Ashley Block hates to lose even though she's had plenty of opportunities to get accustomed to the feeling.
"She's one of those kids that every time we get beat it eats at her and she takes it personally," Tates Creek softball coach Jeff Shearer said of his senior outfielder.
Block has lost 133 times in her Commodores career and won only 32 times.
So it seemed only fitting that she would be the one to drive in the final two runs to give Creek a 13-2 win over Lexington Christian on Thursday, her final night on her home field.
Block's shot to deep right-center field in the sixth inning meant Tates Creek (4-27) won on the 10-run rule, something it's never done in her five seasons.
No matter how many times the Commodores have lost, Block says she always thinks the next game will be a win. That attitude helped prepare her for a night like Thursday, she said.
"You have to have that mind-set or you'd never be able to have a night like this in your last game on your home field," Block said. "You have to come out expecting to win every single time."
In all five of her at-bats, Block got on base. She drove in four runs with her four hits and scored twice.
It was the kind of night that helps make the losses a little less painful.
"I'm not a quitter," Block said. "It's been really hard the last few years, but my mom and dad have always raised me never to quit."
It didn't look like it would be easy Thursday against a much-improved Lexington Christian team that has had several consecutive lean years like Tates Creek. The Commodores allowed the Eagles to score in the first inning on a four-base error.
But Tates Creek righted itself with a three-run first. A four-run fifth after three straight LCA errors gave the Commodores some breathing room. They had 14 hits in the win.
Finley Yuttayong gave up three hits in six innings, striking out seven Eagles.
LCA (6-18) has tripled its win total from last season and, like Tates Creek, it's looking to keep improving.
Shearer feels good about the Commodores' future since he is losing just two seniors and he's playing some solid freshmen.
Not surprisingly, Block has high hopes for the post-season, which starts next week.
"I still think we have a really good shot of doing something big this year," Block said.
Lexington Christian 100 010— 2 3 5
Tates Creek 302 143—13 14 1
Sarah Miller and Shelby Slusher. Finley Yuttayong and Carleigh Adams. W—Yuttayong. L—Miller. 2B—Ashley Block. 3B—Yuttayong.