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Lady Rebels fall short in tourney

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By Brian Blair

Before taking the field May 24, the Owen County Lady Rebels were sure of one thing. If they were going to win the 31st District Tournament, they would have to go through a pair of nemeses.

The first was Gallatin County. The two teams split four games during the regular season. No team won any of the four by more than three runs, and Gallatin County won its two games in the final at-bat. As a result, it was assumed that the first round district match-up would be similar. It was.

A Jensen Wainscott single in the first inning scored Katelyn Sutherland and Kenzie Criswell to give Owen County a 2-0 lead. Gallatin County, who was the home team in the game thanks to a higher seed, got on the board in the bottom of the second.

The Lady Rebels pushed across a run in the third and then three more in the fourth to take a 6-1 advantage. The big hit in the inning came off the bat of Courtney Waldrop who drove in Megan Harris and Lynsey Farrar with a double.

The Lady Wildcats, however, refused to go quietly into the night. Instead they rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 6-5. The comeback was not complete until the bottom of the seventh, when with two outs, Gallatin County pushed across the tying run to send the elimination game into extra innings.

In the top of the eighth, the Lady Rebels finally took the fight out of the Lady Wildcats. Owen County put a five-spot on the board in the top of the eighth. Jensen Wainscott again had a two-run single scoring Sutherland and Criswell to cap off the big inning.

Gallatin County could not mount another comeback in their half of the inning, which set up a Henry County versus Owen County district championship game.

The Lady Wildcats advanced to the championship game with a 4-0 win over Carroll County.

It was the fifth straight year the two teams met to decide the district championship.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Henry County scored four times. Unlike years past when the Lady Wildcats jumped out to leads and were unchallenged the rest of the game, the Lady Rebels came back.

Owen County scored two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to make the score 4-3. Henry County added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 7-3, and it appeared they’d wrapped up the title.

The game was not quite over. The Lady Rebels scored twice in the seventh inning but it was not quite enough as they fell 7-5 and again had to watch the Lady Wildcats celebrate a 31st District Championship.

The Lady Rebels’ season ended Monday when they were defeated by Walton-Verona, 2-7.