• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lady Jackets rally for win over Oldham County

The Woodford County High School softball team rallied back from a 4-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning to win on Monday, March 26. WCHS freshman Tatum Wimberly picked up the game winning hit after a series of walks and basehits.

WCHS freshman Claire Lehmkuhler got the start for the Lady Jackets. She gave up a lead off single in the first inning and the runner advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. She escaped the inning on a terrific off-speed pitch that caused the batter to take a wild swing.

The Lady Jackets had a pair of baserunners in the bottom of the first, but ran into an out on the base paths to end the inning.

WCHS senior Peyton Rose made a terrific diving catch in the top of the second inning and Lehmkuhler added a strikeout to shut down the Lady Colonels. Rose walked to lead off the bottom of the second and later scored on a fielder's choice by junior Leea Cole.

In the top of the third inning, the Lady Colonels scored three runs on a home run to left field and scored again in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice bunt. Lehmkuhler doubled in the bottom of the fifth but was thrown out at third base when she tried to leg out a triple.

Rose tripled in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Lady Jackets eventually loaded the bases on a pair of walks, but Wimberly struck out on a high fastball to end the inning.

After a quick top half of the seventh inning, the Lady Jackets started the bottom of the seventh inning at the plate with a strikeout. WCHS sophomore Kasey Abel walked, Lehmkuhler reached on an error and the Lady Jackets had runners at second and third. WCHS sophomore Abby Moffett hit an RBI single to make the score 4-2. Moffett stole second base and senior Chay Hayes walked to load the bases. Rose walked to cut the deficit to 4-3. Eighth-grader Liz Edwards struck out on a foul tip into the catchers mitt. Cole came to the plate with two outs and delivered a base hit up the middle to tie the game. Wimberly hit the game winner for the Lady Jackets with a fly ball to right field that fell between the second baseman and right fielder.

Boyle County

The WCHS softball team opened its season with a 6-0 victory on the road at Boyle County High School. The game was originally scheduled to be a home game for the Lady Jackets but was moved due to a snow covered field.

Woodford manufactured runs with terrific base running and timely hitting in the win. Lehmkuhler was terrific in her first start. She pitched out of a pair of jams and controlled the game by mixing up her pitches.

“I was a little nervous at first but I settled in and it felt great,” said Lehmkuhler. “I have such a talented defense behind me that I am not afraid to throw my pitches because I know they can handle it and that is a good feeling to have. I think our offense did what we expected to do tonight. We were able to get on base and put pressure on them with our speed.”

“Incredible pitching and great defense is what we had tonight,” said WCHS Coach Les Anderson. “I feel like our girls delivered tonight.”

In the top of the first inning, Lehmkuhler singled and stole second base. Moffett hit an RBI single to give the Lady Jackets a 1-0 lead. The Lady Rebels got a runner to third base on a single, stolen base and wild pitch, but Lehmkuhler struck out the side to escape the jam.

After a scoreless second inning, Abel legged out an infield single to lead off the third inning. Lehmkuhler singled, and she and Abel executed a double steal to put runners on second and third base. Abel scored on a wild pitch, but Lehmkuhler was stranded after a strikeout and lineout by the Lady Jackets.

The bottom of the third was highlighted by Abel gunning down a Lady rebel runner attempting to steal second to end the inning.

In the top of the fifth, Lehmkuhler walked and stole second base and came home when Moffett hit a laser up the middle. In the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Rebels had a runner on second with two outs, but Abel was able to throw her out at third on a stolen base attempt to end the inning.

Rose led off the top of sixth with a walk, and then stole second and third base. Wimberly hit an infield single to bring home Rose and make the score 4-0.

In the top of the seventh, the Lady Jackets started a two-out rally when Moffett hit a triple off the fence in right field. WCHS sophomore Delaney Enlow added a triple of her own to make the score 5-0. Rose hit a single to bring home Enlow and Woodford led 6-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, eighth-grade pitcher Liz Edwards closed out the game with a ground ball and a pair of pop ups.

“Lehmkuhler and Edwards were awesome in the circle for us,” said Anderson. “For both of them to have their first outings in high school and pitch a shut out is very encouraging. Offensively, we were very patient, especially early. We were probably patient to a fault in the early stages of the game, but we found spots to attack.”

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