The Webster County Lady Trojans ended the 2017 regular season outside of the top 25, but by just 10 votes. This comes after the squad broke into the top 25 in the coaches poll for a week earlier this year. Not a bad accomplishment for a team that boasts only two juniors and no seniors. This is a young team that will be one to watch in the coming seasons, but for right now the future doesn’t matter.
What matters is the 2017 post season, which starts for the Lady Trojans tonight in Union County, when they face the Union County Bravettes in the 6th District Championship.
Webster put an end to the regular season by going 2-1 in their last week of reglar season play while preparing for the District title game.
Webster County 12
The Webster County Lady Trojans are certainly no stranger to run-ruling opponents.
Behind a masterful performance inside the circle from freshman Grace Scott, the Lady Trojans defeated the visiting Hopkinsville Lady Tigers 12-0 in five innings last Tuesday night, marking the fifth time the Lady Trojans have won via the mercy rule this month alone.
On offense Webster County only recorded five hits in the win, highlighted by an RBI double from both sophomore Karlie Keeney and junior Kari Wood. Sophomore Hattie Hartman also had a solid day at the dish, collecting two singles in three plate appearances and driving in one.
But the Lady Trojans mainly capitalized on miscues by Hoptown. The Lady Tigers issued 10 walks and committed three errors, and only three of Webster County’s runs were earned.
While the pitching was subpar for the Lady Tigers, it was spot-on for the host Lady Trojans. Scott surrendered no runs on one hit and one walk in five innings of work, and also recorded a rather impressive 10 strikeouts.
Webster County 7
Caldwell County 0
Webster County continued its winning ways this past Thursday night against Caldwell County in Princeton, as the Lady Trojans defeated the Lady Tigers 7-0 to record their eighth victory in nine games.
The Lady Trojans got things going early in this game, scoring four runs in the top of the first. The inning was highlighted by a two-RBI triple by freshman Grace Scott and an RBI double by freshman Kennedy Villines.
Webster County tacked on an additional three runs in the top of the third on an RBI double by sophomore Hattie Hartman and two Caldwell County errors that plated Scott and fellow freshman Lawna Ferrell.
The Lady Trojans were led at the plate by Scott with two RBIs. Sophomore Kerstin Braden, Hartman, and Villines each drove in one for the Lady Trojans in the win.
Pitching ace sophomore Karlie Keeney was credited with the win inside the circle, surrendering no runs on just four hits and one walk while striking out 10 in a full seven innings of work.
South Spencer (IN) 3
Webster County 1
Webster County did not close out the regular season the way it probably would have liked to, as the Lady Trojans lost to South Spencer High School (Rockport, IN) 3-1 on Friday afternoon.
The loss dropped the Lady Trojans to 2-4 against out-of-state competition.
Webster County grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a groundout by freshman Hadlee Carter that scored sophomore Kerstin Braden.
But the host Lady Rebels took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth with three runs in the frame, the inning highlighted by a two-RBI double by Hannah Compton.
The Lady Trojans were only able to put one runner on base in the top of the fifth, but were set down in order in the top of the sixth and seventh to end the game.
Hannah Epperson was credited with the win for the Lady Rebels, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out nine in a full seven innings pitched.
Sophomore Karlie Keeney was handed a rare loss in the circle, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out seven.
The Lady Trojans finished the regular season with the fourth-best record in the region. Webster County will now enter postseason play, playing host Union County for the district championship on Wednesday night. The Bravettes advanced to the championship game with a 9-1 victory over Henderson County on Monday night.
Reach CAMERON BROWN