Western Hills still waiting

Lady Wolverines are close, but remain winless this season

By Nate Parsons Published:

Western Hills is close to getting that first win.

Coach Jeff Pritchett feels it.

“We can taste it. We just have to get over the hump,” Pritchett said. “If we can get over that hump ... I really think this is a team that can really get on a roll.

“Right now they’re still hungry and focused.”

WHHS remained winless Thursday night, coming up short in a 9-7 loss to Woodford County in 41st district play at WHHS.

“We’ve had a very rough start to the season,” Pritchett said.

The Lady Wolverines (0-7, 0-1), who were outscored 32-5 in three games over the weekend in the Big M Chevrolet Tournament, trailed 8-1 to the Lady Yellow Jackets (3-5, 1-0) before scoring four runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to get within 9-7.

“We had an opportunity here; unfortunately we put ourselves into a little too big of a hole,” Pritchett said. “But for this team to have the fight that it did down 8-1 and to come back and make it an absolute game shows me that we’ve got to continue improving.”

After trailing 8-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Wolverines finally started to get the bats going. Junior Darby Taylor and sophomores Sierrah Miley and Taylor Slade all had two singles and two RBIs during that time.

But down 9-7 entering the final inning, WHHS couldn’t muster anything else. Eighth-grader Claire Bradenburg pitched a 1-2-3 inning to close it out, striking out all three batters she faced.

“Offensively we waited until the fifth inning and unfortunately that was a little too late today,” Pritchett said.

Freshman Bethany Todd started in the circle for WCHS and allowed three runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. She struck out six of the first seven batters she faced.

At the plate, sophomore lead-off hitter Caitlin Ferguson and senior Leah Shelton each had three hits to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets, who totaled 16 hits. Ferguson hit two two-run doubles and Shelton tripled.

“They’re a very good hitting team. We knew that coming into today,” Pritchett said.

Slade didn’t last long in her start in the circle for WHHS, as she gave up three runs without recording an out. Junior Torey Hawkins pitched the rest of the way, striking out seven.

WHHS is at Owensboro April 2 at 5:30 p.m.

To see more photos from this game, click here.

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  • Great players are going to leave because of the coach. I hear the coach is cutting some of the best up and coming talent on west side of Frankfort. It has been said that before the coach was hired for the job that he never coached or played the game but did play Soccer in High School!

  • Pritchett, "We can taste it." taste DEFEAT? Pritchett,"I feel it." Feel what, a firing coming maybe!!! lol
     

  • Good team but need new Coaches.

  • An 8th grader pitcher beat them???

  • From my understanding they have a coach that never played baseball or softball in his life. Was told only sport he ever played was Soccer in High School. lol

  • From what I understand they have a coach that never played the game before and only played Soccer in High School.

  • "they're a very good hitting team"?  ok, and they got beat with an 8th grade pitcher?  REally?

  • Rita Rector needs to consider changing the coaching staff.  it hasn't worked in the last 7 years. WHHS is the laughing stock for softball in this and surrounding counties.  such a shame.

  • Unfortunatley for the West side of Frankfort, baseball and softball have not seen the success that they had grown accustomed to back in 2009 when both teams were top 10 in state rankings for the majority of the year. Although there have been glimpses, the last couple of seasons havent come close to reaching expectations.