The Meade County High School Ladywave Softball team hosted the Breckenridge County Lady Tigers in their first district game of the season on Apr 22. Head Coach Penny Reece told the team prior to the game that this wasn’t the Breck team that they were used to playing, and that they were going to need to play hard if they wanted to come away with the win. Reece decided to go with freshman pitcher Autumn Rodgers rather than her seasoned veteran Mary Morgan, and Rodgers did not disappoint. Rodgers went the distance pitching all seven innings, only allowing five runs on nine hits, and struck out two.
“It’s a big difference going into a district game not having your number one pitcher on the mound, but I thought Autumn did very well to go the distance like she did.” Reece said of her freshman pitcher, “Like I had talked about, she’s a freshman, so she is still growing and learning. Each run they scored was when we had two outs, and she had walks in three of those, so there’s something we’ll need to work on. It’s a mental thing, so she’ll be fine once she can control that part of her game.”
Meade got things started quickly at the plate when sophomore Rylee Webb took the first pitch, she saw deep to right field for a triple. Meade would score on a double by Morgan and then again on a single by sophomore Annabelle Knoop to take a 2-0 lead. Breck came back in the third to grab a one run lead over Meade, but the Ladywaves quickly tied the game in the bottom of the third on an error.
“Our defense played well tonight behind Autumn, and we got some timely hits to stay out in front. It just seems like we’re just starting the season, but we’re already in week four. Our batting could be better,” Reece said of the team’s offense. “Our bottom is starting to produce, but the top of the order seems to get a little weak in the middle of the games. We’ve noticed that they start off good, but seem to notice that about their third time through they aren’t producing those good quality at bats they did the first couple of times.”
Even with Meade’s offense stalling out after the first couple of innings, they still stood in there strong to plate two more runs in the fourth on a homer from Webb. Meade put the game away in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three more on Morgan’s second double of the game, to bring home the win.
“This was a good win for us but there is a lot of facets of the game we are still working on. We really could be 16-0, but we have played some really tough teams that just didn’t go our way. We’ll get there, but I’m proud of the way the girls are playing, we just need to tweak a few things.” Reece said of the district win.