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Fillies fall to Montgomery

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By Lee Kendall

The winningest season in the history of Harrison County High School fast-pitch softball came to an end last week as the Fillies dropped a 6-2 decision to host Montgomery County in the semi-final round of the 10th Region Tournament.

Harrison County, the home team on the scoreboard, surrendered two runs in the top of the first inning, and could never get their offense untracked against two Lady Indian pitchers.

Montgomery County saw its first five batters reach base safely with two runs scoring. Harrison County pitcher Tracey Hicks avoided a bigger inning, however, by retiring the next three batters to leave the bases loaded.

In the second inning, Harrison County narrowed the gap to 2-1 when Tracey Hicks singled and moved to third on a two-base error by the Lady Indians’ right fielder. She later scored on a ground out by Kaitlin Shepherd.

The momentum for the Fillies was short-lived, however, as Montgomery County scored four times in the top of the third to take command.

Montgomery County starting pitcher Paige Compton went four innings to pick up the win for the Lady Indians. She was relieved by Erin Charles who pitched the final three innings.

The two Montgomery County hurlers combined to give up just three hits to Harrison County and struck out 12 Fillie batters.

The Fillies scored their final run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Charley Hatfield walked, moved to second on a ground out and scored on a double to left by Shepherd.

Montgomery County went on to win the 10th Region Tournament, defeating Clark County 3-2 in the championship game.  The Lady Indians will participate in the 16-team state tournament on Friday when they play 13th Region winner North Laurel at 10:45 a.m. The state tournament is being played at Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro.

Harrison County finished its season with a school-best 29-5 record.