By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
The Washington County Commanderette softball team hung tough last Wednesday to defeat the Fort Knox Lady Eagles 6-5 for their first victory of the season.
WC’s Kelly Hill went the distance on the mound for the Commanderettes, giving up just one hit in seven innings while striking out eight and walking four.
After a quiet first inning, WC drew first blood, putting up a three-spot in the top of the second. Natalie Maupin tripled and was knocked in by an Amber Taylor single. After Spalding reached first on an error, Hannah Simms, Hill and Jaclyn Kelty all walked, bringing in two more runs for the Commanderettes.
Fort Knox answered with four runs in the bottom of the second, coming on four Commanderette errors.
Washington County took the lead again in the top of the third with Olivia Thompson reaching on a single, followed by walks of Samantha Seger, Spalding, Simms and Hill.
The Lady Eagles went quietly in the third, fourth and fifth innings with Hill pitching a solid game.
Fort Knox added a run on one hit in the bottom of the sixth to draw within one run, trailing 6-5 heading into the seventh inning. Hill was able to close the door on Fort Knox to seal the deal and get the Commanderettes into the win column for the first time this season.
The Commanderettes totaled four hits, one each from Thompson, Maupin, Taylor and Spalding. Hill led WC with 2 RBIs, while Kelty, Taylor and Simms had one each.
The win brought the Commanderettes to 1-3 on the season as they prepared to travel to Mercer County the next day to face the Titans.
Hill took the mound for WC for the second day in a row. The Commanderettes started the game by getting one run on two singles, one each from Kelty and Thompson.
Mercer County got off to their own big start by getting three hits and an error by WC to put six runs on the board in the bottom of the frame to lead 6-1 after one inning.
Both teams failed to tally any hits or runs in the second and Washington County couldn’t put anything together in the top of the third. It proved to be the calm before the storm.
The Titans tagged Hill for six more runs in the bottom of the third, coming on two hits and three more errors by the Commanderettes. Mercer County led 12-1 heading into the fourth.
Washington County added a run in the top of the fourth on one hit and one error. Simms relieved Hill on the mound for WC in the fourth.
Mercer showed no mercy in the bottom of the fourth by plating five more runs on four hits and two WC errors to lead 17-2 at the end of four.
Washington County failed to add any runs in the top of the fifth and that was the ball game.
Hill pitched three innings, giving up six hits while striking out five and walking seven. Simms pitched one inning, allowing four hits and walking one.
Thompson led WC with two hits, while Kelty had the only other hit for the Commanderettes.
The loss dropped WC to 1-5 on the year as they prepare to face the Bethlehem Banshees in district action in Bardstown Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Later in the week, WC plays host to Adair County on Thursday, squaring off against the Lady Indians at Idle Hour Park at 5:30 p.m.
See the complete WC sports schedule for the next week on the bottom of page B1. Check next week’s issue of The Springfield Sun for more highlights and photos, as well as online at www.readthesun.com.