Fillies top Pendleton, play Nicholas Co. for title

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By Lee Kendall

The Harrison County Fillies played their way into the 10th Region Tournament with a 12-2 opening round win over Pendleton County on Tuesday night in the three-team 38th District Softball Tournament at Shirley Field.

Delayed by one day due to a Monday night rain-out, Harrison County avoided a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning. After a couple of walks and an error loaded the bases, Harrison County pitcher Megan Bullock got out of the jam with a strikeout, a pop out and ground out.

That was pretty big, said a relieved Christine Garnett after the game. If you fall behind early and start pressing, who knows what might happen. Harrison County pounded the LadyCats in the regular season, 17-2, but Pendleton County was without six or seven starters that day due to the PCHS senior trip.

Harrison County took advantage of its good fortune in the top of the first inning by taking the lead in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by Bullock with two outs for a 1-0 advantage. Lorraine Dennie opened the game with a long double to centerfield, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Laura Kendall and went to third on Rachel Hatfields infield single. After a pop-out by Charley Hatfield, Bullock delivered with her single.

The Fillies extended their lead to 4-0 in the third inning, then pulled away with eight runs in the fourth, tattoeing Pendleton County pitching with seven hits in the inning, and taking advantage of four PC errors.

Brittany Murphy had a big two-run single in the inning. Rachel Hatfield scorched a double down the left field line for two runs, as well.

Pendleton County scored twice in the fifth inning, but couldnt score again and the game was ended due to the 10-run rule.

Harrison County met up with Nicholas County last night at 7:30 for the 38th District Championship. It was the rubber game between the two teams, as Harrison County won the first regular season match-up between the two teams, with Nicholas County taking the second meeting.

Both teams will advance to the eight-team 10th Region Tournament next week at Clark County High School. According to Clark County Athletic Director Jackie McCloud, the tournament will begin with all four first round games being played on Monday. Harrison County will play the 6 p.m. game regardless of how the brackets are drawn. Harrison County Schools are in session on Memorial Day, making it necessary for the Fillies to play late.