Pulaski County (2-1) took an early lead against the Russell County Lady Lakers on Thursday, March 24, one it never relinquished, as Russell County fell by a score of 9-1 to drop its record to a 4-2 on the season.
The Lady Maroons took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, and after no runs by either team in the bottom of the first or top of the second, senior Tarryn Reynolds started the bottom of the second off with a double. Freshman Jaylee Roy came in for Reynolds to courtesy run. A sacrifice bunt by junior Mady Hatchett moved Roy to third base, and another sacrifice bunt by senior Caroline Wells scored Roy after the freshman patiently waited for the defense’s throw to sprint for home.
Russell County kept the deficit within striking distance until the top of the fourth, when a grand slam gave Pulaski a 6-1 lead and some breathing room.
Pulaski scored a run an inning over the next three to set the final score at 9-1.
Reynolds pitched all seven innings in the pitcher’s circle, giving up 10 hits, nine runs (four earned) and striking out four batters.
Reynolds, senior Sophie Shearer, and junior Emma Popplewell, each collected one hit to lead the Lady Lakers. Reynolds, Wells, and senior Payton Kinnett each drew a walk as well.
Russell County takes down Casey County, 14-6
On Tuesday, March 22, the Russell County Lady Lakers defeated Casey County by a score of 14-6.
Russell controlled the game early on, leading 5-2 after three innings, but Casey County’s offense surged in the fourth, sending four across the plate to take a 6-5 lead.
The Lady Lakers never panicked. The home team quickly regained control, scoring three in the bottom half of the inning to take the 8-6 lead.
Just for good measure, Russell added six more in the bottom of the sixth to take the 14-6 lead, which would end up being the final score.
The victory was on par with Russell County’s other wins on the season. The Lady Lakers have been tied or trailed in the fourth inning or later in each of their four wins so far in 2022.
Eight Lady Lakers recorded hits in this one, and five recorded multi-hit games: Seniors Sophie Shearer and Tarryn Reynolds, juniors Emma Popplewell and Jadyn Mann, and sophomore Addie Davis. Reynolds led the team in hits, going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and tied Popplewell and Mann with a team-high three RBI.
Reynolds went seven innings in the pitcher’s circle as well, striking out three batters and allowing seven hits and six runs (four earned).