• Mike Muncy, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lady Jackets open season swinging, now 5-0 on season

Woodford County had a slow start against Anderson County, dropping to 2-0 in the end of the first inning, but by the top of the second, the Lady Jackets had removed any doubt that they weren’t going to be a dominate force, jumping out to a 10-2 lead. Taylor Sallee, Claire Lehmkuhler, Kasey Abel and Emily Hestand all had RBIs in the inning.

Sallee started things out with a big home run, allowing both her and Delaney Enlow to score to tie things up at two apiece. Woodford again scored after Lehmkuhler got a walk, allowing Tori Cavens to score making it 3-2. Abel singled on a 0-2 count, allowing Kelsey Coleman to score to make it 4-2. Kayleigh Poe was able to score on an error by Bearcat shortstop Lexi Tinsley. Enlow homered on a fly ball out to center field, allowing Lehmkuhler and Abel to score to bring the score up 8-2. The Lady Jackets closed out the bottom of the second inning with a home run courtesy of Hestand allowing her and Sallee to score, making it 10-2. Woodford County would go on to score seven more runs, one in the third, and six in the fifth to end it early for the Bearcats. Lehmkuhler was strong on the mound for Woodford, pitching four innings with six strike outs only allowing three hits and two runs. Elizabeth Edwards threw one inning in relief. Sallee lead stellar hitting for the Yellow jackets, going 4-for-4 at the plate. Hestand, Enlow, Tatum Wimberly, Abby Moffett and Lehmkuhler all had multiple hits. Enlow lead the team in RBIs accounting for five. Moffett’s walk-off gives Lady Jackets win over Lady Generals In stark contrast to the season opener where the Lady Jackets dominated Anderson County, it was anyone’s game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Woodford County was all tied up against Lafayette at two apiece. Abby Moffett silenced all doubt when she singled to make it a walk-off victory for the Yellow Jackets, who are now 2-0 on the season. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third when Tatum Wimberly doubled on a line drive to right field. Wimberly was able to score on the next play after a bunt by Kayleigh Poe resulting in an error by Lafayette. Woodford County was able to keep the momentum going when Claire Lehmkuhler singled on a bunt with Poe now on third. Kasey Abel was up next and singled on a line drive to center field, allowing Poe to score. The Generals would lock down their defense after allowing two runs, recording three outs on the next four batters. It wasn’t until the top of the fifth inning that they would get their offense moving, with Natalie Henry scoring to make it 2-1. Lafayette then tied things up in the top of the sixth inning when Carlee Jeter homered on a line drive out to centerfield to tie things up at two apiece. Taylor Sallee was the only bright spot in the bottom of the sixth for the Lady Jackets after reaching first on error. Tori Cavens came in for Sallee and was able to steal second. Emily Hestand struck out to give Lafayette their first out. Jocelynn Edwards was up next and also struck out. Wimberly was up next, and hit a pop fly out to center field to make it three outs and on to the seventh. Woodford’s defense stayed locked down in the top of the seventh to keep the game in reach getting a quick three and out. Lehmkuhler hit a ground ball and was able to reach on an error. Kasey Abel was up next, and managed a hit to put Lehmkuhler on third, with two outs. Moffett was up next and singled on a line drive out to centerfield, allowing Lehmkuhler to score and allowing a walk off win for the Lady Yellow Jackets, 3-2. Lady Yellow Jackets defeat Central Hardin at Woodford County Invitational Woodford County played a pair of games against a tough Central Hardin in the Woodford County Invitational, coming out ahead in both games 6-3 and 7-5. The Lady Yellow Jackets pulled out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to Delaney Enlow and Taylor Sallee both hitting home runs. Enlow again showed off her hitting power in the bottom of the third with another home run to make it 4-1. Central Hardin was able to bring the score to within one point when E Bryant homered to centerfield, bringing the score to 4-3. Abby Moffett would answer back with a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning and Sallee scored on a Kelsey Coleman single to make it 6-3. The Lady Yellow Jackets defense held strong for the remainder of the game to give a final score of 6-3.

The two teams played again, and Woodford County was able to pull off another win, 7-5.

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