run-rule mark of a 10-run lead and Walker (RBI double) and Whitlow (RBI single) helped push the score to 16-2, forcing WC to need five runs in the bottom of the fifth to keep the game alive.

The Commanderettes, however, still couldn’t get the offense turned around, going three-up, three-down for the second time in the game.
LeeAnn Abell had a single, a walk and a run scored to lead the Commanderettes. Mary Beth Lawson and Maddie Abell added a hit a piece.

Washington County faced Bardstown on Saturday in their first district bout and WC came away with a 17-0 victory. The win came on the heels of a tough 7-6 loss at Casey County the night before.

A convincing 19-3 win at Fort Knox on Thursday put the Commanderettes at 2-2 over the last week. Game info was not available at press time.

Washington County will get a bit of a breather before they take the field again on Monday when they face Nelson County (0-6) at home for the first time since the Lady Cardinals ousted WC in the first round of last year’s 19th District tournament.