The Woodford County High School softball team took to the road for spring break and went to Huntsville, Ala., for the Bob Jones Invitational, which was held Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8. In the two-day tournament, Woodford played five games and finished with a 5-2 record. “We competed at a high level in every game except the Lawrence County game,” said Woodford head coach Les Anderson. “We underestimated our opponent and were not ready to play. We had several errors and simply were a bit unfocused and it cost us a game. However, the girls rallied to beat a good Hueytown team.” One of the reasons Anderson chose to play in the tournament was the level of competition, as the No. 1 (Sparkman HS), No. 2 (Spain Park) and No. 5 (Baker HS) teams in 7A softball in Alabama were in the tournament. In addition, Hueytown is in the Top 10 in 6A, Alexandria and Lawrence County are in the top 10 in 5A ball. (For reference, Woodford is 5A in Kentucky. Here are Woodford’s results in the tournament. Friday, April 7 WCHS 5 Hueytown, Ala. 1 In their first game of the tournament against Hueytown, Ala., Woodford took an early lead and then behind the pitching of senior Bethany Todd and some strong defense, went on to win the game 5-1 in five innings. Woodford got on the board first in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead, then added four more runs in the third to make it 5-0. Hueytown tried to come back, scoring one run in the fourth inning, but that was all they could get and Woodford got the win. Todd got the start in the circle, pitched a complete game and had 15 strikeouts, while only allowing one run on three hits and a walk. Saturday, April 8 WCHS 10 Huntsville, Ala. 1 Following a 5-4 loss to Lawrence County (Moulton), Ala., in its second game on Friday, Woodford bounced back strong and scored a 10-1 win over Huntsville, Ala., in five innings. The Lady Jackets stormed to an early lead, scoring seven runs in the first inning, then added three more in the second inning to take a 10-0 lead. Huntsville scored one run in the fourth inning, but Woodford went on to get the win, 10-1. Getting the start for Woodford was senior Caitlin Karo, who pitched four innings and had two strikeouts, while giving up one run on three hits. Freshman Kelsey Coleman pitched one inning to close out the game. Saturday, April 8 WCHS, 3 Spain Park (Hoover), Ala. 0 Woodford took an early lead against Spain Park (Hoover), Ala., and then their pitching and defense kept Spain Park off the board to score a 3-0 win. The Lady Jackets got on the scoreboard in the second inning on a solo home run by freshman Abby Moffett to take a 1-0 lead. Coleman added another run in the third inning when she hit a home run to give Woodford a 2-0 lead. Woodford scored its final run in the fifth inning and closed out the game in the sixth inning with a 3-0 win. Todd got the start and pitched all six innings and had nine strikeouts, while only giving up one hit. Saturday, April 8 WCHS 2 Alexandria, Ala. 1 In a close game, Woodford broke a 1-1 tie in the second and went on to a 2-1 win. In the game, both teams scored in the first inning to knot the game, 1-1. Woodford got on the board in the first inning when, with one out, senior Ariel Dailey on second base, and Karo at the plate, an error by Alexandria’s catcher allowed Dailey to score for the Lady Jackets’ first run of the game. Then in the second inning, with two outs and freshman Kasey Abel on second base, Dailey hit a hard ball to the shortstop, who misplayed it, which allowed Abel to score for the 2-1 lead. Then Woodford’s pitching and defense stepped up and held Alexandria scoreless the rest of the way to get the win. Both Todd and Karo pitched in the game. Todd went three innings with six strikeouts while giving up one hit and one walk, while Karo pitched two innings and gave up one run on six hits. Saturday, April 8 WCHS 11 Baker HS, Alabama 2 Woodford came out on fire in the game and scored eight runs in the first inning, one in the second and two in the fourth to defeat Baker HS, Ala., 11-2, in five innings. One of the highlights in the game was made by Dailey, who hit a two-run home run in the first inning, in her second at-bat of the inning. The combo of Todd and Karo had the pitching responsibilities in the game. Karo pitched three innings and had two strikeouts while giving up two runs on four hits. Todd gave up two hits. Saturday, April 8 WCHS 0 Sparkman, Ala. 2 In the championship game, Woodford lost a close one, 2-0 to Sparkman, Ala., which is ranked No. 1 in 7A softball in Alabama. “Saturday, we went on an epic run to the championship game,” said Anderson. “We played the toughest run of anyone in the tournament. We lost to Sparkman HS from Huntsville, Ala. They were ranked No. 1 in Alabama in 7A and are highly ranked nationally. “We competed well, but just didn’t quite have enough juice left in the tank,” he continued. “We had runners in scoring position every inning, but the last and we simply didn’t get the timely hit needed to push runs across. Bethany Todd threw well. Sparkman had three hits back-to-back-to-back to get their two runs. Well-played game. Just came up a little short.” Next up, Woodford opens district play on Thursday, April 13, at home against Franklin County. Other upcoming district games are Tuesday, April 18, at Frankfort and Thursday, April 20, at Western Hills. All games start at 5:30 p.m.
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