Lady Raiders mercy rule Gallatin County after district losses to North, South Oldham teams

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By Jacob Blair

After a 7-1 loss at North Oldham on April 15, followed by a 5-4 loss to South Oldham the next day, the Lady Raiders got the bats going and were able to defeat the Gallatin County Lady Wildcats Wednesday, 14-4 after five innings.

“It took us a little while to get started,” Lady Raiders coach Randy Wilson said. “We had a tough schedule at the beginning of the week. We’ve seen some good pitching from North and South. We was in the game (Tuesday, April 16) and should’ve won the game. Our pitching wasn’t overbearing, we just didn’t hit but we should’ve. We waited six innings to hit.

“Tonight we made some adjustments and the bats started getting going and it made a difference,” he said. “Abby (Ponder) had two home runs.”

Ponder’s second home run was the final hit of the game, ending the contest by mercy rule once the ball flew out of left field.

Wednesday night was full of high notes from base running to pitching, Wilson said.

“We’re trying to work these younger kids in there to get some more time on the mound,” he said. “McKenna (Ritchie) pitched there in JV. She’s done a good job the last two nights. Shelby’s (Wilcoxson) done a good job tonight. She was kind of struggling with her spots, but she hasn’t seen a whole lot of mound time yet and that’s going to come. She’s going to get better as the year goes on.”

The Lady Raiders had 11 hits and 14 runs in 26 at-bats. Wilcoxson had two doubles and Emma Ginn also picked a double. Ponder had four RBIs, Ginn had three, Kaila Lira had two RBIs and Rachael Liter also picked up a run batted in. Gallatin only gave up four bases-on-balls and the Raiders limited the opposing pitcher to two strikeouts.

Wilcoxson was the starting pitcher, giving up four runs on six hits, but pulled off four strikeouts against the Lady Wildcats. Ponder pitched the final three innings, with no runs, no hits, no bases-on-balls. She also had three strikeouts for a total of seven for the Lady Raiders.

The Lady Raiders were back in action Monday night against Eminence, falling 2-1 against the Warriors. The team will be on the road tonight against Williamstown and has an away stretch with games against Bardstown and Henry County, before returning to the confines of Lady Raider Field to take on rival Carroll County at 5:30 p.m. May 2.

Wilson said the key things to focus on as the season begins drawing to a close are continuing to learn and working hard.

“(The) girls work hard in practice, that’s all I can ask,” said Wilson. “Just continue to work hard and make yourselves better every day.”