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The defense was a little shaky, but Dee Dee Davis’ big hit got the Lady Rockets a big season-opening road victory, 7-5, at Oldham County on Monday.
Trailing, 5-4, in the top of the sixth, Davis ripped a two-out, two-run home run, scoring Hannah Stucker. The shot just squeaked over the fence, but it was by far the biggest hit for the Lady Rockets and Davis’ first career home run.
Davis also added a single and an RBI double to cap off a big night.
“She came through big time for us,” SCHS Coach Kelly Cable said. “That home run just barely made it, but it didn’t matter, it was huge.”
Haleigh LeCompte, Farren Holland and Courtney Tinsley also had RBIs for the Lady Rockets, and Shauna Gramig was 3-for-4 as they racked up 13 hits.
However, Cable said she expects more than a strong 13 hits and seven runs from this talented group.
“I was relatively pleased with our hitting, but I know we can do even better,” she said. “We hit it pretty well, but that’s how good I think this team can be.”
The Lady Rockets’ problems on Monday stemmed from the defensive side.
“It’s a good start because we got the win, but our defense was horrible,” Cable said. “We can’t have five errors in a game.”
Two SCHS throwing errors led directly to runs in the second and third innings, and in all Shelby County allowed three unearned runs in the game.
“I’m hoping it was just first game jitters,” Cable said. “There were a lot of bad throws. It wasn’t like we were just booting balls, although we had a couple of those, too.”
The game also marked Haleigh LeCompte’s return to the mound for Shelby County. LeCompte has missed nearly a year pitching after suffering a broken wrist in the season’s first weekend last year.
“She was a little nervous, but that’s to be expected,” Cable said. “But she had a really nice game. She didn’t let the defenses problems bother her, instead she just fought through it and battled.”
Despite the Lady Rockets’ defensive woes, Cable noted that they still beat a team on the road that can challenge for the 8th Region crown.
“Oldham County is a nice team with a real good pitcher,” she said. “We did what we need to in that we got the win and got that first game out of the way. They never quit, they battled back and fought through those defensive mistakes.”