By Don Brown
Then Cougar softball team picked up a pair of wins and had another game wiped out by stormy conditions in last weekend’s Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament, held at Collins High School, in Shelbyville.
On Friday night, the Cougars were all in pink as they won easily, 10-1 over South Warren. Then on Saturday, they defeated Bell County 7-0 in five innings in a game called by the time limit.
In their final game, against Clay City, of Indiana, the Cougars trailed 3-0 when storms forced the game to be concluded before five innings had been put in the book. With the two wins, the Cougars are now 22-3-1 on the season.
Victoria Decker was on top of her game as she held the Bell County Bobcats (17-6) to no runs on just two hits. She walked no one and struck out eight on the day to pick up the shut-out win.
The Bobcats had runners at first and second with just one out in the second inning, but Decker struck out Kendra Taylor, then got Lauren Spurlock on a liner to Claire Crawford at second to end the inning.
In the fourth, the Bobcats had runners at the corners with two outs before Decker got Taylor on a ground out to Kaylan Shull at third.
The Bobcats had a runner at first with two outs in the fifth inning before Decker retired Alex Gambrel on a come-backer to end the game.
The Cougars got all the runs they would need in the third inning. With one out, Cathy Langley and Alanna Mudd both walked bringing up lead0ff batter, Kaylan Shull. The Cougar third-baseman smashed the first pitch she saw from starter and loser Rachel Yeary over the fence in left to bang off the scoreboard for a three-run home run, the first of her career.
Grayson County added two more runs in the fourth inning. Megan England reached on an infield single. With one out, Jordan Decker ripped a ball into the right-field corner that went for an RBI triple to make it 4-0. Right-fielder Amber Dotson followed with a single to left that plated Decker and made it 5-0.
The Cougars added two more runs in their final at bat. Mudd walked leading off the inning before Shull singled to left. When the ball was bobbled by the left-fielder, Mudd scored all the way from first and Shull advanced to second.
Shull advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a ground out by Jessika Young to make the final score 7-0.
CLAY CITY, INDIANA
Clay City has undoubtedly one of the strangest nicknames of any school in the country, the Eels. They had been beaten in both their previous games, but they were playing like world beaters against the Cougars before the storms put an end to things.
Eel pitcher Whitney Jeffers had held the Cougars scoreless for five innings, allowing just three hits while striking out three. Grayson County had just three base runners against Jeffers, with only one of them advancing as far as second base.
Meanwhile, the Eels scored a run in the first inning on a one-out single up the middle by catcher Madison Bove.
They added two more runs in the fourth inning against Victoria Decker. Bove singled leading off and moved to third on a single by Maria Walton. Shortstop Abby Reed followed by grounding out, but Bove came in to score to make it 2-0.
Designated hitter Sam Dyer roped a liner up the middle that Crawford got a glove on. But when the ball ticked out of her glove and went into center field for an error, Walton scored.
After the Cougars were retired in the top of the fifth, before the game was official, lightning struck in the area, bringing the game to a halt. Storms later forced the game to be cancelled and the Cougars avoided a potential loss.