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In regular-season games this year, the Taylor County and Washington County softball teams were separated by one run in a two-game split.
On Monday in Radcliff, in the first round of the Fifth Region Tournament at North Hardin, the two teams couldn't have been further apart.
Taylor County used 16 free passes, served up by two Commanderette pitchers, and run-ruled WCHS 12-0 in five innings.
"Anything can happen, and we certainly didn't expect this," said a dejected Commanderette coach Christy Baker. "Too many errors, walks and no hitting."
But for Taylor County, the game plan was to wait on a pitch.
"We talked about being patient," said Kelly Townsend, the Lady Cards' coach. "We had 15 walks in the first two regular-season games and I wanted the girls to be patient and wait on a pitch they could drive."
But Taylor County didn't have to drive much. The Lady Cards managed only four hits - two by senior first-sacker Megan Peake and one each by Becca Cook and McCall Turpin.
Peake plated two runs with a double in the second and Cook singled in a run in the same frame.
Only Pooh Railey and Natalie Maupin had hits for the Commanderettes. Railey walked in the fourth for Washington's only other base runner.
Brittany Skaggs pitched the two-hit shutout, walking just one and striking out seven.
Turpin, Karrie Cave and Hannah Milby all drew three walks each in the game. Those walks, along with three Commanderette errors and seven wild pitches or passed balls, led to nine runs.
The loss left a young (only one senior) Washington County team with a 14-19 record.
The win improved Taylor County's record to 14-16.
"We're a totally different team now than when we played them (Washington) earlier this year," said Townsend. "Believe it or not, we're really starting to hit the ball."
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Taylor County High School's softball season ended on Tuesday night in the Fifth Region Tournament at North Hardin.
The Lady Bruins, who held off Green County (26-4-1) 3-2 in Monday's first round, used a two-run homer from eighth-grade shortstop Jordan Lasley in the bottom of the sixth inning to add to a 3-2 lead and an eventual 5-2 triumph.
The Lady Cardinals (14-16) had fought back from a 3-0 deficit in the top of the frame when Megan Peake walked and Becca Cook reached on an infield error. After an out, eighth-grade left-fielder Haley Franklin walked to fill the bases. With junior second baseman Karrie Cave batting, the Lady Bruins followed an infield throwing error with an infield fielding error, which allowed two runs to score.
Central Hardin sophomore pitcher Kristina Krupinski struck out the next two batters to end the scare.
Central Hardin (22-10) played North Hardin (27-4-1) for the tourney title on Wednesday.