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June 3, 2014

Lady Raiders Fall in Region to Eventual Champ East Jessamine

STEARNS — The Lady Raider softball team saw their season come to an end on Memorial Day in the opening round of the 12th Region Tournament with a 16-0 loss to eventual champion East Jessamine.

  For the second year in a row the Lady Raiders would draw the region’s best team as their first round opponent.  Last year McCreary was paired with Boyle County in the opening round.  Not only did the Lady Rebels go on to win the regional championship but they also ended up with a fourth place finish in the state tournament.

  This season it was East Jessamine as the team that stood out in the 12th Region with a high powered offense that outscored the nearest 12th Region team by over 100 total runs and came into the regional tournament averaging just over ten runs per game.  They had reached double digits in 20 of 36 games coming into the tournament which was played on their home field.

  While their offense was quite formidable in the opening round against McCreary a struggling  Lady Raider defense contributed greatly to the sixteen run total they would put on the scoreboard.

  East Jessamine’s first batter of the game laid down a bunt along the first base line which was fielded by Haley Jones who put the tag on the runner only to have the ball fly out of the glove.  A pop fly would drop into center field for a single and runners would end up on second and third with one out when a fly ball into center field brought home the runner tagging up from third.  The throw into the infield would get away forcing catcher Reagan Kidd to run it down near the third base dugout leaving home plate uncovered and allowing the second runner to come home to make it 2-0.

  McCreary was nearly out of the inning but a two out error kept the inning going for Malin Miracle who launched a one strike pitch over the right-center field fence for a two run home run that made it 4-0.

  In the bottom of the second the Lady Jaguars would bat around sending eleven hitters to the plate and scoring six more runs.  McCreary would contribute four more errors to the cause to go along with four more East Jessamine hits in the inning.

  East Jessamine would not need much offense as senior pitcher Haylee Hamm was able to kept the Lady Raider offense in check limiting them to just four hits in the four inning game.  McCreary second baseman Cierra Terry would record two of the hits including a ground ball through the infield to lead off the game.  A heads up base running play would get her to second after Megan Ross popped up along the first base line.  Hamm would make the catch on the run but as she crossed over into foul territory seemed to forget about Terry who took advantage and advanced on to second base without a throw.  She would end up stranded there and only one other Lady Raider baserunner would get that far the rest of the game.

  Hamm would retire the next eight hitters after the leadoff single but Terry would single again with two outs in the third for her second hit of the game.

  East Jessamine would add two more runs in the bottom of the third to stretch the lead to 12-0.

   McCreary would get their best scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth as Megan Maxwell and Haley Jones connected for back to back one out singles.  Just as happened in the first inning though when the Lady Raiders put a runner on second with one out Hamm would retire the next two hitters on strikes to preserve the shutout.

  Needing three runs in the bottom of the fourth to end the game via the 15 run lead after four innings stipulation of the mercy rule Hamm would line a clutch two out drive just over the fence in left field to increase the Lady Jaguar lead from 14-0 to 16-0 which ended the game.

  East Jessamine would also shut out Garrard County in the semifinals by an 8-0 score but they would have to hang on for a 9-7 win in the championship game against defending champ Boyle County.  Last year  Boyle County beat the Lady Jaguars  5-3 in the championship game to claim the region title.

  East Jessamine now moves on to face Scott County Thursday in the opening round of the sixteen team, double elimination state tournament in Owensboro.

  The Lady Raiders finish the season with a 16-8 record.  They were 5-5 against 12th Region opponents and 3-3 vs district foes Southwestern and Wayne County.  Four Lady Raider seniors played in their final game.  They are Cortney Dixon, Megan Maxwell, Megan Ross and Alexandria West.

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