State softball: Oldham County eliminates Scott County with 4-3 win

mmaloney@herald-leader.comJune 7, 2013 

  • STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

    When: 2 p.m. EDT Saturday

    Where: Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro

OWENSBORO — Madison Reed's walk-off RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Oldham County a 4-3 victory over Scott County in a Friday elimination game of the Rawlings/KHSAA Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament.

Thus came a bittersweet ending for No. 4 Scott County, which dropped a 5-1 decision to Lone Oak earlier in the day at Jack C. Fisher Park.

Coach Scott Walters had a message for his crestfallen squad: "Don't let this define your career or your season. Because we've got a lot of good photos in our album for this year, a lot of good memories," he said. "We'll try to pick up those pieces and we'll move on."

Michal Luckett, who made several spectacular plays at shortstop, tried to put the game and the season in perspective.

"It's rough. We worked our butts off all year just to get here. (Then, to) play like we did. I mean, we didn't hit to our full potential at all," Luckett said.

Reflecting on back-to-back State Tournament appearances, Luckett added: "It's really a great thing to be able to come here as often as we do. I don't think we appreciate it as much as we should because we might take it for granted a little bit. But it's a great thing to get to come here and try to play."

The Cardinals (34-6) battled back from a 2-1 deficit to take a 3-2 lead over No. 12 Oldham.

But the Colonels (35-6-1) tied on Taylor Sheller's run-scoring double in the fifth.

In the seventh, Oldham started with back-to-back singles by Sarah Lopesilvero and Rebecca Wishnevski.

A fielder's choice and groundout put runners on second and third with two outs.

Reed then scooted an infield single to near the second-base bag to score the winning run.

"I was proud of them for (battling). Unfortunately we made some base-running mistakes that cost us a few runs, and a couple seeing-eye balls we didn't get to cost us to give them a run," Walters said. "But Michal played a heck of a game on defense out there, and I was proud how they kept battling."

Scott County led 1-0 in the first when Madison Mullin, who led off with a walk, scored on the back end of a delayed double steal.

Oldham tied in the bottom of the frame on Lopesilvero's homer to right field.

The Colonels added a run in the second on Kristen Smith's run-scoring double.

Scott County tied in the fourth, when Katie Stamper singled in a run.

The Cardinals took the lead in the fifth, courtesy of a pair of Colonel errors. Luckett, who reached on the first error, scored on the second.

Tiffany Wicklin had two of Scott County's six hits.

In Scott County's earlier game, Kelsee Henson drove in three runs to lead Lone Oak to a 5-1 victory.

Lone Oak, last year's State runner-up, never trailed.

The Purple Flash struck for two runs in the third.

Jacqueline Roof, who led off with a single, came home on Henson's sacrifice fly to center.

Keely Barnes, who doubled, scored on Kionna Waldon's base hit.

A three-run sixth pushed the lead to 5-0.

Barnes singled in one run, and Henson followed with a two-run single.

Left-hander Jenny Chapman kept the Cardinals off the board until the seventh.

Losing pitcher Wickline led off with a single. Pinch-runner Ally Jo Schneider eventually scored on Madison Mullin's single up the middle.

"This is a really good group to be around all year," Walters said. "They worked real hard ... and they didn't quit. When they had some stuff happen to them, they kept battling. So I'm really proud of them."


Saturday

State championship game

When: 2 p.m. EDT

Where: Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro


Saturday

State championship game

When: 2 p.m. EDT

Where: Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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