Garrard exits state softball tourney
Garrard County concluded its best postseason run yet today at the State Softball Tournament with its second loss in as many days to Allen County-Scottsville.
The Lady Lions left the double-elimination tournament with a 3-2 record after an 11-2 loss to Allen, which also beat them 5-4 in their opening game Friday. They were among the last six teams left standing from the original 16-team field.
Garrard finished with a 28-15 record, which isn’t as good as last year’s 34-9 mark, but this year’s won two more games in the state tourney than the 2008 team.
The Lady Lions’ last win was an 11-3 trouncing of Pleasure Ridge Park in which the y broke a 3-all tie with a four-run fifth inning, then scored three more in the sixth to put the game away.
They reached double figures in runs and hits for the second time in the tournament, and the 11-hit attack included a home run by Brandy Pingleton, her second of the tourney.
The Lady Lions then faced Allen for the second time, and it didn’t go as well as the first. They held (and lost) a 4-0 lead in Friday’s game, but this time they fell behind 4-0 after two innings. Garrard cut the margin in half in the third inning, but Allen scored two runs in the bottom of that inning to lead 6-2, and that lead was never threatened.
Garrard had committed only one error in its first four tournament games but had four in this game, and Allen banged out 11 hits. It was Garrard’s third loss to Allen this season, including a 7-1 defeat in a regular-season tournament at North Laurel.