A near-perfect week for Lady Rebels

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By Brian Blair

Things could not have gone much better for the Owen County softball team lately. The team played four games. They “mercy-ruled” three opponents, defeated a district foe and won a tournament for the second time in four years.

In capturing four wins, the Lady Rebels outscored their opponents 43-4 and out-hit them 40-8.

With the 31st district tournament this week in Owenton, it appears the team is peaking at the right time.

The week began with a home game with Eminence May 19. It was Senior Night for Lyndsey Slayback, Lauren Lowe and Jensen Wainscott. The trio played a big part in the win as they helped lead Owen County to a 13-0 triumph. Lowe and Slayback each had two hits and a pair of RBIs while Wainscott scored three runs.

It wasn’t just the seniors who played well. A pair of freshmen also contributed to the cause. Courtney Waldrop had two hits and scored three runs while Katelyn Sutherland gave up just one hit and struck out seven. She also had a hit and drove in a run.

The team hit the road Thursday for a game at Carroll County. Owen County got on the board in the first inning. Waldrop and Kenzie Criswell each had RBI hits to give their team a 2-0 lead. The Lady Rebels added a run in the third and three more in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead.

The Lady Panthers scored in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 6-1, but it was the only run Miranda Owens allowed. Waldrop finished the game with three hits and two runs scored. Criswell had three hits and three runs batted in on the night.

Owen County then headed out to play in the Burgin Tournament Saturday. The weather was warmer than it was in 2007, but the result was the same as Owen County won the tournament for the second time in four years.

They not only won the Burgin Tournament, they dominated.

Miranda Owens did not allow a hit in the first game against Williamsburg and her team pounded out 11 hits in winning 11-0 in five innings. Again it was Waldrop and Criswell who had big games. Waldrop had two hits and scored three runs. Criswell had two hits and scored two runs. Lowe also had a good game at the plate as she drove in four runs while collecting two hits.

Against the host team Burgin, Sutherland gave up just two hits while striking out six as Owen County won 13-3 in five innings. Waldrop had a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly to pace the offense while Owens and Lowe each had a hit and drove in two.

The Lady Rebels finished the regular season with an 18-14 record. It is the team’s most wins since 2007 when the team won 16 games before district and regional play.

The Lady Rebs hosted the 31st District Tournament and beat Gallatin County Monday, 11-6.  The championship game is scheduled for Tuesday night.