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The Shelby County Lady Rockets kicked a three-game losing streak and started the postseason right with a 12-4 win over SpencerCounty in the first round of the 30th District Tournament on Monday at Eminence.
The Lady Rockets (15-13) started a little slow but picked up in a hurry and coasted past SpencerCounty (8-13).
The Bears got on the board first with a two-out RBI single in the top of the first, but Shelby answered by batting through the lineup in the bottom of the second, scoring three runs four hits and two walks. Katie Case had a two-run single, and Shauna Gramig picked a bases-loaded walk.
Spencer tied the score at 3 in the top of third with a two-out, two-run rally.
"That's the best SpencerCounty team I've seen since I've been here, and this is my 17th season," SCHS Coach Kelly Cable said. "But I thought [pitcher]Haleigh [LeCompte] got stronger and stronger as the game went on. Once we got going, I thought we looked pretty good."
The Lady Rockets got it going in the second and never let up.
Case also came up big again in the bottom of the third, getting another two-run single, and Dee Dee Davis followed with a squeeze bunt to add another run and put Shelby ahead, 6-3.
Farren Holland picked up a two-run single in the fourth, and Shelby added another run off an error to take a 9-3 lead. Then, after an empty fifth, the Lady Rocket scored three more in the sixth. Holland and Taylor Shaw had RBIs, and Shaw scored on a passed ball.
The middle of the lineup carried the Lady Rockets as Spencer County's defense often found itself in the right place at the right time, catching some hard-hit balls from the top of the lineup.
Hannah Abbott was 4-4 on the night, and Shaw, Holland and Case each had two hits and combined for eight RBIs.
"The middle of the lineup hit the ball very well," Cable said, "and they have been for a while. I thought we hit the ball hard one through nine, but we just hit the ball right at them a few times. We're capable of hitting the ball hard up and down the lineup, and I think we showed that.
"We're seeing the ball well. We had some trouble finding holes, but I thought we showed how well we can hit. Once we got hot there in the middle, it was contagious."
Anderson County 15, Eminence 0 in three innings
The victory put the Lady Rockets in Tuesday's championship game against Anderson County. The Lady Bearcats (22-6) made short work of host Eminence (3-13), 15-0, in a game shortened by run-differential rule.