WC softball crushes Burgin, 15-0

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By Brandon Mattingly

Washington County vs. Burgin
15-0 Washington County
When: Thursday, March 14
Where: Idle Hour Park
Key players: WCHS - LeeAnn Abell, Hannah Coulter, Olivia Goatley
Game highlights: The Commanderette softball team started the season with an impressive showing at home against Burgin on Thursday in a 15-0 win in four innings.

“That was definitely a good win,” said Washington County Head Coach Paul Coulter. “You never really know what to expect with Burgin and (through the years) some of those players that we don’t know much about end up being a pitcher that we can’t hit.”

That wasn’t the case last week, as the Commanderettes unleashed seven runs in the first inning on their way to a blowout victory. Washington County had just eight hits to produce their 15 runs, as Burgin pitching walked 13 batters. WC, though, showed great discipline, striking out just once and delivering the big hits when they needed them to break the game open.

After a walk and a stolen base by junior Olivia Goatley, senior LeeAnn Abell smacked a two-run home run over the wall in left-center to give her team a 2-0 that they’d never relinquish.

Senior Hannah Adkins drove in a pair with a bases-loaded single later in the inning to push the lead to 5-0 and Goatley tripled in the inning’s final run a couple of batters later for a 7-0 lead right away. They coasted to victory from there, but it wasn’t all about the offense for the Commanders in the lopsided win.

“Hannah (Coulter) had five strikeouts and walked three, so she pitched well,” Coach Coulter said. “Our defense looked good. We had a couple of errors, but they were just from being too aggressive, which I’ll take those.”

The Commanderettes’ schedule picks up this week with road games at Pulaski County (Wednesday at 6 p.m.), Mercer County (Saturday at 5:30 p.m.) and Marion County (Monday at 5:30 p.m.). WC hosts Danville on Tuesday at 6 p.m.