The coaches all agree: Western Hills will build on this weekend.
Playing in its Western Hills Invitational, WHHS finished .500, falling in the championship game 10-0 in six innings to Conner Saturday night.
“We’ve struggled all season long, but we’ve played better here lately, we’ve won more games here lately,” said WHHS assistant coach Jerry Comley, filling in for head coach Jeff Pritchett, who had to leave early.
“We’re kind of at the point in our season where we can win a bunch of games right now.”
The Lady Wolverines (6-14) won a game each day, rallying to beat Owen County 8-3 Friday night and routing Bryan Station 14-2 in five innings Saturday afternoon. They also lost 7-6 to Henry County Friday night.
“I think we’re seeing positive things ... we had some good games in this tournament,” Comley said. “We played hard last night and fought.”
The Cougars (12-9) won all five of their games in the invitational and got a big performance from junior Elizabeth Sims in the finals.
Sims pitched six scoreless innings and allowed five hits with four strikeouts and one walk, retiring the last seven batters she faced. At the plate, Sims hit a three-run homer, a double and a single, finishing with four RBIs.
“She hit her spots and kept us off-stride with her off-speed pitches. We should’ve hit her, we just didn’t,” Comley said.
“(Sims) hit that (homer)off of Taylor. Taylor just missed her spot.”
CHS batted through the order in the bottom of the second, putting up six runs — all coming with two outs — on five hits to build a 7-0 lead. Sophomore lead-off hitter Jenna Hicks started things off with a two-run double and senior Brooke Maines followed with an RBI single. Sims hit a towering three-run homer to center field to cap the inning.
The Cougars had 13 hits with six players recording two or more.
Sophomore Taylor Slade started in the circle for WHHS and gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. She allowed six hits and struck out two.
“When Taylor is on she’s as good as anybody,” Comley said, “but tonight just wasn’t her night.”
Junior lead-off hitter Destiny Hyatt and sophomore LaKenzie Ritchie each had two hits for the Lady Wolverines.
In the first game Saturday, WHHS routed BSHS 14-2 in five innings.
Behind 14 hits, the Lady Wolverines put together three innings with at least three runs, including six in the top of the fifth.
“I was excited to see them put some pressure on Bryan Station,” Pritchett said. “We stayed a threat almost every inning and got some runs across.”
Junior Meghan Yount had three singles and an RBI, while Hyatt, junior Darby Taylor and freshman Abbey Sheets all had two hits. Taylor hit a two-run single, Hyatt had an RBI double and Sheets drove in one with a groundout.
Junior Torey Hawkins went all four innings for WHHS and allowed both runs in the second with seven hits and two strikeouts.
On Friday night, WHHS split its two games, beating OCHS 8-3 in six innings before falling to HCHS 7-6 in walk-off fashion in four innings.
The Lady Wolverines rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first game, scoring all eight of their runs over the final three innings.
Hyatt had three hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs. Slade hit a solo homer, Taylor singled twice and Ritchie added a two-run double.
Hawkins got the win in the circle for WHHS.
In the second game, the Lady Wolverines came back from 6-0 down, tying it with five runs in the fourth.
Hawkins doubled and singled and drove in two runs, Slade hit a two-run double and Ritchie tripled.
Slade pitched and took the loss for WHHS.