• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets celebrate Senior Night

On Tuesday, May 2, on its home field, the Woodford County High School softball team celebrated Senior night. In front of family, friends, teammates and coaches, the Lady Jackets honored their five seniors – Ariel Dailey, Caitlin Karo, Marly Maristany, Kyla Simpson and Bethany Todd – for all of their great plays, friendship and leadership throughout their years on the team. The fact that Frankfort, the team they were supposed to play on Senior night did not show up (they cancelled earlier in the day), did not dampen the enjoyment everyone had on the field during the ceremony. So, instead of wearing their uniforms, the players dressed up for the occasion in dresses, and when the PA system wouldn’t work, one of their own – sophomore Delaney Enlow – came to the rescue and got the system going. So, it wasn’t a perfect night. But, it was a fun night and a memorable night. It was a night that belonged to the seniors, and that was all that mattered to everyone in attendance. “These seniors certainly have been a huge part of Woodford County softball and a huge part of my life,” said Woodford head coach Les Anderson. “I’ve been around most of them since they were six. (I’ve) coached most of them a lot of the summer, fall and winter, from the time they could pick up a ball. … They mean a lot personally. (I’ve) built very deep relationships with most of those girls. “But, also, they’re the winningest class in Woodford County history. If you go back four years, counting this year, they’ve won 81 percent of their games. They have scored three-and-a-half times more runs than they’ve allowed. “Bethany Todd will go down as one of the most effective, best pitchers in the state of Kentucky; Ariel Dailey will go down as one of the best hitters in the state of Kentucky in the history of softball. CK, Marly and Kyla have all been just fantastic leaders, incredibly productive players, and just, bluntly, everything a coach would want in a senor class.” In last week’s action, Woodford lost 5-3 on the road to Scott County. In the game, Scott County scored first in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. But, Woodford responded in the top of the second with two runs to tie the game, 2-2. Then in the top of the fifth inning, Woodford scored a run to take a 3-2 lead. But, mistakes were made and Scott County scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead, 5-3, which they held till the end to get the win. “We, obviously, had a great game with Scott County,” said Anderson. “ … The difference in the game was Scott County didn’t make mistakes, and we made two, and those two mistakes were fairly costly. We had more runners, we had more hits, and we played well enough to win. We just didn’t get the job done. “Scott County is an exceptionally talented team, with a lot of exceptionally talented, experienced players. They are very well coached and it’s going to take a really good game, a near perfect game, to beat them. Do I think we can? Yes. I think we can beat them. But, we have to play well. We have to make them earn everything. “We had a shot. We had a really good shot of winning the game, and just fell a little bit short.” Todd pitched all seven innings for Woodford and had 10 strikeouts, while giving up five runs on seven hits, one home run and two walks.

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