The Christian County Lady Colonels ran past the Hopkinsville Lady Tigers Monday night 16-4 in six innings.
Avery Adcock led the Lady Colonels with four runs scored, two hits and three RBIs including a home run. Adcock also reached base twice on walk and stole four bases Kimberlyn-Gracie Harned scored one run, had two hits and two RBIs including two doubles while Jada Miller had three runs scored and two hits with one stolen base and Karlee Crick had one run scored, two hits and one RBI.
Kaleigh Shaw had one hit, one RBI and reached base twice on walks. Brittan Joiner both had one run scored, one hit and one RBI. Saniya Shields also had one run scored, one hit and one RBI, but also stole one base. Allison-Allie Houchens had one run scored, one hit and two RBIs. Haley Petterson had one run scored and one RBI while Jada Turner had one run scored.
Kimberly Gracie-Harned was the Lady Colonels’ starting pitcher Monday night and went four innings only allowing the four runs, five walks and two hits while striking out 10 batters.
Jordan Turner made her first varsity start against the Lady Tigers coming in to pitch the last two innings. She only allowed one walk over the last two innings.
“I thought she looked really good,” Lady Colonels head coach Sheri Hancock said of Turner’s pitching.
Hancock was also pleased with Jada Miller’s performance, their starting left fielder.
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“I thought a couple of kids hit the ball really well,” Hancock said.
But Hancock noted that you may not be able to win a ballgame in the first inning, but you can lose one in the first inning and that they weren’t ready to start the game as they fell behind by a run early on. She said it took them four times through the batting order before they were able to adjust to the speed of the pitching and that it can’t take them that long. Hancock said they should adjust by the time they go through the batting order once or twice.
“It took us forever to adjust, we just have to be ready to play from the moment we walk out onto the field until the game is over with,” Hancock said.
She said they were just out in front of everything, and she kept telling them that they were going to have to wait on the ball. Hancock said they have to adjust quicker and that they have to throw strikes. In six innings they allowed six walks and Hancock they just can’t do that.
“We needed to just pound the strike zone,” Hancock said.
She said it may have been first game jitters and that sometimes they may put more pressure on themselves because of it being a district game. But the team also lost four starters from last year, so they’re still trying to get things figured out going into the rest of the season. One of the keys to getting things going this year will be their pitching she said and getting their top five hitters on track.
“I need my top five hitters to hit like they’re top five hitters,” Hancock said. “I need them to be leaders and I need them to adjust quicker.”
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