Garrard makes a softball statement

Winning the championship of the Boyle County Invitational this weekend establishes the Lady Lions as the team to beat locally during this softball season. With two good pitchers and a talented, if young, lineup, this is a team that figures to rack up plenty of wins again this season and might become one of the top three or four teams in the 12th Region by season’s end.

There are only two seniors on the team — Kara McCane and Jamie Speake — so there’s every reason to believe Garrard is going to be an increasingly tougher team to beat over the next several years. And the impressive fashion in which they won their three games in Saturday’s championship bracket — all by one run — indicates a toughness they might not have realized they had.

It would be good to see Garrard or any other local team break the stranglehold that teams to our south have on the 12th Region championship. Area teams have traditionally hit the glass ceiling in the regional semifinals, but softball continues to improve throughout this area, and the region becomes a little more balanced every year.

The other big news from the BCI was the fact that the tournament was played over two dry days, a rare occurence for a tournament that has been plagued by rain in almost every year of its existence. Only the smallest of sprinkles fell on Friday night, not even enough to interrupt play, and Saturday’s games were played in ideal conditions.

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