By HEATHER BOATMAN, CJ Correspondent
The Lady Maroons got the victory at home defeating the Lady Commanderettes of Washington County 4-1. First year head coach Kevin Mckee was pleased with the team’s performance.
“We are trying to improve every game, and we have gotten better from the North Laurel game to the Lincoln game and to where we are today.”
In the first inning Pulaski didn’t give Washington County anything. Senior pitcher Sarah Howard was at the mound getting two of her nine strikeouts in the first inning. The Lady Maroons defense only saw the first three batters for the Commanderettes.
Lead off for Pulaski was Jessica Foster who was able to get a single off the third baseman’s error. The lady Maroons left her stranded on third.
In the second inning Pulaski still did not allow any hits. Eighth grader Taryn Davis made of the outs from shortstop. Howard struck out the final batter.
Freshman catcher Shyianna Elliot was able to single off a Commanderettes’ error. Kaylee Wilson was walked, Madison Mayfield hit the ball to the first baseman but Markie Catron (curtsey runner for Elliot) was able to score. Makayla Bryant was able to get a single. Foster was able to knock in Wilson and Bryant with her single.
Freshman Emily Evens got a double and then the Commanderettes walked Howard. Foster was able to score off a single from Taylor Brock. The Lady Maroons ended the inning with the bases loaded and with a score of 4-0.
“We have a long way to go before we are where we want to be but they are headed in the right direction.”
In the third inning Howard had two strikeouts again and the Lady Maroons still had not given up a hit. Wilson struck out but Bryant was able to get a triple as she found the gap between center and right field. Pulaski left Bryant on base.
In the fourth inning Senior catcher Makayla Blevins made the first out but throwing out the runner trying to steal second base. Howard made the next two outs from strikeouts. For Pulaski Howard walked again. Brock was able to get a double and Coach Mckee sent Riley Burton (curtsey runner for Howard) home but she was tagged out.
“We hit the ball well in spots, the top of our order is doing really well the Bottom of our order is still struggling a little bit.”
In the fifth inning the base runner tried to steal second again and this time Blevins was able to make the throw down to second again getting her out. With a grounder to second base Wilson was able to easily field it and get her out at first. The last out came with a ground ball hit to Howard she made the out at first.
For the Lady Maroons Blevins hit the ball to left field and was able to get a double out of it. Junior Kelsey Lorman laid down a bunt that got her to first. Pulaski wasn’t able to score off that leaving Lorman and Blevins still on base.
In the sixth inning the Commanderettes were trying to stay in the game getting their bats going but the Lady Maroons’ defense had an answer for every ball placed in fair territory. Evens got the first out barely making it to a Popfly hit to right field. Davis got the second and third outs catching a line drive and fielding a grounder. Pulaski had three batters up and got them all out. Washington County returned that favor though getting the first three batters of the inning.
In the seventh inning all the Lady Maroons had to do was hold the Commanderettes to lees than three and the game would be over. The first out came with a grounder to Howard but her throw beat the runner. The second two were strikeouts. Pulaski won 4-1 over Washington County.
With this win Pulaski advances to 2-1 on the season. The Lady Maroons return to action on Monday playing Campbellsville on their home field at 6:00.
WC: 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
PC: 0 4 0 0 0 0 X
WP: Howard (PC)
LP: Hannah Coulter(WC)
RBI: Pulaski 3 , Catron, Wilson, Bryant; Washington 1, Abell