Softball: Scott County blanks Henry Clay in six innings

mmaloney@herald-leader.comMay 5, 2014 

GEORGETOWN — Scott County had everything working Monday, scoring a 10-0 run-rule softball victory in six innings over Henry Clay.

"We had a rough weekend," said Coach Jeff Portwood, whose seventh-ranked Cardinals lost to Anderson County and Woodford County. "We rebounded pretty well with a district game. We knew our backs were against the line.

"My main pitcher (Marlee Tevis) is out with an ankle injury and (we're) using our No. 2 pitcher. She stepped up and did her job. Our sticks were on line tonight and defense was solid. That's everything you can ask for this time of year."

Ally Jo Schneider tossed a four-hit shutout, striking out two. Her defense backed her up with a pair of double plays.

"I knew I had to step it up with Marlee being out with her rolled ankle," Schneider said. "I just had to keep the team together. Tried my best, and it worked."

Schneider said there was a bit of pressure to rebound from last weekend.

"Just had to regroup," she said. "We had a good practice yesterday. Good and tough. Intense. It showed today."

The Cardinals (19-7) banged out 12 hits. Sam Smith collected three hits and Jordan Ison contributed a two-run home run.

Eight of nine Cards had at least one hit.

"It just filters throughout the whole team," Ison said.

Scott County scored all the runs it needed with a three-spot in the second inning.

Taylor Ricketts, who reached on one of seven Henry Clay errors, scored on Sam Luckett's double.

Luckett went to third on a groundout, then scored on a wild pitch.

No. 9 batter Kelci Long singled and eventually scored from second on Hallie Fain's double.

Ison's two-run bomb to left-center highlighted a six-run third inning.

"I saw the first pitch and usually her first pitches are meatballs," Ison said. "So I just took a chance and swung, and it felt so perfect. I just felt it — it was good."

Smith, who started the uprising with a single, scored on the back end of a double steal.

Ricketts, who singled, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Luckett's single.

Ison was next with her home run.

"Last tournament we didn't do as well," Ison said. "So this week we wanted to come in and just smash the ball."

A two-base error was followed by run-scoring singles by Fain and Hannah Davis.

The Cardinals added an unearned run in the sixth to bring the game to a close.

"They're a good team," Henry Clay Coach George Beard said. "We had a boatload of errors, but that happens. Right now we're without our leadoff hitter and our two hitter (due to injuries), so that depletes us a little bit. But you've just got to grow."

The Blue Devils (13-7) had a five-game winning streak snapped.

"We've just got to work harder," Beard said. "There are no excuses. Next player up."

Scott County 10, Henry Clay 0

Henry Clay 000 000— 0 4 7

Scott County 036 001—10 12 0

Hensley and Miller; Schneider and Ison. W—Schneider. L—Hensley. 2B—SC: Luckett, Fain, HR—SC: Ison.

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

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