Big week on the diamond

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Lady Rebels collide with defending champs in region title game

By Brian Blair

Excitement was not lacking when it came to Owen County softball last week.

The Lady Rebels played six games that included a win in their final at bat, a come-from-behind victory in the next game, and another win that had been a long time coming. That was all before the weekend.

The weekend began with a rain-out Friday night; a win Saturday morning followed by a bus ride; another win; and an exciting 8th Region All “A” Championship game that saw a comeback fall one run short.

No one would blame anyone involved for being a little out of breath.

On Monday, April 12, the Lady Rebels hosted Spencer County and scored single runs in the final four innings to win the game 4-3. A two-out triple in the bottom of the seventh by Katelyn Sutherland scored Courtney Waldrop to secure the win.

The next night saw Owen County fall behind 2-0 to Carroll County before rallying for the 5-2 win. Miranda Owens allowed just two hits after coming in to pitch with two outs in the second inning. She also drove in a run with a triple and scored a run in the win.

On Thursday night, the team travelled to New Castle to take on Henry County. The Lady Rebels were in search of their first win over the Lady Wildcats since 2003. Head coach David Wainscott said the team played the perfect game as they came home with a 2-0 win. Sutherland pitched a complete game, a six-hitter, in the win. She also drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

The Lady Rebels travelled to Gallatin County Friday night for their first-round game of the 8th Region All “A” Classic. The two teams hung around until the game was finally postponed due to rain, meaning the same two teams would meet up again Saturday morning.

The Lady Wildcats had defeated the Lady Rebels twice this season in the final at bats. Owen County made sure that would not happen this time as they won the game 6-3 – meaning they would have to jump back on the bus and travel to Carrollton for the semifinals against Trimble County.

The game was tied heading to the seventh inning when singles by Lynsey Farrar and Waldrop brought Kenzie Criswell to bat. The junior singled, scoring both to give Owen County a 6-4 lead. Owens retired the Lady Raiders in order in the bottom of the seventh to send the Lady Rebels to the championship game against defending 8th Region Champs Walton-Verona.

The game was everything a championship game is supposed to be.

Owen County jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. The Lady Bearcats scored a run in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit in half. They tied the score in the fourth inning only to see Owen County retake it in the top of the fifth.

It appeared the bottom of the inning would be the undoing of Owen County’s championship hopes. Walton-Verona put five runs on the board to go in front, 7-3. The Lady Rebels responded with a rally of their own in the top of the sixth.

Waldrop drove in Owens and Farrar with a double and came around to score herself when Sutherland blasted a homerun over the centerfield fence to tie the game at 7-7.

Walton-Verona posted three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 10-7 advantage into the Lady Rebels’ last at bat. Once again Owen County did not quit as they scored two runs in the top of the seventh but could not get one more and lost 10-9.

This week is a bit of déjà vu for the Lady Rebels as they hosted Walton-Verona last night and will take on Gallatin County tonight in the opening round of the NCKC Tournament.

They will then take on Williamstown at home Thursday night before playing in the High Five Bullitt County Invitational over the weekend.