It only takes one to win

By Linda Younkin Published:

One hit, two errors, one run.

That’s what decided the championship game of the 41st District softball tournament Wednesday as Woodford County took a 1-0 victory over Franklin County at Sally Gaines Field.

Both teams advance to the 11th Region tournament, which starts Monday at the University of Kentucky. The tournament draw will be Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Lady Yellowjackets (19-6) scored the only run of the game in the first inning. L.J. Adkins led off with a single, and an error on the hit allowed her to advance to third.

Franklin County pitcher Emily Hampton retired the next two batters, but Darrian Jamison hit a ball that FCHS’ defense let drop, sending Adkins home with the game’s only run.

“Part of who was going to win this game was mistakes and who took advantage of them,” Woodford County coach Stephon Brown said. “They would have done the same thing.

“I knew what we had on the basepaths, and we had to take advantage of that.”

Woodford, ranked 19th in the state, had only two more hits the rest of the game, and they both came in the third.

Shannon McClintock and Adkins hit back-to-back singles to open their half of the inning, but Bekah Davis hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing McClintock at third, and Catie Fletcher hit a grounder to second where FCHS second baseman Mollie Stephens tagged Davis out for one out and then threw to first to get Fletcher for the third out.

The Lady Flyers’ biggest scoring threat came in the first inning when they loaded the bases. Abby Davis drew a one-out walk, and after a strikeout for the second out, Ashli Mayes was hit by a pitch and Hampton walked. A strikeout ended the threat.

“If we could have gotten at least one run or maybe two runs across when we had the bases loaded we could have put them back on their heels,” Spickard said.

FCHS (19-13) also threatened in the seventh when Hampton drew a walk and Chelsea Brown reached on an error, putting two runners on with no outs, but a fielder’s choice and two strikeouts ended the game.

“We knew what we had to do to win this game,” FCHS coach Tracy Spickard said. “We had to execute the little things, be smart, disciplined hitters, execute the bunt, and we didn’t execute the bunt until the seventh inning.

“We took strikes and got in a hole,” she added, “and then we swung at bad pitches. We gave up an unearned run, and in a big game played at this level you have to have better communication, execute fundamental defense, execute the offensive facets of the game, and we didn’t do that tonight.”

Woodford pitcher Kristin Perry, named the tournament’s most valuable player, held the Lady Flyers hitless. She gave up five walks and struck out nine batters.

“That one run gave her a little cushion,” Brown said about his pitcher, “and that’s all she needed to take it from there.”

Hampton gave up three hits and no walks and finished with four strikeouts.

>Named to the all-tournament team were Davis, Chelsea Brown and Heather Redmon for FCHS, Miranda Buchanan and Tessa Barnes for Western Hills, Kara Howard and Shelby Aldridge for Frankfort High, and Fletcher, Adkins, Jamison and Perry for Woodford.

>An all-district team for the regular season was announced following Wednesday’s championship game.

Named to that team were Mattie Hutcherson, Jessica Sutton and Aubrey Penn of FHS, Ashli Mayes, Dana Jarboe and Madelyn Brown of FCHS, Buchanan, Barnes and Alyssa Barker of WHHS, and Adkins, Perry and Britni Braswell of Woodford.

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