Winners of the previous three 42nd District softball tournaments, Scott County emphatically added another title Wednesday with a convincing 16-0 win at Bryan Station in four innings.
The Cardinals broke open a scoreless game in the second. Sarah Howard and Taber Lewis both walked before Scott County tagged Stephanie Hamilton, starting for the second straight night, for seven consecutive hits. By the time Hamilton registered the third out, Scott County had built a 10-0 lead.
The Defenders managed only two hits off the Cardinals' Tanner Tevis. Hamilton singled in the second, and Constance Hughes singled in the third.
Tevis said she likes her team's chemistry going into the 11th Region Tournament.
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"I felt really confident, especially with the defense behind me. I know that everybody has my back. The intensity's gotten a lot better. It's good before tournament time," she said.
Scott County managed to drop several hits just over the heads of the Bryan Station infielders. Both coaches addressed the effect of those timely hits.
"With two outs, we just kept hitting," Scott County Coach Scott Walters said. He said the team discusses how "complacency is contagious, but enthusiasm spreads like wildfire."
Bryan Station Coach Brad White said the string of hits was tough to stop.
"I had another plan that didn't come into factor. We just couldn't get out of that inning," he said.
Samantha Hensley pitched the third and fourth innings for Bryan Station. She allowed one run in the third before Scott County got hot again in the fourth.
The Cardinals' Michaela Abney ended the game with a three-run inside-the-park home run. Abney finished with five RBI.
Tevis, a sophomore, said she played left field as an eighth-grader and began pitching as a freshman. Two years ago, Scott County finished third in the state.
"I feel like we can go farther this year," she said.
Both teams now turn to practice before the region tournament.
"(We'll) keep on improving our defense," White said. "Same as usual. Nothing to change now; it's too late in the season."
Walters said getting three days of practice without rain was helpful going into the game. Tevis said she and her Scott County teammates will be busy again.
"A lot of defense, a lot of hitting," she said. "We have a pretty tough region this year. We'll definitely have to play our best."
Bryan Station 000 0— 0 2 2
Scott County 0(10)1 5—16 15 0
T. Tevis and Lewis. Hamilton, Hensley (3) and Ellis. W—T. Tevis. L—Hamilton. 2B—Johnson (SC), Saunders (SC). HR—Abney (SC).
All-tournament team—Chelsea Bleck and Sara Mathis (Henry Clay); Stephanie Hamilton, Constance Hughes and Cidney Brock (Bryan Station); Michaela Abney, Mallory Johnson, Bree Saunders and Kaylie Boehm (Scott County).