Lady Panthers shut out Eminence, fall to Walton Verona

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By Sharon Graves

The News-Democrat

The Lady Panthers softball team enjoyed a big victory, 12-0 Friday, over Eminence before suffering a heartbreak loss to the Walton Verona Lady Bearcats Saturday in the class A tournament over this past weekend.

The Lady Panthers played Eminence on their field and held them to only one run while the Lady Panthers ran slipshod over the Warriors, tagging them for four runs in the first inning, three in the third, and four in the fourth.

The Warriors scored their lone run in the bottom of the fifth inning avoiding a shutout.

The semi and final games of the class A were held at the Owen County field with the Lady Panthers facing the Lady Bearcats of Walton Verona in the semi-final Saturday shortly after noon.

The Lady Bearcats jumped out in front to a 1-0  lead in the first inning after the Lady Panthers were unable to score leaving one runner on base.

The Lady Panthers came back in the second with two runs on three hits and one Lady Bearcat error, but left three on base.

Lady Panther pitcher Mary Hawkins went to work and did not allow a hit for the next two innings.

At the top of the fifth, the Lady Panthers scored once more, but if wouldn’t be enough.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Walton Verona went ahead 4-3, scoring three on three hits with one Lady Panther error.

The Lady Panthers left two on base in the sixth inning and were three up and three down in the seventh.  

“The disappointing thing is you’re better than that,” head coach Duke Boles told his team following the game.

“We had one bad inning. We need to learn from that game, but that game is over,” Boles said.

The Lady Panthers played Owen County in a makeup game following the final game of the tournament for seeding in the North Central Kentucky Conference tournament.

The Lady Panthers struck first, scoring one run in the second inning, but the Owen County Lady Rebels scored nine in the next four innings, taking the victory 9-4 over the Lady Panthers.

Lady Panther Mary Hawkins pitched the early innings followed by her sister Sarah and Kaylee Perry.  Mary Hawkins pitched complete games earlier in the day and the night before against Walton Verona and Eminence before the makeup game with the Lady Rebels.

The Lady Panthers made five errors and left six runners on base in the loss to Owen County. The loss placed the team third in upcoming NCKC tournament play.