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Fillies continue winning ways

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By Lee Kendall

The Harrison County Fillies softball team won its fourth consecutive regular season tournament last weekend and look to maintain its momentum heading into post-season play in two weeks.

Harrison County has an overall record of 22-3 and has won 16 games in a row. They have won 21 of its last 22 since starting the year with a 1-2 record after the first week of the season.

The Fillies went 3-0 and won their own McDonald’s Derby Classic Tournament over the weekend.

“The girls are playing with a lot of confidence right now and the players we are counting on to deliver big hits and big defensive plays are getting the job done,” said HCHS head coach Christine Garnett. “We just want to keep executing the right way and the winning will take care of itself.”

On Friday night, Harrison County utilized the long ball and beat Bullitt Central in the opening game of the tournament.

Junior Rachel Hatfield smacked a pair of home runs and cousin Charley Hatfield added a solo shot of her own as the Fillies beat Bullitt Central, 5-3. Lorraine Dennie added a pair of hits as well.

On Saturday morning, Harrison County  cruised past Powell County (17-11), 9-1. In that victory, six of the nine Harrison County hitters had at least two hits apiece. Dennie led the way with three hits, including a double. Michelle Carson, and the two Hatfield girls all had doubles as well and RBIs.

In the championship game on Saturday night, Rowan County scored one run in the top of the first and Harrison County answered with two in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead, which is how the game ended.

In the bottom of the first, Harrison County pitcher Ashley Coppage received a scare. Rowan County slugger Amber Riddle, with 52 home runs in her career, ripped a line drive up the middle that caromed off of Coppage’s shin.

Coppage was replaced by Tracey Hicks and Hicks shut down the Vikings for the rest of the game to earn the win.

“That is a tremendous advantage we have right now,” said Garnett of her team’s depth on the mound. “Ashley and Tracey have been outstanding all year for us and both have bright futures on the mound. It will be important that Ashley get back out there as soon as possible so she can shake off that bad experience.”

On Tuesday night, Harrison County went on the road and smoked Pendleton County 18-0 in a regular season district contest.

The game was shortened to three innings and the Fillies dominated, scoring two in the first, 13 in the second and three in the third.

Hicks went three innings to get the win, allowing only one hit and striking out six.

Dennie had three hits, scored once and drove in one run. Rachel Hatfield had a double and three RBIs, Charley Hatfield had a double and two RBIs, Morgan Florence got two hits and scored twice and Courtney Wiggins scored three times and had a pair of RBIs.

Harrison County has a district match-up scheduled for tonight at home against Nicholas County with the top seed heading into district tournament play on the line.

This weekend, the Fillies will play in the Bourbon County Invitational Tournament and will be seeking their fifth tournament title of the season. They are slated to play Fleming County, Bishop Brossart and Bourbon County.

Next week, the Fillies will conclude the regular season with two games at home and two on the road.

On Monday Harrison County entertains Pendleton County and on Friday welcomes Mason County to the Hilltop. On Tuesday, they travel back to Bourbon County and on Thursday take a trip to Campbell County.