43rd District softball: Lafayette 12, LexCath 2; Dunbar 12, Tates Creek 1

mmaloney@herald-leader.comMay 21, 2013 

Stormy weather was Lafayette weather Tuesday.

The Lady Generals waited out a one hour, 28-minute rain delay, then spanked Lexington Catholic 12-2 in the semifinals of the 43rd District softball tournament at Dunbar.

Dunbar romped 12-1 over Tates Creek in five innings in the nightcap.

The championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday. Both finalists will advance to the 11th Region tourney.

"That's the big thing. I believe our region is wide open right now," Lafayette Coach Shane Weaver said. "Even Scott County — on any given day, you never know. We're just happy to get to the region this year, and we're going to put it all on the line to try to get one of the top seeds."

Lafayette (22-12) won its third game in a row. The Generals split a pair of regular-season meetings with Catholic (16-10).

"The very first game we lost by one run. Losing by one run is almost worse than losing by 10 runs," said winning pitcher Jamie Vescio. "So it just some fire under our butts and helped us run-rule them the second time, and then we run-ruled them this time."

Kara Bethel had three of Lafayette's 12 hits.

Abbie Bowling added two hits, as did Vescio, her first coming on a bunt.

"I was feeling pretty good at the plate," Vesciosaid. "I'm glad I could get a bunt down because my swing was kind of struggling at the beginning, and that just kind of helped the momentum go."

Catholic wasted no time getting a lead, in the bottom of the first.

Leadoff batter Sophie Robic was hit by a pitch, then took second on CeCe Wittry's bunt. Sarah Landry followed with an RBI-single to right.

The lead didn't last long, though. Lafayette erupted for four runs in the third. A single and two walks loaded the bases with one out.

Katelyn Mitchell's sacrifice fly to left tied the game. Sarah Cooley ripped a two-run double to right-center, then scored on Abbie Bowling's single up the middle.

The Generals made it 7-1 with a three-run fourth. Caroline Perkins singled in one run. Two more scored on Katelyn Mitchell's shallow fly, which fell safely when center fielder Harper Ford collided with second baseman Wittry.

Back-to-back two-run doubles by Bowling and Maddison Burke made it 11-1 in the sixth, and Sarah Wiggins singled in Burke for a 12th run.

Catholic scored once in the sixth but left the bases loaded.

"Lafayette just hit the ball. It wasn't like we made a bunch of errors; they just hit the ball," Knights Coach Stephon Brown said. "And we didn't put the bat on the ball like we should."

Dunbar (20-12) jumped to a 3-0 lead over the Commodores, scoring once in the first and twice in the second.

In the first, Rachel Ferguson walked and was knocked in on Emily Bryan's double.

Shelby Shanks and Riley Brown opened the second inning with back-to-back hits.

Tia Wilson's sacrifice moved the runners ahead. Shanks scored on a wild pitch and Brown came in on Stephanie Harvey's base hit.

Tates Creek broke through in the third, getting an RBI-single by Kenzie Groft.

The Bulldogs poured it on with nine runs in the bottom of the inning.

Shelby Shanks, Rachel Ferguson and Brooke Hill each singled in one, Stephanie Harvey tripled in two. Another scored on a wild pitch, three on two errors.

Lafayette 12, lexington catholic 2

Lafayette 004 305 — 12 12 0

Lexington Catholic 100 001 — 2 7 1

Vescio and Mitchell; Baker, Dawson (4), Baker (6) and Martin. 2B — Cooley (L), Bowling (L), Burke (L).

Dunbar 12, Tates Creek 1

Tates Creek 001 00 — 1 6 2

Dunbar 129 0x — 12 12 1

Yuttayong and Mutters; Zander and Ferguson. 2B — Bryan (D), Elias (D). 3B — Harvey (D).

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Blog: Markmaloney.bloginky.com

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