• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets sweep Bratcher Memorial Quad

The Woodford County High School softball team kept up their winning ways on Saturday, April 23, as they swept all three games at the Bratcher Memorial Quad softball tournament at Daviess County. The team opened the tournament with a five-inning, mercy-rule 11-1 win over Daviess County, then followed that with a 1-0 win over Eastern. The Lady Jackets closed out their day with a 3-0 win over Boonville, Ind. Then on Tuesday, April 26, Woodford hosted Franklin County in a district contest. In their first meeting, the Lady Jackets had won in a five-inning, mercy-rule contest, 11-1. With junior Caitlin Karo in the circle, the game started with both teams playing well and it looked like it would be a much closer game this time around. However, with the score tied 1-1, the game had to be called in the top of the third inning due to lightning and rain. The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 10. Woodford’s lone score in the game came when senior Caitlin Ferguson hit a two-out home run in the first inning to give the Lady Jackets a 1-0 lead. Franklin County countered with a run in the top of the second inning to tie the game, which is how it ended in the third inning. Currently, the Lady Jackets, who are ranked No. 7 in the state, are now 12-2 overall, 4-2 in the region and 2-0 in the district. At the Bratcher Memorial Quad, Woodford played well throughout the tournament. In their five inning, mercy rule 11-1 win over Daviess County, junior Bethany Todd got the start and pitched four solid innings, before being relieved by Karo in the fifth. “We got up 4-0 in the first inning,” said Woodford head coach Sasha Turansky. “Back-to-back doubles by Ferguson and (Ariel) Dailey, then a three-run home run by CK. (She) just made really good contact on the ball and we were able to really score on them quick. Defense was good; pitching was good.” Against Eastern, Karo got the start and held them scoreless throughout the game, which Woodford won 1-0. “CK threw really well this game,” said Turansky. “She hit her spots and really let the defense work. She’s not a huge strikeout pitcher; she’s more of a location and spins pitcher to get ground balls and fly balls and that’s exactly what she did.” Todd got the start in Woodford’s final game in the tournament against Boonville, Ind., with junior Kyla Simpson coming in to close out the game for a 3-0 win. “Bethany and Kyla threw in this game,” said Turansky. “They are a great counter balance because Bethany throws really hard and Kyla was able to work her off speed pitches to really keep their hitters frustrated. Their pitcher did a really good job of keeping us off the bases at first, but we were able to make adjustments in-game to help us have more success.” Next up, Woodford plays a double header at home against Frankfort tonight, Thursday, April 28. Game times are 5:30 anf 7. Woodford then hosts the Beasts of the East tournament on Friday, April 29. The Lady Jackets’ first game is against Lafayette at 5:30 p.m. Other games in the tournament are to be determined.

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