PREP SOFTBALL: Girl Panthers drop two at 2A Championships | Excessive Faculty Sports activities
The Kentucky 2-A State Championships didn’t start the way Elizabethtown Softball had hoped it would on Friday at Owensboro’s Jack C. Fisher Park. The Lady Panthers opened the competition with pool matchups against Calloway County and Boyle County and fell 4-1 to the Lady Lakers. Then they lost 15-1 and six innings against the Lady Rebels.
These results contrasted with what Elizabethtown did in the Section Round 2-A Championships, in which the Lady Panthers beat LaRue County 12-2 and Taylor County 7-1 to make it to Owensboro.
In the 2pm game, two runs up in the first inning quickly put Calloway County on the board. After the Lady Lakers added two more runs up in the fourth, the Lady Panthers reacted down in the inning. With two outs and loaded bases, Emil Schmidt hit a ground ball and reached first base due to a mistake. He sent Kayla Braden home from third base.
Braden’s run would be for Elizabethtown as the inning ended with a fly ball on the next stroke.
Neither team scored again for the rest of the game.
“It’s just a cool opportunity to be here and give our kids the opportunity to play in these surroundings,” said Elizabethtown coach Jimmy Schmidt after the game in Calloway County. “We didn’t score in time, we had our chances. You have to credit it (Calloway County pitcher Izzy Housden), she spotted it well and we just couldn’t find that timely hit. “
Housden held the Lady Panthers to five hits and knocked out nine batters.
Natalie Shaw, Alyssa Philpot, Heidi Tipton, Avery Simpson and Avery Powers each had a hit.
Kylie McKinney knocked out five batters in Calloway County, giving up six hits, three runs and a walk. Taytum Spiers came in at the end of fourth place, giving up three hits and a walk.
“It’s just another environment that comes down here. It’s not an excuse, it’s just the reality, ”said Schmidt. “Our children participated there until the end, we just couldn’t find the right match today.”
In the 4pm game against Boyle County, the Lady Panthers gave up two runs in the first inning and fell back early. The Lady Rebels profited as the game progressed, adding six more runs before a solo home run by Spiers at the end of run five helped Elizabethtown avoid the shutout.
Spiers had the team’s only goal in the game.
Tipton threw three and two-thirds innings, finishing with five strikeouts, six hits, eight runs and four walks. Through one and two-thirds innings for relief, Spiers hit four, allowing three hits, seven runs and six walks. Alexys Waisbrot and Alyssa Herringshaw both saw time in the circle at the top of the seventh inning. Waisbrot went to three Boyle County batters and Herringshaw knocked one out.
The losses brought Elizabethtown to 6-6 that season.