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Wily pitching, Wiley hitting spark Rockets

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DeSilvey stops South Oldham with catcher's bat

By Josh Cook

After close calls in its first two games the Shelby County softball team celebrated its first victory of the season last Thursday.

The Rockets relied on a 10-hit attack, and a solid start on the mound from senior Danielle DeSilvey, to beat the Dragons, 5-3, at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.

Shelby County (1-2 after the victory) lost to South Oldham last season, 13-3, when the Rockets went 5-19. This time around SCHS scored all the runs DeSilvey would need in a 4-run third inning.

“We’ve improved a lot,” DeSilvey said. “Even from our first two games we improved a lot mentally and physically.”

DeSilvey, who had signed with Midway College two days earlier, yielded eight hits (including seven singles) and two walks while striking out two and allowing three earned runs.

“It feels really, really good [to win], but I’m not satisfied,” she said.

DeSilvey threw a steady diet of changeups for strikes against the Dragons (2-3 after the loss). 

“My goal is to get ahead in the count,” she said.

She also got plenty of help from her catcher. Freshman Kara Wiley went 3-for-3 with two RBIs at the plate, and didn’t allow a passed ball behind it.

“Kara Wiley, she was driving the ball; she killed the ball,” DeSilvey said.

After South had taken the lead with two runs in the top of the second, Wiley had the big hit in Shelby’s big inning.

The Rockets’ rally began with two outs when senior leadoff hitter Hayley Powell singled and stole second before Sydney Wright walked. Senior shortstop Brittany Kendall followed with a single to score Powell before Wiley hit a 2-RBI double.

Then Kelsey Shepherd, Wiley’s courtesy runner, scored on Keaton Jesse’s at-bat to make it 4-2.  
Shelby added some insurance for DeSilvey in the sixth thanks to four straight singles to start the bottom half of the inning. Wiley led off with one, then Jesse and DeSilvey followed with base hits of their own, before junior Ariana Jones’s single drove in Shepherd again to make it 5-2.

South scored once in the top of the seventh and threatened to add more, but with two runners on and one out DeSilvey induced the final two Dragons to ground out and fly out.

“We did really, really well,” DeSilvey said. “Our defense did well, I’m pleased. I want to continue this.” 

Shelby County 5, South Oldham 3
S. Oldham   020 000 1 – 3 8 1
SCHS        014 001 X – 5 10 2

Danielle Hempel and Ashleigh Howard. Danielle DeSilvey and Kara Wiley. W – DeSilvey (1-2). L – Hempel. 2B – Wiley (SCHS), Kadiesha Streble (SOHS). Records – South Oldham 2-3 at that point, Shelby County 1-2.