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Jensen Wainscott had three hits and scored three runs. Kenzie Criswell had a pair of hits and knocked in three runs. In the end, however, a late comeback was not enough as the Owen County lost its opener against Gallatin County last week.
After the Lady Rebels rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game, the Lady Wildcats pushed across a run in the bottom half to win the game 7-6.
The game and season began well for Owen County. Wainscott tripled in the opening at bat of the new year and later scored to give her team a quick 1-0 advantage. The Lady Rebels were not finished as Katelyn Sutherland reached on an error and later came around to score on a Lauren Lowe single giving Owen County an early 2-0 lead before Gallatin County came to bat.
Gallatin County scored a run in the bottom of the second to cut the Owen County lead in half. They added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-2 advantage.
The Lady Rebels tied the game in the fifth when Wainscott singled, stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and came around to score on a Criswell sacrifice fly.
The bottom of the fifth was not be kind to Owen County as Gallatin County scored three runs on four hits to retake a 6-3 lead.
Owen County came to the plate in the top of the seventh needing three runs and only having three outs to get them. Wainscott began the inning with a single. Courtney Waldrop followed with a walk. Following an out, Criswell doubled, driving in both Wainscott and Waldrop to cut the deficit to 6-5. The next two hitters for the Lady Rebels walked to load the bases. Lindsay Slayback then drew yet another walk to score Criswell to tie the game at 6-6.
The Lady Rebels, however, were not able to push across the go-ahead run and it came back to haunt them as Gallatin County managed to score a run in the bottom of the seventh to get the 7-6 victory.
Owen County will get their chance at payback Thursday night as they host Gallatin County at 5:30. The Lady Rebels will then travel to Pendleton County Friday night.