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Rick Capone, Sports Editory
May 26, 2016
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Lady Jackets defeat Frankfort in 41st District Tourney
The Woodford County High School softball team was all business in the first round of the 41st District Softball Tournament at home on Tuesday, May 24.
With two innings of solid pitching by junior Caitlin Karo and one inning by junior Kyla Simpson, strong defense and great hitting, a veteran Woodford team defeated a young, up-and-coming Frankfort team 17-0 in a three inning, mercy rule game.
“You know, it’s kind of hard to play these games, the first round of the district, because you’re amped up and ready to play, and then you come out and play a team that’s really struggling and young,” said Woodford head coach Sasha Turansky. “It’s kind of hard to keep your focus and handle business. So, I’m really proud that we were able to do that and get in and out.”
With the win, Woodford advanced to the 41 District championship game, as well as qualified for the 11th Region softball tournament, which will be held next Monday through Wednesday, May 30 to June 1, at Madison Central.
In the district championship game, Woodford faced Western Hills on Wednesday. Western Hills advanced to the title game with a 3-1 win over Franklin County on Tuesday. Results of the championship game were not available at press time and will appear in next week’s Woodford Sun.
In the first inning of Woodford’s game against Frankfort, Karo struck out the first three batters to get things started.
Then in the bottom of the first, Woodford’s batters scattered hits all over the field, and by the time Frankfort finally got the third out to end the inning, the Lady Jackets had sent 19 batters to the plate and scored 14 runs to take a 14-0 lead in the game.
“We were putting the ball in play, getting runners on, moving them around, able to take advantage of extra bases and stolen bases to get runs in,” said Turansky. “That’s what we want to be doing at this point in the season.”
In the top of the second, Karo got the first two batters out, but then allowed a walk to get Frankfort’s first runner on base. Then, with the third batter at the plate, the runner at first attempted to steal, but a strong throw by freshman catcher Paige Hampton got the runner out at second to end the inning.
In the bottom of the second, Woodford’s hitters once again did their job, sending eight batters to the plate and scoring three runs to take a 17-0 lead in the game.
In the top of the third, Turansky relieved Karo and sent Simpson to the circle, along with substitutes out into the field, to try and close out the game.
Simpson pitched well and struck out the first two batters to get things started.
Then the next Frankfort batter hit a hard line drive towards first base. At first it looked like it might be a single to right field, but then junior first baseman Ariel Dailey ran the ball down and made a great jumping catch high over her shoulder to get the third out and end the game with a 17-0 mercy rule win.
After the game, Turansky talked about her pitchers. “They did really well, throwing strikes and making them (Frankfort) swing at pitches,” she said. “Really well.”
With the win, Woodford improved its record to 24-2 and would now get to face Western Hills in the championship game to try and defend its district title.
With such an easy win in the first round though, would Woodford be ready to face a stronger team in Western Hills?
“I think we’ll be ready,” said Turansky, as she was getting ready to watch Western Hills and Franklin County play the second game in the first round of the district tournament. “We’ve got a lot of good athletes, and they look forward to playing a big-time game, and that’s what tomorrow(Wednesday) will be, a big-time game against one of these two good teams. So, we’re ready to go.”