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Come-from-behind victories have been commonplace so far this season for the Collins softball team.
However most of those have come after some sluggish starts by the Titans.
Collins had another of the latter but not the former Monday afternoon, when visiting Anderson County rode a 5-run first inning to a 10-4 victory in a key 30th District game.
“We have got to be ready to play in the first inning,” first-year Collins Coach Suzanne Cates said. “When we don’t, and we fall behind, we can’t do everything we want offensively because we’re always back on our heels getting pushed and pushed.”
After pushing across those five runs in the first the Bearcats (14-2, 2-0) added another in the second before the Titans tallied three in the bottom of that inning. However Anderson County, the defending district champion, added two more runs in the third and fifth innings. Collins (9-12, 0-1) clawed out one run in the bottom of the sixth, but that wasn’t enough.
It was the eighth time this season the Titans have allowed an opponent to reach double digits (they are 2-6 in those games). Through 21 games and through Monday, Collins had scored 133 runs (6.3 per game) – second most in the 8th Region – but had allowed a region-high 191 runs (9.1 per game).
“We can’t score twelve runs night after night,” said Cates, whose team scored double-digit runs in six of its first nine victories (the Titans scored 7, 8 and 9 runs in their other triumphs).
Anderson County amassed nine hits, including four for extra bases, against Collins to remain unbeaten (12-0) against Kentucky competition this season. The Bearcats had two hits in the first inning, when they plated five runs against Collins starter Kylie Truelock, a freshman, and senior Lauren Shepherd.
After Anderson’s second-inning run, Collins sophomores Danaria Lewis and Shelbi Poehlein began the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles. A 1-out single by sophomore Sam Veal scored Lewis, and Lindsey Ketcham’s ground out brought home Poehlein. Shepherd and Janelle Hynes followed with 2-out singles. Hynes’ hit, which fell just over second base, scored Veal to cut Anderson County’s lead in half.
However that was it for the Titans until Hynes’ 2-out RBI double in the sixth.
Hynes, a freshman catcher, led the Titans at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Veal, meanwhile, scored two runs.
“Things just have to start clicking all together,” said Cates, whose team has won three games (Southern, Spencer County, Fern Creek) in its last at-bat. “Some games we’ll have good defense and pitching, but then we can’t hit. Then we’ll turn around and get nineteen hits the next game.
“The thing I like about them [her players] is they don’t give up. But, sooner or later we’ll use up that [late-inning] magic.”
Collins, which hosted Gallatin County on Tuesday night, plays at Shelby County at 5:30 p.m. Friday in a rescheduled game from last Thursday.
Anderson County 10, Collins 4
Anderson County 512 020 0 – 10 9 1
Collins 030 001 0 – 4 9 5
Allyson Moore, Mia Aldridge (2), Moore (4) and Bailey Curry. Kylie Truelock, Lauren Shepherd (1), Truelock (7) and Janelle Hynes. W – Moore. L – Truelock. 2B – Hynes (CHS), Trista Craigmyle (AC), Courtney Hawkins (AC), Corrin Robinson (AC), Curry (AC). Records – Anderson County 14-2, Collins 9-12.