The Meade County High School Ladywave Softball team hosted the Eastern Lady Eagles at Meade Olin on May 10. Senior Mary Morgan led things off in the pitcher’s circle for Meade Co., surrendering only one run on five hits over seven innings, while striking out five. Morgan also put Meade on the board first with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.
“We came out pretty good tonight. Our goal is to score every inning. So, in order to do that, we need runners on base, and we’ve been able to do that,” Morgan said of the teams offense. “We have been working on that all season, and if we can score at least one run an inning, it is going to make it hard for the other teams to beat us.”
Meade added to their score in the second after junior Aubrey Hardesty led off the inning with a single, then scored on sophomore Rylee Webb’s double to centerfield. Eastern would silence the Meade bats until Webb once again smashed a ball over the left fielder’s head for her second double of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Makayla Bloomfield would reach on a bunt, and Eastern elected to walk Morgan to load the bases. Meade put three more runs across the plate with a pair of singles from sophomore Annebelle Knoop and Aubrey Hardesty to go up 6-0.
“We have been working all season to not get flat like we did in a few innings,” Morgan said. “When they intentionally walk someone, we need to make the most of it, make it hurt, and we did that this evening. We just need to work on not going flat in the middle of the games like we have been.”
Eastern would try and put together a two-out rally in the top of the sixth after hitting a pair of singles then a double that pushed a run across the plate but tried to score a second run and was gunned down at the plate on a throw from Rylee Webb in left field that ended the inning. Meade would finish the game by backing up their pitcher in the field, throwing out the final three batters.
After the game, Head Coach Penny Reece told the team that she liked the way they scored on them early to put them on their heels, but when they get the bases loaded, she’d like to run it up a little more. She also said the team needs to work on their bunting, and that she’d like to see them take more pride in their bunting.