• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Moffett's big day paces the Lady Jackets in regional win

The Woodford County High School softball team beat Frederick Douglass, 18-8, in the opening round of the Region 11 tournament. WCHS sophomore Abby Moffett hit a pair of home runs to lead the Lady Jackets' offensive attack. WCHS freshman Claire Lehmkuhler pitched three scoreless innings and earned the victory. "I think early on we lost our focus," said WCHS Coach Les Anderson. "I reminded the girls to relax, and thankfully they did. When you jump out to a quick 8-0 lead, and we may have lost our edge and missed some opportunities to make plays in the field. From top to bottom, the girls hit the ball well, and we will need to continue that this week." After a scoreless first inning, the game was delayed by lightning for 30 minutes in the top of the second inning. WCHS sophomore Kasey Abel scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the second inning, and senior Bailee Ramnes hit a two-run single to increase the Woodford lead to 3-0. WCHS senior Peyton Rose hit a two-run single and later scored on a home run by Moffett. WCHS junior Leea Cole singled to drive in sophomore Delaney Enlow and increase the Lady Jacket lead to 8-0. Cole entered the game at pitcher in the third inning. The Lady Jackets committed a pair of errors in the inning, leading to four runs by the Lady Broncos. In the bottom of the third, WCHS senior Paige Hampton drove in a pair of runs on a single to left field to give the Lady Jackets a 10-4 lead. Woodford added two more runs on a wild pitch and a walk. The Lady Broncos scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Jackets rallied for five runs, capped off by a walk-off home run by Moffett to end the game. "That felt great," said Moffett. "I did it for the team. We have a good thing going right now, and I want to see how far we can go."

Franklin Co The Lady Jackets beat Franklin County, 12-7, in the District 41 championship May 23. Woodford jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings, but their lead was cut in half in the top of the third inning by the Lady Flyers. The Lady Jackets outscored Franklin County 6-4 over the final three and a half innings to seal the win. Lehmkuhler pitched seven innings, allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs while striking out six. WCHS sophomore Kasey Abel walked with the bases loaded, scoring Moffett. WCHS junior Emily Hestand continued her success at the plate with a two-run single to increase the Woodford lead to 3-0. Rose reached base on an error in the bottom of the second inning, scoring Lehmkuhler. Moffett singled to left field, scoring Rose. Abel reached first on an error, allowing Moffett to score and increase the Lady Jacket lead to 6-0. The Lady Flyers rallied for three runs in the top of the third on two singles, a walk and a double. The Lady Jackets had two runners on base in the bottom of the third when Rose lined into a double play to end the inning. Moffett hit a solo home run to open the bottom of the fourth inning, and Hestand hit an RBI single to score Abel. FCHS freshman Peyton Sutton hit a three-run inside the park home run in the top of the fifth inning to cut the Lady Jacket lead to 8-6. Lehmkuhler scored on a wild pitch and Moffett reached base on an error allowing Rose to score and increasing the Woodford lead to 10-6 in the fifth inning. Hampton hit an RBI single, and Cole drove in Enlow on a fielder's choice. Franklin County added one run in the top of the sixth inning, but Lehmkuhler retired the Lady Flyers in order in the top of the seventh. Moffett and Hestand led the Lady Jackets with three RBI each. Lehmkuhler had two stolen bases, and freshman Tatum Wimberly added one.

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