It’s a shame the Pulaski County Lady Maroons first-ever game, in their first-ever trip to the Girls’ Fast Pitch State Softball Tournament, had to end in controversy, but that’s exactly what happened in game one of the tourney yesterday morning at Skyview Park.

Scott Taylor’s club led the Oldham County Lady Colonels 1-0 after five innings of play, but after Oldham County knotted the score with a run in the top of the sixth inning at 1-1, the controversy came in the top of the seventh, and the Lady Colonels rode the shift in momentum to a 4-1 victory over Taylor and company in the first game of the day.

The Lady Colonels Kelsey Mullen led the seventh inning off with a triple, putting PC starting pitcher Jessica Randolph, who had pitched a gem for the Lady Maroons, in an immediate jam.

After Randolph retired Tia McIntosh on a fly ball, the controversy reared its ugly head.

The home plate umpire, with Oldham County’s Sara Dresseelhaus at the plate, called Randolph for an illegal pitch, allowing courtesy runner Danielle Irwin, running for Mullen, to score the go-ahead run giving the Lady Colonels a 2-1 lead over PC.

Oldham County plated two more runs on RBI hits from Stephanie West and Christa Jordan, and PC couldn’t recover, dropping its opener, 4-1, and leaving Taylor a little more than displeased about the entire incident immediately following the contest.

“The assistant commissioner of the KHSAA, Roland Williams, came down to the field and took the game away from the umpires, and told them to call the illegal pitch,” stated a very angry and upset Taylor after the contest. “They can fine me, and that’s OK, because it was a horrible call.”

“I understand the explanation the umpire gave me when he called it, but I don’t understand how he could make that call,” Taylor fumed. “I asked him after the game how many times Jessica made an illegal pitch, and he told me she did it about 20 times. I then asked him how come he hadn’t called it 20 times. I asked him why he chose to wait until there was a runner on third base in the seventh inning in a 1-1 game. It was a horrible call. You can print that, and I’ll pay the fine. It was a terrible call, and the truth is the truth.”

That illegal pitch called on Randolph in the seventh inning, the third time she had been hit with that penalty on the day, overshadowed a great pitching performance by the PC sophomore.

Randolph, after being staked to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, was virtually unhittable early on in the contest.

The PC sophomore didn’t allow Oldham County a hit until Michelle Dresselhaus had an infield single with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.

In fact, Randolph had retired 10 Lady Colonel hitters in a row, before Dresselhaus picked up her club’s initial hit of the morning.

Meanwhile, while PC was having trouble getting anything going against McIntosh, the Lady Maroons did pick up an early run, scoring one time in the bottom half of the first inning off Oldham County’s starter, Tia McIntosh.

MacKenzie Tilley got things going with a leadoff single, and she would later come home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Randolph.

That run, however, would be the only offense the Lady Maroons would muster on this day – a day in which Pulaski County struck out 15 times in the seven-inning contest.

“We went for a long stretch in the game without getting a hit, and in fact, we went through a long stretch when we had trouble getting the bat on the ball,” pointed out Taylor.

“They started out with their number two pitcher, McIntosh, and then they brought their number one in, Michelle Dresselhaus, to finish the game, and we told our girls that she would be pitching the ball high and outside, and trying to hit the corners,” added the PC head coach. “We’ve been aggressive all year long, and every girl in our lineup had more strikeouts this year than walks. But, you can’t hit it if you don’t swing.”

Randolph, who brought a 16-8 record into the game, took the loss for the Lady Maroons, but she pitched well enough to win on most days.

Randolph only allowed Oldham County six hits in her seven innings of work, to go along with two strikeouts.

PC, meanwhile, only managed three hits in the game – all singles from Tilley, Miranda Begley and Sarah Wilson.

McIntosh picked up the win, by starting the contest and throwing four innings, allowing all three of PC’s hits in the game, including Tilley’s RBI single. McIntosh also fanned eight PC hitters in her four innings of work.

Michelle Dresselhaus, meanwhile, the Lady Colonels’ pitching ace, came on in the fifth inning in relief of McIntosh, and threw three innings, allowing no hits with seven K’s.

With the loss, the Lady Maroons fell to 27-13 on the season, and dropped down into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament, where they were to run up against the Bearettes of Louisville Butler, champions of the 6th Region.

Oldham Co. 4 6 2

Pulaski Co. 1 3 3

DOUBLES-(OC)-S. Dresselhaus 1.

TRIPLES-(OC)-Mullen 1.

RBI’S-(PC)-Tilley 1. (OC)-West 1, M. Dresselhaus 1, S. Dresselhaus 1.



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