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Two months ago, the Spencer County Lady Bears shocked the 30th region with an upset win over Shelby County in the basketball tournament. For three innings Monday night, it looked like Spencer County might repeat that effort on the softball diamond, but in the end it wasn’t meant to be, and the girls saw their season come to an end with a 12-4 loss at the hands of the Lady Rockets.
The Lady Bears got off to a good start in the top of the first inning when Whitney Lyons led off with a single then advanced when Emily Lykins laid down a nice sacrifice bunt. Lyons moved over to third on an infield sacrifice by Kara Ball then scored when Kenisha Marshall blooped a single to shallow right field.
Kirstin Manning took to the mound for Spencer County and got the first two batters out on fly balls to the outfield, surrendered a walk, but then struck out the clean-up hitter to preserve the early 1-0 lead.
However, in the bottom of the second inning, the first two batters reached on hits before Manning retired the third batter on an infield pop-up. But with two runners on, the next hitter smashed a hit to left field that scored both runners to give Shelby a 2-1 lead. Manning surrendered another hit and a walk to load the bases, and then the Lady Rockets got another run when the next batter took four balls for a walk. Manning was able to get out of the inning by striking out the next hitter she faced.
Down 3-1, the Lady Bears refused to surrender, and mounted a third inning rally that began when Ball smashed a two-out double to center field. Marshall then hit a shot down the left field line that would have scored Ball, however, the ball struck the umpire in the foot, keeping it in the infield and forcing Ball to hold up at third. Kayla Barmore then stepped to the place and delivered in the clutch, lining a double to centerfield that scored both runners and knotting the score at 3-3.
In the bottom of the third however, Shelby County plated three more runs to take a 6-3 lead.
The Lady Bears couldn’t mount a threat in the top of the fourth, but Shelby County again struck for three more runs in the bottom half of the inning to claim a commanding 9-3 lead.
Tara Sorrells, pitching in relief, managed to pitch a shut-out fifth inning for the Lady Bears, but Spencer County continued to struggle at the plate and was unable to gain any ground.
In the bottom of the sixth, Shelby County collected three more insurance runs to take a 12-3 lead heading into the final inning. In the top of the 7th, Spencer County was able to collect a final run to account for the final 12-4 margin.
The girls ended the season with a 8-13 mark that included three wins last week. They started the week with a 4-2 victory over Atherton in Louisville last Monday, and took two in a double-header against Bardstown on the road on Tuesday. However, on Wednesday the girls were swept in a twin bill at home, losing 6-4 and 8-4 to Jeffersontown, before ending the season Monday night at the district tournament in Eminence.