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The SCHS softball team moved to 4-0 with very different victories against Walton-Verona and Garrard County this week.
The girls hammered Walton-Verona, 14-1, in five innings on Wednesday, but on Tuesday they had to work to get by Garrard County, 4-2.
“We executed well two nights in a row,” SCHS Coach Kelly Cable said. “We had to manufacture runs [Tuesday], and we hit the ball very well [Wednesday].”
The Lady Rockets pounded out 11 hits, including two triples, in routing Walton-Verona (1-5).
The girls put up two runs in the bottom of the first. Dee Dee Davis scored on Shauna Gramig’s triple, and Gramig came in on Farren Holland’s single.
Davis continued her torrid streak at the plate, going 1-2 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Davis is hitting nearly .700 (9 of 13).
“She’s our leadoff, and when she steps to the plate, she’s doing the job,” Cable said. “Whether it’s a lead-off hit, a walk or driving in runners in front of her.”
The Lady Rockets added four runs in the second, highlighted by Haleigh LeCompte’s two-run single, and then Shelby erupted for six runs in the fourth.
“We where hitting the ball hard and finding some holes,” Cable said. “I’m pretty pleased with the way we’ve been playing, but I told the girls that we’re not going to be satisfied. After every game, we’re going to find something that we need to work on to get better.
“After this one, I want us to see the ball a little better at the plate and not let so many good pitches go by. We can be more aggressive.”
An area of earlier concern was defense, but Cable said her team has improved game to game.
“Defense has been the main thing we’ve needed to improve on, and we’ve been stressing that,” Cable said. “Each game we’ve gotten better and better and our errors have gone down. We’re not exactly where we need to be, but we’re getting there.”
Cable said LeCompte’s efforts on the mound have helped steady the defense as well. In four innings Wednesday, LeCompte allowed just three hits while striking out two.
“She’s getting more and more confident each game,” Cable said. “And because of that, she’s getting better and better every time she takes the mound.”
Shelby 4, Garrard County 2
The Lady Rockets scored twice in the fifth to take 4-2 lead and then held off visiting Garrard County (3-4) Tuesday.
Katie Case and Davis led off the fifth with singles. Case scored on a throwing error, and Davis came in on Gramig’s double.
LeCompte struck out the side in the sixth and then ended a two-out threat with runners on first and third when she forced a ground out to end the game.
Davis led the way at the plate, going 3-3 with three runs scored.