Carroll strings together hits to shutout Lady Raiders, 6-0

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By Kristin Beck

After a big 8-3 victory over South Oldham the night before, the Trimble County Lady Raiders had high hopes traveling to Lady Panther Field Tuesday night. The home team was coming off a tough 4-3 loss to Henry County, and the visitors were hoping to avenge a 12-0 loss to their border rival earlier in the season.


Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, the Lady Panthers had other plans, ending Trimble’s three-game winning streak with a 6-0 win.

“It was, all-around, just a good, solid, fundamental game,” Carroll head coach Dennis Hawkins said. “I’m happy to be back on the winning side of it. Trimble County’s just about a year away from being there. They’re a good team; they’re sound. They’re solid all the way.”

Trimble almost matched Carroll in hits – eight versus six – but were not able to string them together.

“I can’t be disappointed,” Trimble head coach Tonya Black said. “We just couldn’t get them together … We had runners on in every inning pretty much, but I’m not disappointed in how we played. They beat us 12-0 last time so 6-0’s not a bad ballgame. Carroll County’s a good squad. They hit the ball hard. I don’t think we played bad, I just don’t think we could get our hits together.”

Carroll’s Sarah Hawkins struck out one batter with no walks, while Trimble’s Tabitha Gosman walked three and also struck out one.

Coach Hawkins praised all of his players’ performances, in particular pitcher Sarah Hawkins, catcher Mackenzi Hawkins and shortstop Jenah Roberts, who is filling in for injured starter Mackenzie Ogden. Hawkins said Roberts had a couple miscues, but also made some good plays. The coaching staff moved Roberts up in the batting lineup to give her some confidence, and she has responded by putting the ball in play and running the bases well.

The Lady Panthers scored their first run in the bottom of the first. Haley Dermon and Jenah Roberts drew walks before Michaela Culver hit a two-out single to centerfield, 1-0.

Both teams put just one runner on base in the second inning. In the top of the third, Trimble’s Kate Staples singled up the middle with one out, but was left stranded.

Carroll added to their lead in the bottom half, as Dermon led off with a single to center field. Roberts grounded out to second, but advanced Dermon to second. Kelsey Ogden hit an RBI double to left field, and Culver followed with an RBI single to center, 3-0. But Lady Raiders shortstop Paige Black mowed up two grounders to get her team out of the inning.

In the top of the fourth, Michaela Roberts hit a two-out single up the middle, but the Lady Raiders could not mount a rally. Carroll’s Brittany Yocum led off the bottom half with a walk. Houston Lindsey grounded out to first, advancing Yocum into scoring position. Kayla Williamson tripled to right field, 4-0. Dermon followed with a blooper over first base, enough to score her teammate, 5-0. Trimble forced a pop up and a flyout to left field to end the inning.

The Lady Raiders finally got their bats rolling in the top of the fifth. Kayla Baker singled past Roberts at shortstop, and McKenna Ginn hit a grounder to third. Both runners were safe on a fielder’s choice play. Unfortunately for the visitors, they were not able to capitalize on the early hits. Two groundouts to pitcher Sarah Hawkins and a groundout to Roberts ended the rally.

“That’s been our downfall a lot,” Black said. “I say that, but not really because we have won our last four games and we have been hitting the ball well against all kinds of pitchers. I’ve been pleased and I was pretty confident coming over here tonight. We were down 3-0 for a while and it was a good game, and it seemed like they got a few smacks in there, a couple in a row there and hurt us.”

Culver led off the bottom of the fifth with a slow grounder to third and was able to beat out the throw. Mackenzi Hawkins reached on an error, and Yocum hit an RBI double to center for the Lady Panthers’ final run of the game.

Both teams went down 1-2-3 in the sixth. In Trimble’s final chance for a comeback, Ginn hit a two-out single to left and Staples reached on an error, but both were left stranded.

Hawkins said everyone stepped up and hit the ball at the right time. “We played a little more determined tonight,” he said. “We didn’t give up, and I think we’re maturing.”

Black said she told her team to stay focused on the rest of the season, noting that the team has seven games left before districts. “We have to stay really focused on our job, which is getting to the plate and winning games. They’re pretty confident; they’re not upset. I think they get aggravated. I have five kids probably that have faced Sarah for many years, and they get aggravated and they’re like, ‘Why can’t I hit her?’ She’s a good pitcher, not taking that away from her. We can hit her, as you saw, but it happens.”