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Christian County’s Riley Hancock pitches in the Lady Colonels’ season-opening win over Madisonville-North Hopkins.

Well over a year after being hired to take the helm of Christian County Lady Colonel softball, Sheri Hancock finally began her tenure running the program and got off on the right foot.

Sophomore catcher Karlee Crick had an offensive explosion, hitting a grand slam and batting in seven runners as County defeated Madisonville-North Hopkins 10-0 in five innings.

“I thought they played really well,” Hancock said. “I was pleased with our hitting. I think people are going to find that we’re going to hit up and down the lineup and that’s what we did. Our pitching and defense is going to be solid as well.”

The Lady Colonels had a great start to their 2021 campaign, as the top half of the batting order rolled out with eight hits in 16 trips to the plate, scoring eight of the Lady Colonels’ 10 runs with nine RBIs.

Hancock said the top half of the lineup will surprise some people this season and make for a dangerous team if the bottom half comes in and produces.

“If they continue to do it, I think we can be really dangerous,” she said. “Then if we can get the bottom of the order to produce any at all, it’s going to be a good lift. I think we’ll be very dangerous from one through five.”

Up 1-0 after Riley Hancock scored Pickle Winkler on an RBI groundout, Reni Shemwell doubled the Lady Colonels’ lead with a solo shot to make it 2-0 through one inning.

Crick’s first splash on the game came in the third when she hit a grand slam to left field putting County in the driver’s seat up 6-0 through three innings.

In the following inning, Crick made another impact with a two-RBI double, helping the Lady colonels score three runs on the fourth.

Up 9-0 with the bases loaded in the fifth and one run away from putting the game away, it was Crick again.

A single to left field scored Winkler for the third time of the game and put the Lady Maroons away.

Hancock said Crick will be a big part of the Lady Colonels’ attack and she’s excited about her team after game one.

“She is going to surprise a lot of people,” Hancock said of Crick. “I’m happy about that right now.”

Defensively, the Lady Colonels were spotless. County didn’t have a single error and it was more than just Riley Hancock in the circle.

The defense behind her kept Madisonville off the board.

Including a handful of groundouts and flyouts, Winkler threw out a Lady Maroon runner at the plate from center field in the first inning to keep the Lady Maroons off the board.

“We talk a lot about not giving extra outs and you especially can’t give extra outs to good teams,” Hancock said. “We spend a lot of time on that and a lot of time working on our cuts. Karlee did it perfectly. She let Riley let the ball go through. Pickle made a heck of a throw that she makes every time. I’m surprised they run on her. I think we looked really good.”

CHRISTIAN COUNTY 10, MADISONVILLE-NORTH HOPKINS 0

MNH 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 2

CC 2 0 4 3 1 — 10 12 0

WP: Riley Hancock — 5 IP, 3 H, 4 K

LP: Amber Osborne — 4 IP 11 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

CC: Pickle Winkler — 3-4, 3 R, 3B

Reni Shemwell — 1-4, 2 R, HR, RBI

Karlee Crick — 3-4, R, 7 RBI, HR, 2B

Gracie Harned — 2-3, RBI

MNH: Kennedy Justice — 1-2

Brenna Sherman — 1-2

Amber Osborne — 1-2

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