Some clutch hitting and pitching by senior Megan Bullock and a fine defensive play by sophomore shortstop Rachel Hatfield secured a big win over visiting Lexington Catholic in fast pitch softball on Tuesday night at Shirley Field.
Bullock ripped a two-run single to right field in the first inning to stake the Fillies to a 2-0 lead, then pitched out of a couple of big jams later in the game as Harrison County ran its record to 11-7 on the year with a 6-5 win.
After Lexington Catholic scored twice in the second inning to tie the score, Harrison County scored twice more in the third inning to take the lead and were never headed.
Laura Kendall ripped a double to right center with one out in the third. Hatfield followed with a single and both scored on a double by Charley Hatfield.
Leading 6-2 heading into the sixth inning, Lexington Catholic rallied and pulled to within 6-5 and had the bases loaded with two outs. LexCath batter Amber Knight smashed a one-hopper to Hatfields left, but the sophomore speared the ball and threw a perfect strike to first baseman Brittany Murphy to end the threat.
That was a huge win for us against a quality team, said HCHS coach Christine Garnett. We have come close to beating some really good teams, but havent been able to get over the hump. Hopefully, this will give the girls the confidence that they can compete against anybody and win.
Last weekend, the Fillies led 15th ranked South Laurel 3-0 in the third inning, but failed to make enough defensive plays down the stretch and also made a couple of base running blunders that prevented them from pulling the upset. South Laurel eventually pulled out a 6-4 extra inning win.
On Saturday morning, the Fillies pounded Bourbon County 14-4 in an early morning game, but then were defeated by tournament host Clark County later in the day, 8-4.
This weekend, Harrison County will host the McDonalds/Harrison County Derby Classic at Shirley Field. Six teams will participate in the two-pool tournament, with the top finishers in each pool squaring off in the championship rounds.
The Fillies will play West Carter on Friday night at 7:15 and will face Williamstown on Saturday afternoon at 12:30. The other pool in the tournament features teams from Bourbon County, Fleming County and Grant County. The first place teams in both pools will play each other for the championship, the second place teams will play for third place and the third place teams will play for fifth place.