High school softball: Woodford's bats come alive as Yellowjackets rally past Lexington Catholic

mmaloney@herald-leader.comApril 16, 2014 

For four innings Wednesday, it looked like Lexington Catholic would upset Woodford County.

But then the Yellowjackets' bats awoke and Woodford rallied for a 15-8 high school softball victory on the road.

"That was a good come-from-behind win," said Coach Sasha Turansky, whose team trailed 5-2 through four innings. "We came out really, really flat. But we clawed back every inning and started making plays and getting timely hits when we needed them. But (Catholic) was a great hitting team. They came out just swinging and put it on us for those first two or three innings."

Kaitlyn and Kerstyn Coleman each drove in four runs for Woodford (13-6), which has won 12 of its last 13 games. In addition to the Colemans, Keely Moussette and Amanda Head each had two of the Jackets' 15 hits.

"That's us," Turansky said of the big offensive numbers. "The way we can hit, we're never really out of a game. We hit the ball hard and we do a good job of getting runners on, to move them around. That's been our 'M.O.' lately, scoring a bunch of runs and hoping that the rest of it falls into place."

Woodford took control with five runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. The Jackets added three in the seventh.

Kerstyn Coleman's two-run double and Moussette's two-run homer highlighted the fifth inning.

"I am very excited to hit my 22nd (career) home run," Moussette said. "I had a rough start, so I'm excited to be back and hitting and helping the team out."

Woodford batted around in the sixth, taking advantage of two Catholic errors.

Kaitlyn Coleman's three-run double accounted for the seventh-inning runs.

The Lady Knights (3-12) lost their eighth straight game, but Coach Stephon Brown was upbeat.

"We've got a very young team," he said. "We've got one senior, and we've got eighth-graders and a seventh-grader out there. We just mixed the lineup up a little bit to see if I can find a good nine to be on the field."

Woodford scored an unearned run in the first, but Catholic came back with three in the bottom of the inning.

Sophie Robic drove in two runs with a ground-rule double that bounced over the center-field fence. She later scored from third on Harper Ford's infield single with two outs.

The Knights made it 5-1 in the third, thanks to a two-run double by Ford.

But Woodford rallied, starting with a run in the fourth. Moussette doubled and scored on Cheyenne Jamison's single.

"They've got a good hitting team," Brown said. "They're one of the tops in the region and we were lucky just to battle with them today. It was close up until the fourth inning or so. Then it was all over."

Brooke Corum came on in relief to start the fourth and kept Catholic at bay.

"I like the pressure. It's nice," Corum said. "I'm given a reason to do good."

Robic finished with three of the Knights' 10 hits. Ford and Hannah Martin had two hits each.

Woodford Co. 15, Lexington catholic 8

Woodford Co. 100 155 3—15 15 4

Lexington Catholic 302 001 2—8 10 4

Todd, Corum (4) and Head; Wittry and Ford. W—Corum; L: Wittry. 2B—Moussette, WC; Ke. Coleman, WC; Ka. Coleman, WC; Robic, LC; Ford, LC. 3B—Shelton, WC. HR—Moussette, WC.

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

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