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Tribe 8-2 entering spring break

Lily Loy drives one of her three hits into the gap Friday, April 1, in the Lady Indians' win over Wayne County.
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Adair County Softball enters spring break on a four-game winning streak and boasting an 8-2 record heading into this Friday’s contest at the Cal Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. 

Win No. 8 on the season came Friday in a dominant 11-1 triumph over Wayne County at home.

“I think we played really well,” says Adair head coach Keith Brown. “We started off a little slow, but our bats started waking up in the later innings, and we put them away like we needed to.”

Sophomore pitcher Ellie Cheatham held Wayne to only three hits and struck out 12 in six innings. She didn’t walk a batter and improved her record on the season to 2-2.

Adair jumped out to a quick lead in the first on a two-run triple from Kaylee Campbell. Seven Lady Indian runs in the last two innings ensured the mercy rule in the sixth.  

Lily Loy led Adair at the plate with three hits, a run, and two RBI. Kayla Shepherd and Lilee Wall each added two hits. The entire Lady Indian lineup contributed, with Campbell, Carli Carter, Jade Waggener, and Emma Ellison all adding a hit and run and (at least one) RBI apiece. 

“The bottom of the lineup is starting to make improvements,” Brown says, “so if we can get all nine of them on the same track, we’ll be good.”

The Lady Indians are set for a doubleheader Friday in Tennessee against Elliott County and Bath County. Saturday’s slate features a game against a team from Manchester, Ohio, and a second tilt against a not-yet-named opponent.

Keith Brown throws up the stop sign on freshman Jade Waggener Friday following a Kayla Shepherd base hit. The Tribe topped Wayne County at home, 11-1.
Ellie Cheatham picked up the complete-game win Friday over Wayne County, piling up 12 strikeouts.
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Wes Feese is one of this company's owners and founders. He has previously worked as an editor, news reporter, sportswriter, photographer, and freelance contributor for newspapers across central Kentucky. He grew up in the Egypt community of Adair County and is a graduate of Adair County High School and Lindsey Wilson College.