Henry Clay softball drills Bryan Station for second time in month

mmaloney@herald-leader.comApril 29, 2014 

  • Henry Clay 11, Bryan Station 1

    Bryan Station 000 10— 1 4 6

    Henry Clay 125 3x—11 7 2

    Smith, Erb (3) and Tolson. Hensley, Cooper (5) and Miller. W—Hensley. L—Smith. 2B—BS: Lewis; HC: Worrell. HR—HC: Pelton.

Henry Clay's 11-1, five-inning win over visiting Bryan Station on Tuesday is just the latest sign that the Lady Blue Devils are a team on the rise.

The Devils (10-6), who also beat the Defenders 11-0 earlier in the month, have won four of their last five games.

"We're getting everybody healthy and that's a big part of it," Coach George Beard said. "As long as our pitching stays constant and consistent, we'll be all right."

Henry Clay got four solid innings from Anna Hensley in the circle, and Alex Cooper closed out the final inning.

"Anna Hensley pitched well tonight," Beard said. "We're going to go as far as our pitching, it's that simple. I think we can hit with anybody in the state. We average seven, eight runs a game, but our pitching, you've got to be good."

Megan Worrell and Beth Ann Hamilton each had two of Henry Clay's seven hits. The big blow, though, was the first career homer for senior Olivia Pelton.

Henry Clay, which scored an unearned run in the first inning, went up 3-0 when Pelton poked a two-run shot into the parking lot in right-center.

"She's a contact hitter. She normally singles and doubles for us, and tonight she powered up and hit one," Beard said. "I thought she could do it all the time. I'm glad she finally got one. That relieves that stress of not hitting one, and now she can go on and focus on just hitting the ball hard."

The Blue Devils added five runs in the third on just two hits. Bryan Station committed three errors in the inning, with two walks.

Three more runs crossed in the fourth, again on two hits, and aided by two errors and a walk.

Presented with opportunity, the Devils executed.

"That's the one thing that we've been trying to work on over the last week is the mental part of game, make sure we do the things that we want to do and execute the way we want to execute," Beard said. "Today was a good night for us."

Bryan Station (4-18) avoided a shutout with a run in the fourth.

Emma Hamilton reached on on error, took second on Kimberly Erb's base hit and scored on a double by Alyssa Lewis.

"These girls, they just need to make sure they stay in it spirit-wise," Coach Allison Hix said after Bryan Station dropped its 13th in a row. "These girls are battling. I mean, they took seven innings with Scott County last week; they just didn't show up this week.

"They try to battle but there's days that we have (bad) days. We'll get back at it when we play Scott County on Thursday."

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

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