• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets back in action, defeat Garrard County

In only its second game of the season due to recent bad weather, the Woodford County High School softball team went on the road and defeated Garrard County 3-1 on Friday, April 8. The game was part of the Vernon Bibb Memorial Classic softball tournament at Harrison County. With the win, a very well-rested Lady Jackets’ team is now 1-1 on the season. “After a long break, everybody (was) ready to play,” said Woodford head coach Sasha Turansky. “They’re so sick of practice and hearing the same things over and over. We played Friday in 30 degree temps and sleet and we hardly heard a complaint from anyone – that’s how excited they were to be playing a game. I think we have a team full of competitive kids who are ready to play games against tough teams and get ourselves ready for post-season.” In the game, “We played really well on defense, hit the ball hard – (Garrard County) made 4-5 plays in the outfield that prevented us from scoring,” Turansky continued. “We’ve got to get better on the bases, but that will come with more game speed experience.” Junior Bethany Todd got the start against Garrard County and pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts to help her team get the win. “Bethany threw exceptionally well, especially considering the weather,” said Turansky. The temperature was in the 30s, with 20 mile per hour winds, rain and sleet. On offense, Woodford had 13 hits as a team, with senior Caitlin Ferguson getting two hits in four at-bats, while sophomore Paige Hampton had three hits in three at-bats. Having such a long break between games could be a double edged sword for Woodford. On one hand, the team is rested and has “less miles” on their legs, while on the other hand, other teams have become game-tested with more competition under their belts. “Only time will tell whether (the break) hurts or helps us,” said Turansky. “We were dealt a tough hand weather-wise at the beginning of our season, but we’re hoping to turn a corner in April and get our season going. “My thinking about teams who have already played 13 games or so is that their season is almost at its halfway point and its only early April. I like that we will hit the post-season in stride and game ready. We have something like 35 games in 45 days the rest of this season, so it’ll be important for us to take advantage of a few days off to rest our arms, legs and minds. “We’re fortunate in the fact that we are relatively deep as far as our bench goes, which should help us at times rest girls as they need it.” Coming up, Woodford will participate in the Kentucky Prep 5 Star Classic at North Laurel on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. On Friday they play South Laurel at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the games and times are yet to be determined. Then on Monday, April 18, the Lady Jackets are on the road to face East Jessamine, followed by a home game on Tuesday, April 19, against Madison Central. Start times for both games is 6 p.m.

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