Lady Cougars Fall to McCrory in District Play

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Lady Cougars Lindsey Ford (on second) and Johnna Lopez (on first) execute a double steal against McCrory

The Lady Cougar softball team saw their 2013 season come to a close Monday afternoon in the 2A-3 district tournament at Rector. The third seed in the tournament, the Lady Cougars received a first round bye, playing their first game in the quarterfinals. Rector fell to sixth seed McCrory, 15-12.

McCrory plated six runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 15-10 lead in the high-scoring affair. Rector added a run in their halves of the fifth and sixth innings, but came just short of reclaiming the advantage.

The Lady Cougars got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Courtney Shepard got the offense going with a double. Shepard scored on a double by Kendal Gunn, who in turn was brought home on an RBI single by Lindsey Ford. Johnna Lopez followed with a double, brining in Ford.

McCrory knotted the game up with three runs in the top of the second.

Rector plated two runs in the bottom of the second to move ahead, 5-3. Anna Blackshare hit a two-run homerun over the fence in right-center to bring herself and Brittany Fair home with the advantage. Blackshare's bomb was the hardest hit ball of the day, with many claiming it as "gone" when the ball left her bat.

McCrory scored one run in the third inning and four in the fourth to take their first lead of the game, 8-5.

A popup from Lopez was dropped in the fourth inning, allowing Shepard and Ford to score in the confusion, bringing Rector within a run, 8-7.

The Lady Cougars scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Kelly Fowler drew a walk and moved to third on a single by Shepard. Tarryn Tracy hit a single to center, bringing in Fowler and Shepard and giving Rector the lead, 9-8. Amy DeMent served as pinch runner for Tracy. DeMent went to second on a single by Gunn, and later scored from third on a sacrifice from Ford. Rector now held a 10-8 advantage.

Ford and Shepard finished with four hits each for the Lady Cougars. Ford also drove in two runs. Also hitting safely for Rector were: Lopez, 3-4 with two RBIs; Blackshare, 2-5 with a homerun and three RBIs; Gunn, 2-5 with an RBI; Fair, 2-3 with a walk and Tracy, 1-5 with an RBI.

With the loss, Rector finished the season with an impressive 15-5-1 overall record.

The outing marked the final game at RHS for seniors Fowler, Kaitlyn Essman, Tracy and Ashley Arnold.

"These seniors have meant a lot to this program," RHS head coach Lewis Ernest said. "Kelly, Kaitlyn and Tarryn have been everyday players since I've been here and Ashley is one of those kids who does everything you ask of her. We're really going to miss them."

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