• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lady Jackets drop a pair in Alabama

WCHS SOPHOMORE DELANEY ENLOW, pictured earlier this season, hit a home run in the Lady Jackets loss to Hatton on April 5. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School softball team went 0-2 in Huntsville, Ala., where they competed in the Bob Jones Invitational tournament. The Lady Jackets went to extra innings in the first game against Hatton High School (Town Creek, Ala.) but lost in the eighth inning. In the second game of the day, Baker High School (Mobile, Ala.) beat the Lady Jackets in a weather-shortened four inning game.

The Lady Jackets lost in the second game of a day/night double header to the Baker High School Lady Hornets 12-3. The game was stopped in the bottom half of the fourth inning due to weather.

The Lady Hornets scored five runs in the top of the first inning on five singles, a walk and an error. The Lady Hornets lead grew to nine runs in the top of the second on four singles and a walk. In the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Hornets grew their lead to 12-0 on a home run and three more singles.

In bottom of the fourth, WCHS sophomore Kasey Abel hit a double to left field to drive in a run and WCHS senior Peyton Rose singled home Abel to cut the deficit to 10 runs. WCHS junior Leea Cole singled to left field to score Rose from second base. When the game was called, the Lady Jackets had two runners on with no outs in the inning.

In the first game of the day against Hatton, The Lady Jackets scored first on a error by the catcher allowing Enlow to cross the plate from third. The Lady Hornets tied the game in the bottom of the second with a home run by its sophomore starting pitcher Ashley Berryman.

Berryman hit a two run homer in the bottom of the fourth to give the Lady Hornets a 3-1 lead. Woodford responded in the top of the fifth with a single by junior Emily Hestand but left runners on the corners when Rose struck out swinging to end the inning. The Lady Hornets added a run in the bottom of the fifth to increase their lead to two runs.

In the top of the sixth, WCHS sophomore center fielder Abby Moffett hit a two run home run to tie the game at 4-4. The Lady Jackets stranded a pair of runners again when eighth-grader Caroline Marshall struck out to end the inning.

WCHS freshman pitcher Claire Lehmkuhler struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth and held the Lady Hornets scoreless in the bottom of the seventh despite having two runners on base.

In the top of the eighth, Moffett drove in a run on an RBI single to right field and Enlow hit a long home run to center field to make the score 7-4.

The Lady Hornets rallied in the bottom of the eighth. After a pair of walks, the Lady Hornets tied the game on a double to left field and a sacrifice bunt and then a steal of home plate by sophomore Emma Czervionke won the game 8-7.

Lehmkuhler went seven and two-thirds innings allowing seven runs on six hits while striking out nine batters. Moffett and Enlow each had two hits for the Lady Jackets and Moffett added three RBI.

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