Pride of the Lions

The sense of pride that prevailed in the Garrard County softball camp even amid the Lady Lions’ disappointment surrounding the end of their season was justified. Garrard won one, lost two and, as coach Jeff Meadors said, competed well in all three of its games at the State Softball Tournament.

The Lady Lions’ win over Pleasure Ridge Park distinguished them from the teams that simply showed up in Owensboro, just as a win in the first round of the state basketball tournaments sets those teams apart. Yes, it’s an honor to make it to a state tournament, but it sweetens the accomplishment if you advance once you get there.

And Garrard might get the chance to do that again next year. A good combination of returning starters and young players on the way makes the Lady Lions the early pick as the team to beat in the 12th Region in 2009.

As for the teams that defeated Garrard at the state tournament, Ryle lost its Saturday morning winners’ bracket semifinal to eventual runner-up North Laurel, outlasted Anderson County in 11 innings in its first losers’ bracket game, then lost to Owensboro Catholic in the winners’ bracket semifinal, marking the second straight year its season ended with a loss to O-Cath. Anderson, which eliminated Garrard on Friday evening, defeated Central Hardin on Saturday morning before its’ 2-1 loss to Ryle.

If you missed any of our coverage from Owensboro, you can catch up on our special Web page devoted to Garrard’s big day in Owensboro, which includes Larry Vaught’s game logs, stories on each of the three games and a slideshow. There’s also coverage in today’s Advocate that includes a recap and a Vaught’s Views column.

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