The Meade County High School Ladywaves softball team spent their spring break on the softball field this year, hosting the Ohio County Lady Tigers on April 6. So far this season, Meade has relied heavily on their pitching from senior Mary Morgan and freshmen Autumn Rodgers to keep runners off the bases, and in this game, it was no different. Morgan started for Meade and, after giving up a leadoff single, she found her zone hitting her spots and painting the corners to strike out the next five batters she faced. Ohio County was not able to get another hit until the top of the third when they ended up getting a pair of singles to the outfield that allowed them to get runners on the base. Ohio County would take a one-run lead after getting a runner across the plate on an error before Meade could get out of the inning.
Meade’s bats came to life in the bottom of the third, which allowed them to tie the game. Meade lead off the inning with junior Hannah English reaching base on an error, but was unable to advance after the courtesy runner for English was picked off trying to steal second. After drawing a walk, Junior Aubrey Hardesty would tie the game up by rounding the bases on a shot over the centerfielder’s head by senior Makayla Bloomfield for the stand-up double. That would be all Meade could do as the next batter popped out to left field.
Morgan came right back in the fourth to strike out the side, but Meade would come back to start the bottom of the fourth with three straight singles from junior Rylee Lancaster, freshmen Karissa Fortwengler, and sophomore Annabelle Knoop. Lancaster and Fortwengler both scored on routine ground balls to give Meade the 3-1 lead. Ohio County would again get a run across the plate in the top of the fifth on another pair of singles and an error, but Meade would halt their advance there.
Rodgers came in for relief in the top of the sixth for Meade and did not allow a run to score but did give up three hits, while striking out three in the last two innings. Meade put the game away in the bottom of the sixth scoring three more runs and shutting down Ohio County in the top of the seventh after they loaded the bases but were not able to advance anyone.