Adair County Softball rebounded from Friday night’s loss at Russell County with a pair of impressive wins this week, No. 5 and 6 on the season.
The Lady Indians followed a home shutout over Warren Central Monday with a high-scoring road victory at Glasgow Tuesday.
“We’re hitting the ball now, hitting it really good,” said Adair head coach Keith Brown after Tuesday’s win. “The defense has been about the same, so the only difference is that we’re hitting the ball better and just all-around playing a lot better ball.”
Lady Indians 13 Warren Central 0
The Tribe didn’t need much more than a pitcher and catcher to take the victory in this one.
Hallie Burton earned the complete game shutout win, giving up four hits and striking out nine while surrendering only two walks. Burton’s batterymate, catcher Kaylee Campbell, went 3-3 at the plate with a double, a triple, and five RBI.
In addition to Campbell’s banner day, Hannah West and Emma Ellison each registered two hits in the contest.
Adair scored in all four innings it batted, sending home three in both the first and the second inning. Skye Brockman’s solo homer tacked on run No. 7 in the third, and a six-run fourth was enough to bring the mercy rule into play.
“It was good to see the bats kind of break out,” Brown said. “Hallie did a good job [in the circle], and we were able to give her some good run support.”
Lady Indians 15 Glasgow 11
Glasgow put up a stronger fight than Warren Central the previous evening, but the result was the same Tuesday, with Adair earning another win and improving its season record to 6-2.
Adair led 11-2 through four innings, but a resilient Lady Scottie squad sent nine across the plate in the final three innings to make the final margin closer than it might should have been.
West went 4-4 with three RBI and Kayla Shepherd finished 3-5 with three runs to lead a strong offensive charge for Adair.
“It’s the mental approach,” Brown said of his team’s seemingly-rapid improvement at the plate. “They’re starting to swing at good pitches now. Early in the season we were swinging at some really bad pitches, but now we’re swinging at good pitches and they’re driving the ball really well.”
Sophomore pitcher Ellie Cheatham earned the win, going all seven innings while giving up 13 hits, seven earned runs, two walks, and striking out eight Glasgow batters.
The Lady Indians have two games left on the schedule for this week, a Thursday matchup at Nelson County and a home game Friday versus Wayne County, and Brown’s goal for his team is simple: “We want to go 4-0 — undefeated for the week,” the head coach says.