Western Hills will take any win it can get right now.
Sophomore Sierrah Miley and junior Torey Hawkins combined for seven RBIs, as WHHS scored 18 runs in the first inning of a 21-0 three-inning rout of Frankfort in 41st District play Thursday night at WHHS.
“At this point any win is a good win, so I’m excited,” WHHS coach Jeff Pritchett said. “It’s a district win; it’s good for our team. We can build off it because (the wins) have been few and far between up to this point, so we have to get something going.”
The Lady Wolverines (2-9, 1-1) hadn’t scored more than seven runs in any game this season until they nearly tripled that in the first inning Thursday night. Miley hit a three-run triple, junior Makayla Hawkins drove in two with a double and sophomore Olivia Smith followed with an RBI double. Torey Hawkins capped the big inning with a two-run triple.
“That was a good opportunity for us to put pressure on them,” said Pritchett, whose team sent 23 batters to the plate and had seven hits during the inning. “We hit the ball well and took advantage of some good baserunning.”
WHHS finished with 13 hits, with sophomore LaKenzie Ritchie and junior Meghan Yount each recording two singles and an RBI. Ritchie, junior Darby Taylor and senior Abbey Sheets all had RBI singles in the second.
“They got down when our pitcher went up and struggled in the beginning and the defense was on their heels ... and we just kind of fell apart,” FHS coach Angie Hutcherson said.
Sophomore Taylor Slade recorded the win for the Lady Wolverines after allowing no hits and striking out five.
“I thought Taylor pitched a pretty good game,” Pritchett said. “I thought she got a little out of whack there in the last inning, but in the first two innings she was on.”
Senior Rachel Palmgren took the loss for the Lady Panthers (1-5, 0-2), giving up eight runs and two hits with five walks in just a third of an inning.
“They weren’t intimidated coming out tonight. ... Their spirits were good coming into the game,” said Hutcherson, whose team lost to Franklin County 15-0 in its last game.
“We just have to go back to the drawing board and work on our defense more and work on our bats and come back with a fresh game plan.”
WHHS is at George Rogers Clark Saturday at 11 a.m., while FHS goes to Thomas Nelson Monday at 6 p.m.
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