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Lady Cards repeat as 20th District champs

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Sabo’s two-run single sends Taylor County past Adair County; play Nelson at region today

By Bobby Brockman

 

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Taylor County made it back-to-back 20th District Softball Tournament championships with an 8-6 triumph over Adair County at Campbellsville’s field on the Durham Campus.
However, it was not an easy title win as the Lady Cardinals needed three runs in the bottom of the sixth to re-take the advantage from the Lady Indians.
Coach Neil Sanders’ club led 3-1 after Adair County had scored first on singles by Hannah Absher and Jordan Janes and a fielder’s choice.
The Lady Cards responded with singles by Becca Orberson, Haley Wright, Hannah Howard and MaKayla Sabo with Wright’s hit knocking in a run and Sabo’s accounting for two more.
Adair County ripped TCHS for a five-spot in the fourth, started by eventual losing-pitcher Natalie Bertram’s double and singles by Whitley Turner, Ashley Bragg, Absher and Janes.
The Lady Cards cut their deficit from 6-4 to 6-5 on a fourth-inning double by Karissa Mings and a run-scoring single from Wright.
In the pivotal bottom of the sixth, Orberson, Cheyenne Moran and Shelby Carney walked before Mings knotted the score with a sacrifice fly.
Wright was hit by a pitch to re-load the bases and after a force-out a the plate, Sabo singled in two more runs giving Taylor County the 8-6 cushion.
Howard allowed Absher’s fourth hit to start the seven, but used a double-play from Reagan Pollock to Carney before getting the final out for the championship.
Both teams advance to the Fifth Region Tournament at Hart County with four first-round games today. Pairings are found in Upcoming Games.

Lady Cardinals 8, Lady Indians 6
20th District Softball Tournament
Durham Campus
Championship game
Adair County    100    500    0    —    6    9    0
Taylor County    310    103    x    —    8    8    1

Natalie Bertram, MaKayla Matthews (6) and Sydney Bright. Hannah Howard and Olivia Burton. 2B — Bertram (AC), Karissa Mings (TC). Four hits — Hannah Absher (AC). Two hits — Jordan Janes (AC), Haley Wright (TC), MaKayla Sabo (TC). Singles — Ashley Bragg (AC), Becca Orberson (TC), Cheyenne Moran (TC), Howard (TC). W — Howard. L — Bertram.