• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS softball falls to Scott Co. in 11th Region final

The Woodford County High School softball season came to an abrupt end on Wednesday, June 1, at Madison Central High School in Richmond, as Scott County jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning of the 11th Region championship game, and went on to a 4-0 win to claim the region title for the fifth consecutive season. With the win, the Lady Cardinals advance to the KHSAA Softball Championship series, which will be played Thursday through Saturday, June 9 to 11, in Owensboro. It was a tough ending to a very promising season for the Lady Jackets and Woodford head coach Sasha Turansky. “This is the toughest team we’ve had in four years,” said Turansky. “The nit and the grit and the hard work they put in every day all year. … This is a special group. These seniors have been around for four years. Done a lot of really good things in four years, and that’s the big take-away from this. We’ve won over a hundred and something games (109) in four years and lost (30), and that’s huge for a high school team in this area when you’re playing the competition that we had to play. “I mean, that’s a really good team (Scott County). … We knew it was going to be a good game. They were just able to jump out on us and we weren’t able to make the adjustments we needed to overcome. ... We just ran out of time. There’s only seven innings in a game, unfortunately. If there’s 10, maybe we have a better shot.” Woodford’s ace, junior Bethany Todd, got the start for the Lady Jackets, but Scott County was ready for her and went out to a 2-0 lead by the end of the first inning. After neither team scored in the second, Scott County added two more runs in the top of the third inning. Once again, Woodford could not answer and the Lady Cardinals led 4-0. Junior Caitlin Karo relieved Todd in the top of the fourth inning and put Scott County out in order. Then, the Lady Cardinals, while giving up a single to center field by junior Ariel Dailey, got out of the inning before the Lady Jackets could score. In the top of the fifth, Karo and the Woodford defense got Scott County out of the inning easily. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, Karo aided her own cause as she blasted a solo home run over the center field fence to make it a 4-1 ball game. However, that would be the last score of the game for both teams, and while Woodford did get two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, Scott County was able to close it out and get the win, 4-1. “I think we were pretty loose starting the game,” said Turansky about her team’s mindset before the game. “We had all the confidence in the world, and then they come up and put a couple balls in play. Hit a couple balls kind of hard, and that gets in your head a little bit. And she (Scott County’s pitcher – Kennedy Sullivan) threw lights out. I don’t know how many strikeouts we had. I mean, that’s the most strikeouts we’ve had in three or four games total. Kudos to her (Kennedy). She was really mixing (it) up and moving it and making us swing at pitches we don’t normally swing at.” With the loss, Woodford finishes the season with a 28-3 overall record, a 14-3 region record and a perfect 8-0 district record. It was the second year in a row Woodford finished undefeated in district play. The Lady Jackets also won two consecutive district titles. After the game, Turansky made note of her four seniors – Lindsey Anderson, Kristen Eads, Caitlin Ferguson and Morgan Grose. “This group is so special,” said Turansky. “They’ve been here since I was here. We were freshmen together. They work hard on and off the field. They’re all really smart kids; got bright futures. I hate that it ended this way for them because they deserve a better ending. We just couldn’t pull it off.”

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