Southwestern softball head coach Derrick Harris summed it up best, after watching his club take on Casey County in Liberty in the season opener on Tuesday night, in a doubleheader.

“Woody’s back,” noted Harris, after his club won game one of the twinbill against the Lady Rebels 12-0.

Indeed, Jessica Woodall is back, and is back with avengance.

Woodall, a senior this season, missed all of her sophomore year on the diamond due to a knee injury suffered late in the basketball season.

Last year, she came back to the Lady Warriors softball team, but she wasn’t the same Jessica Woodall that folks had been used to seeing on the mound, as she was still nursing that injury.

But, she’s back now, bigger and better than ever before.

Woodall was the story in the Lady Warriors season opener at Casey County on Tuesday night, as she threw a complete game no-hitter against the Lady Rebels, fanning 15 batters along the way.

“Jessica was only going to throw for three or four innings tonight, but she came out so strong, and she was really focused,” Harris stated.

“I just couldn’t find a way to take her out,” added the Lady Warrior coach.

Southwestern all but put this one away in the early going, scoring 3 runs in the top half of the first inning, and adding 3 more runs in the top of the second, which would be way more than enough run support for Woodall on this particular evening.

Jasi Flynn had a monster night at the plate for Southwestern, going 2 for 5 in the first game with 7 RBI’s.

“Jasi just had a career night tonight,” noted Harris. “Our coaches have really challenged the girls this week in practice, and I think our girls came out with a lot of fire tonight.”

Chasidy Zimmerman also had a good night at the plate, as she went 2 for 3 in game one, driving in 2 runs.

Ashley Fowler, Jessica Girdler, Shelby Kosmecki, and Megan Phelps all had basehits in that first game, as Southwestern outhit the Lady Rebels in game one, 9-0.

“(Chasidy) Zimmerman did a nice job tonight in the two spot,” said Harris. “She set the table for Jasi on several occassions.”

In the second game of the doubleheader, Harris got another complete game; this time from freshman Shelby Kosmecki, who pitched 7 solid innings, striking out 14 batters and allowing Casey County only 4 hits, as the Warriors won game two for the sweep, by a final score of 10-3.

Woodall went 3 for 5 at the plate in the win, while Girdler, Flynn, Phelps, and Kosmecki all banged out two hits each, helping the Lady Warriors get out of the gate very quickly, with a 2-0 record.

“(Shelby) Kosmecki followed up Woodall in game one with another great effort,” said Harris. “She did an excellent job of getting ahead in the count, and forcing Casey’s hitters to play her game.”

The Lady Warriors will be in action today, once again on the road, as Southwestern will travel to Russell County to take on the Lady Lakers.

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