Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local Sports

March 21, 2012

West softball wins in nail biter

March 21, 2012 —     The defending 62nd District champion Lady Comets softball team got things off to an exciting start Monday night, as it defeated Raceland at home with a game-winning RBI, 5-4.

    West Carter came out with flying colors in its home opener when senior outfielder Bella Gearhart knocked one into deep center field to bring in lead off hitter Amber Thornberry.

     Senior third baseman Paige Tackett was the next to hop in on the action, as she connected on a pitch thrown down the middle for a trip to second base, bringing in Gearhart for the RBI.

    Leftfielder Ashley Owens then brought Tackett home with an RBI of her own, as she hit a chopper toward first base, getting the RBI off a ground out, giving the Lady Comets a 3-0 lead.

    This score would remain until the top of the fourth inning when the Lady Rams struck back on a double from Chloe Adkins, which brought in two Raceland runners, cutting West’s lead to 3-2.

    West’s batting would continue to stagnate, as Raceland drove in two more runs in the sixth to take the lead from the Lady Comets at 4-3.

    West Carter Coach Greg Reynolds said he was pretty pleased with the team’s performance, despite the fact it gave up the lead late in the game.

    “As a coach you sure don't want to give up a lead in the 6th inning of a game,” Reynolds said. “But I love the way our girls kept playing. They didn’t quit when we lost the lead down the stretch. That’s what we can take from this and this experience is going to makes us better for the rest of the season.”

    After two strike outs, things looked bleak for West Carter’s hopes of an opening win at home.

     Calm and collected is how the Lady Comets finished the game, as Amber Thornsberry ripped a grounder past second base for a single, giving her teammates a glimmer of hope.

    Starting pitcher Leatha Reynolds then alleviated some of the pressure after she hit a line drive down the left field line sending the Lady Rams on a chase to the fences.

    This brought in Thornsberry for the tying run, setting the Lady Comets up for a memorable opening to the 2012 season.

    Gearhart stepped up to the plate, took a couple of strikes, then sent one sailing into centerfield which brought Reynolds home from second for an emphatic finish at home plate, as Raceland could not surmount the tag, giving West the victory.

    “Our girls played fairly well,” Reynolds said. “We made a couple of key errors in the game that as a coach, disappoints me, but that’s going happen early in the season. I was proud of the way we battled back and didn't quit. To be down by a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and come up with three straight hits is a huge momentum builder for the rest of the season.

    Leatha Reynolds finished the night with the win for the Lady Comets, as she put on a show for the home crowd with 13 strikeouts, giving up just five hits. Gearhart led her team in the batters box with two doubles, while Tackett and Reynolds each added doubles of their own.

    West Carter’s girls had little time to celebrate the win as they traveled to Elliott County last night after press time for a district matchup against the Lady Lions.

    We will have more on the Lady Comets softball squad in next Wednesday’s edition of the Journal-Times.

    Grant Stevens can be reached at gstevens@journal-times.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • F-1 Ben Jordan.JPG West Carter’s Ben Jordan

    West Carter sophomore Ben Jordan likes the spotlight on his team more than just himself. However, the two-sport athlete in Olive Hill turned heads throughout the 16th Region whether it is on the hardwood or on the diamond.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Cole Boggs.JPG Carter County Wildcats shutout by Cincinnati

    With the start of high school football preseason practices, college and professional just right around the corner, one team in Carter County has been throwing the pigskin around for almost two months.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • F-3 Jalen Simmons.JPG KCU football releases 2014 schedule

    Kentucky Christian University will play in four different states during the 2014 football season. The KCU Knights will kick off the 2014 season with an out-of-state trip to Cookeville to face Tennessee Tech on Aug. 28 in a Thursday night clash.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • F-1 Taylor Hickle.JPG Area teams compete in 7-on-7 passing camp

    Several area football teams are not wasting any time after the dead period to see how some kids compete.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Kristen Mayo.JPG Pass the ‘Mayo’

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-3 Conner Robinson.jpg Former Raider Robinson to play baseball at Northern Kentucky

    After sitting out just two games over the past two seasons, Connor Robinson is perfectly fine with having to prove himself yet again to earn playing time.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Running the Point: The countdown is on

    The dead period is over. For anyone who might not know what that means, it’s the mandated two-week layoff for any high school function.

    July 16, 2014

  • F-1 Trace Tackett.JPG 11-12 Morehead All-Stars claim area championship

    The 11-12-year-old Morehead All-Stars were not used to playing from behind. Down two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, they hit four straight singles to pull ahead for good as they defeated the Olive Hill All-Stars 9-7 to claim the Area 1 District 6 Championship.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Ben Wilburn.JPG Olive Hill forces rematch in Area 1

    The 11-12-year-old Olive Hill All-Stars already had one loss to Morehead heading into Wednesday’s elimination game.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Three KCU programs earn NAIA Scholar status

    Three programs at Kentucky Christian University were named NAIA Scholar Teams for the 2013-14 academic year, the school’s athletic program announced.

    July 9, 2014

Poll