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The Spencer County Lady Bears ended their season early Monday afternoon with a 6-2 loss to Gallatin County in the opening round of the Eighth Region Tournament hosted by South Oldham.
The Lady Bears got off to a good start in their first at bat, scoring twice. Brianna Bonham drew a one-out walk and MacKenzie Keown reached on an infield single. Katie McKinney then hit a liner to right field to load the bases. Tara Sorrels hit a grounder to third that resulted in a force out at home plate. The return throw to third sailed overhead allowing Keown to score. McKinney then scored on a passed ball and the Lady Bears led 2-0.
Spencer County kept Gallatin County scoreless through the first two innings, but the Lady Wildcats scored three times in the bottom of the third. They loaded the bases on two hits and a walk when a Gallatin batter delivered a sharply hit double to center field to clear the bases.
Spencer County would only get one baserunner on during the last four innings and never posed a serious threat to even the score.
Meanwhile, Gallatin County came to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning and added three insurance runs to take a commanding 6-2 lead.
The Lady Bears end their season with a 16-16 record.
Lady bears finish as district runners-up
Anderson County took advantage of several Spencer County errors and some timely hitting of their own to score nine runs in the top of the seventh inning on their way to a 12-1 victory over the Lady Bears to claim the 30th District Title Wednesday night in Taylorsville.
The matchup seemed destined to be a rematch of the regular season game that the Lady Bears won 1-0. Through three innings, the teams were knotted in a 0-0 pitcher’s duel, although the Lady Bears blew a scoring opportunity in the second inning.
The bottom of the second frame began with back to back singles by Katie McKinney and Tara Sorrels, and both advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Allie Sharp. Rachel Sibert then laid down a bunt but McKinney was caught in a run down and tagged out at home.
Sorrels was then called out as she tried to slide under the tag at third. The play ended the inning and the scoring threat.
In the fourth inning, Anderson County lit up the scoreboard twice on three hits to take a 2-0 lead. They would add a third run in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice to go up 3-0.
The Lady Bears finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning when Samantha Barmore drew a one-out walk and advanced on a bunt by Sydney Boatright. She then scored on a sharply hit double down the left field line by Emily Lykins to cut the lead to 3-1.
Both teams went scoreless in the sixth inning and the Lady Bears were still within striking distance as the seventh inning started. However, a number of hits, errors and miscues quickly loaded the bases for the Lady Bearcats and they went on a nine-run scoring spree to put the game out of reach.