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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
“It’s the little things.” You hear that cliché all the time, but for the Washington County Commanderettes, it happens to be true. Little things like missing a tag or cut-off here and there are adding up to big trouble for ladies.
The team is off to an 0-4 start after dropping home games against Campbellsville and being no-hit by Nelson County last week.
The team spirit was there as they cheered each other on from the dugout, but the Commanderettes continue to search for a way going to turn things around on the field and start racking up some wins.
WC hosted the Lady Eagles last Tuesday to open their home schedule. It was an uphill battle and the Commanderettes found some energy late in the game, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win as Campbellsville went home with a 10-6 victory.
The Commanderettes found themselves in an early hole as Campbellsville scored three runs in the top of the first off starting pitcher Jaclyn Kelty. Two WC errors also contributed to the deficit.
The Lady Eagles added four more runs in the top of the second to take a 7-0 lead.
Kelty settled down in the third, allowing Campbellsville only two hits. The Commanderettes got on the board as Linda Libby walked and advanced to second on a passed pall. A single by Kelly Hill knocked Libby in to make the score 7-1 Campbellsville.
Kelty held the Lady Eagles to just one hit in the fourth as Washington County looked to hold Campbellsville from inflicting further damage.
Three errors by the Lady Eagles helped WC get another run in the fourth, but WC exploded for three runs in the fifth with RBI singles by Hill, Pooh Railey and Olivia Thompson. WC chipped away at Campbellsville’s lead as they trailed 7-5 after five innings.
The Lady Eagles padded their lead with two more runs in the top of the sixth inning, and WC trailed 9-5 heading into the seventh frame.
Campbellsville got another run in the top of the seventh to make it 10-5 as the Commanderettes headed into their final at-bats.
Thompson belted a home run for the Commanderettes in the bottom of the seventh to pull WC within four, but that would be all the local ladies could muster as Campbellsville shut the door on WC.
Kelty went the distance for Washington County, giving up 13 hits while striking out six and walking four.
Thompson had the big bat for the Commanderettes with two hits, including a home run.
The loss dropped WC’s record to 0-3 as they prepared for their first district contest of the season against Nelson County on Thursday.
The Lady Cards came into play Thursday with a deceptive 1-4 record. Except for a 12-1 loss to Butler earlier this year, Nelson County has either won or lost by two or less runs per game. Nelson County was looking for a big win, and they got it at the expense of Washington County as the Commanderettes were no-hit by the Lady Cards’ Paige Holt in five innings for a 12-0 loss.
Out of the gate, the Lady Cards showed why they have been the dominant team in District 19 for years, putting a three-spot on the board in the top of the first against WC pitcher Kelly Hill.
Nelson County added four runs in the top of the third on four hits and a pair of WC errors.
In the meantime, the Commanderettes continued to struggle at the plate.
“We’re not going to get any hits if you don’t swing,” shouted WC head coach Christy Baker from the dugout.
Nelson County added three more runs in the fourth and a pair in the fifth to go up 12-0. Holt continued to mow down the Commanderettes, making quick work of them in five innings. Hill took the loss for Washington County, who fell to 0-4 on the season and 0-1 in district play.
Up next for Washington County are road games against Mercer County April 9 and a rematch against Nelson County in Bardstown on April 13.