http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml/sports/rss.xml en Commanderettes advance to finals http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-advance-finals <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_1553_no-23.jpg" alt="Freshman Elizabeth Riley had a team-high two RBI in the win." title="Freshman Elizabeth Riley had a team-high two RBI in the win." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">With a trip to the district championship and a berth in the region tournament on the line, the Washington County Commanderettes (16-11, 7-2) cruised to a 12-2 win in Monday night&rsquo;s semifinal matchup against Thomas Nelson. The victory was WC&rsquo;s second in a row, following a 5-2 win in the team&rsquo;s regular-season finale against Adair County.</span></p> WC trounces Bardstown in semifinals http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-trounces-bardstown-semifinals <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/stephen_thompson_slide.jpg" alt="Stephen Thompson slides into home in Washington County’s 9-2 victory against Bardstown in the district tournament semifinal." title="Stephen Thompson slides into home in Washington County’s 9-2 victory against Bardstown in the district tournament semifinal." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County Commanders (18-16, 8-1) took home the 19th District championship last season, and on Monday night, they put themselves in a position to repeat that feat.</span></p> <p class="p1"> In a semifinal matchup against Bardstown, the Commanders pulled away for a lopsided 9-2 victory, clinching a spot in the district championship game and a berth in the region tournament. On Thursday, the Commanders lost to Fern Creek 5-4 in extra innings during their regular-season finale.</p> Golf lessons being offered locally http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/golf-lessons-being-offered-locally <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Two separate chances to learn about the game of golf are being sponsored this summer.</span></p> <p class="p1"> The first golf clinic is being held by Washington County High School golf head coach and Lincoln Homestead golf pro Bobby Bartholomai.</p> <p class="p1"> The junior clinic, which will take place at Lincoln Homestead, will be held from May 31 through June 3.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Golfers ages 10 and under will participate from 8 to 9 a.m., while Bartholomai will work with those who are 11 and older from 9 to 10 a.m.</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Shawn Byrd http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-shawn-byrd <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shawn_byrd_1.jpg" alt="Shawn Byrd was taught the importance of hard work at an early age, and according to head coach Adam Blair, that work ethic shows when Byrd steps onto a baseball field. " title="Shawn Byrd was taught the importance of hard work at an early age, and according to head coach Adam Blair, that work ethic shows when Byrd steps onto a baseball field. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> Growing up, Shawn Byrd said he was taught the importance of hard work.</p> <p class="p1"> And according to Washington County head baseball coach Adam Blair, those lessons show each and every time Byrd steps onto the baseball field.</p> <p class="p1"> &ldquo;Shawn&rsquo;s just a hard-working kid, a player who&rsquo;s going to give you 110 percent all the time,&rdquo; Blair said. &ldquo;He would run through a wall for any of his teammates.&rdquo;</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Trae Coulter http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-trae-coulter <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/trae_coulter_1.jpg" alt="As a four-year starter for the Commanders, Trae Coulter has come to appreciate the impact pitchers can have on every game." title="As a four-year starter for the Commanders, Trae Coulter has come to appreciate the impact pitchers can have on every game." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> Whenever Trae Coulter steps onto the mound, he knows that he is in control of the entire game. And in his four years as a starter for the Washington County Commander baseball team &mdash; including multiple years as the team&rsquo;s ace &mdash; it&rsquo;s a role he has come to embrace.</p> <p class="p1"> &ldquo;Everybody feeds off how you&rsquo;re doing,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;and whenever you&rsquo;re on the mound, the game&rsquo;s in your hands and it&rsquo;s all up to you.&rdquo;</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Tanner Yates http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-tanner-yates <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_0095.jpg" alt="Tanner Yates has been playing catcher for almost his entire baseball career." title="Tanner Yates has been playing catcher for almost his entire baseball career." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> When Tanner Yates&rsquo; mother asked him if he wanted to play baseball when he was around 3 or 4 years old, his answer was simple: &ldquo;Well, yeah.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1"> That answer proved to be the right choice for Yates, who immediately became attached to the game.</p> <p class="p1"> One of the things he liked about it, especially when he was younger, was the connections he was able to make through the game.</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Isaac Yates http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-isaac-yates <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_8273.jpg" alt="Isaac Yates switched to first base on defense this season after growing up playing third base." title="Isaac Yates switched to first base on defense this season after growing up playing third base." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">It didn&rsquo;t take long for Isaac Yates to get attached to the game of baseball.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">He remembers starting T-ball when he was either 3 or 4 years old, and from the moment he put on his glove, baseball has been a part of Yates&rsquo; life.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">&ldquo;I really enjoyed the game, and I just stuck with it ever since,&rdquo; he said.</span></p> Bass fishing team competes at state http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/bass-fishing-team-competes-state <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_bass_fishing.jpg" alt="Shown, from left, are Mason Hamilton, Jeremy Bowen (boater) and Nathaniel Messer after second-day weigh in." title="Shown, from left, are Mason Hamilton, Jeremy Bowen (boater) and Nathaniel Messer after second-day weigh in." align="left" hspace="6" width="138" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">It was almost like a passing of the torch.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">At least that was the best way that Washington County&rsquo;s bass fishing head coach Tim Messer could describe it.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">This past weekend, there were four WC athletes who participated in the 2016 KHSAA State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake &mdash; seniors Trevor Sagrecy and Michael Shelton in one boat and sophomore Nathaniel Messer and freshman Mason Hamilton in another.</span></p>