Carroll defeats Shelby County

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By Kristin Beck

The Lady Panthers picked up their third victory of the season Friday with a 5-3 win over the visiting Shelby County Lady Rockets. Kayley Perry threw a complete game, allowing five hits, two walks and striking out two batters.

Tied 1-1 in the fourth inning, Carroll (3-9) broke the game open, scoring three runs for a 4-1 lead. Hannah McEndre started the inning off, reaching base on an error and advancing to second on a wild pitch. Brittany Yocum and Perry both laid down sacrifice bunts to score McEndre. Mackenzi Hawkins reached on an error, and Haley Damron was hit by a pitch. Kelsey Ogden hit an RBI single to score Hawkins, and Damron scored on a passed ball.

Shelby (3-9) scored a run in the fifth to close the gap, but Carroll pushed right back in the sixth. Hawkins hit a double, advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt from Jasmine Beach and scored on a passed ball. The Lady Rockets scored one more run, but it was not enough to overcome the earlier deficit.

“They played outstanding defensively,” Carroll head coach Ken Blair said of his team in a telephone interview Friday. He noted that the infield turned two double plays, including a 5-4-3 double play. In this scenario, the third baseman fields a grounder, throws to the second baseman for the out, who then throws to the first baseman for the second out. Blair said the umpire told him it was the first time he had ever seen that play executed in 30 years of umpiring.

The Lady Panthers notched a total of six hits. Mackenzie Ogden hit an RBI single and a double; Hawkins hit a double; and Kelsey Ogden, Damron and McEndre all singled.

Blair said he wanted to thank parent-volunteer coach Paul Ogden for all of his help with the team. “He has really helped with our hitting a lot,” Blair said. “He has really helped our team.”