Lady Rebels end regular season with victories

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By Brian Blair

The Owen County softball team took part in the 31st District Tournament earlier this week at Henry County.

Before heading to New Castle, the Lady Rebels had to finish the regular season. They did so by playing three home games.

The first came May 11 as the team hosted Frankfort. The game against the Lady Panthers was Senior Day for Sarah Bihl.

She was recognized before the game and then helped the Lady Rebels pick up an 8-0 win. The senior had two hits, drove in three runs and also scored twice. Jensen Wainscott had two hits and scored two runs.

Owen County scored four runs in the first and two runs in both the third and fifth innings. Katelyn Sutherland and Miranda Owens combined on the two-hit shutout.

The Lady Rebels then hosted Williamstown May 12.

Both teams came out with hot bats as Williamstown put three runs on the board in the top of the first before Owen County answered with five in the bottom of the inning.

The Lady Rebels added two more runs in the second to open up a 7-3 lead. The visitors chipped away at the lead in the top of the third with a pair of runs and another in the fifth to cut the lead to 7-6.

Owen County scored in the bottom of the sixth to extend its advantage to 8-6 heading to the seventh inning. It looked like the eight runs would be enough after the first two Lady Demons were retired in the top of the seventh.

Williamstown took advantage of a walk and a hit batter to rally and eventually take a 9-8 lead. Owen County was then retired in order in the bottom of the inning giving Williamstown the win.

Courtney Waldrop had three hits in the game and drove in two runs. Samantha Toole had two hits and drove in two.

The Lady Rebels came back Friday looking to finish the home portion of their schedule with a win.

Owen County began the game with Eminence with a run in the bottom of the first.

Before a pitch was thrown in the second inning, the skies opened up and the teams went to their respective dugouts to wait out the weather. An hour later and thanks to a few bags of Quick Dry the game was able to resume.

Owen County scored two runs in the bottom of the second and then 10 in the fourth to win the game 13-0 in five innings.

Wainscott pitched a complete game, a two-hitter, to pick up the win. She struck out five. The junior also had three hits and batted in four runs.

Brittany Tuggle had two hits and three RBIs. Megan Harris had a pair of hits and runs batted in and Kenzie Criswell had a hit and drove in a run.

Friday night’s game also featured a ceremony to recognize the 1999 Lady Rebel team that won the 31st District Tournament. Seven players and two coaches returned and were honored before the rain came.

The Lady Rebels took on Carroll County Monday at Henry County in the first round of the 31st District Tournament. The finals were scheduled for Tuesday night also at Henry County.

Owen County was looking to advance to the finals for the fourth straight year and earn a trip to the 8th Region Tournament in Shelby County to be played on Memorial Day.