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Softball drops home loss to Owen County, 7-6
The Lady Panthers lost a 7-6 heartbreaker to the Lady Rebels of Owen County at home Thursday night. With a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh inning with two outs and runners on second and third, a ball was hit to pitcher Kayley Perry at the mound, but an overthrow at first base allowed both runners to score.
Carroll County had one last shot in the bottom of the seventh, with runners on second and third. Kelsey Ogden got a piece of the ball, but unfortunately the line drive went straight to the Owen County pitcher.
“We had the game-winner in ours hands,” head coach Ken Blair said.
However, he also acknowledged that the game was not lost only on those last plays. Walks and errors were issues for the Lady Panthers. However, he noted the team played better both offensively and defensively than in their previous game. “We killed the ball,” he said. “We hit the ball very well.”
Blair also complimented Perry’s job on the mound. “She pitched good enough to win,” he said. He also assumed some of the blame for the loss on his inexperience as third base coach.
Track and field meet
at Western Hills
The Panthers traveled to Western Hills High School Friday to take on some of the best competition in the state.
The team was without several key members of the girls team, and senior MaryEsther Fremin suffered an injury during long jump that ended her night early, causing Carroll to pull out of the sprint relays.
As a result, the girls team suffered one of their lowest team finishes of the season with only Fremin’s 4th place finish in long jump and Andie Hardesty’s 5th place in high jump earning points for the team.
The boys’ team had a strong showing and came out of the meet in 7th place among the 15 teams. All of the teams that finished ahead of the Panthers were either 2A or 3A (except Lexington Catholic).
“We had great performances from our leaders, including Tyler Grant, Evan Mefford, Brody Newby and Dylan Jack,” head coach Joe Creager said. Creager said the 4x100 and 4x200 teams did “exceptionally well,” with both teams earning points with top five finishes. Members of both relay teams are Grant, Brody Newby, Ben Schirmer and Ben Newby.
Track and field travels to Bracken County
Carroll track and field competed in the first Bracken County Invitational Saturday. The team was without key members, but head coach Joe Creager said the team had outstanding performances from the athletes in attendance, especially Tyler Grant and Nora Fremin who both earned Outstanding Athlete of the Meet. Grant earned 40 individual points and Fremin earned 38 individual points.
As a team, Carroll fell short because they were not able to compete in any of the relays. The boys finished third overall, and the girls finished fourth overall, both out of six teams.
The girls were led by Fremin who earned 1st place finishes in the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and long jump and 2nd place in the 300-meter hurdles. Kirsten Arvin took 3rd in the 800 and 4th in the 400. Lauren Holloway finished 4th in the 300 hurdles and high jump. Andie Hardesty finished 6th in the 400 and 5th in the high jump. Valentina Osorio finished 3rd in the 3200. Destiny Tingle finished 3rd in triple jump. Vanessa Arteaga finished 4th in the 3200.
Grant led the boys’ team, taking 1st in 110 hurdles, 200, long jump and triple jump. Ben Schirmer finished 5th in the 100 and 200-meter dash. Devin Gray finished 6th in the 1600-meter run. Evan Mefford placed 1st in 400 and 1st in 300 meter hurdles. Cody Osborne finished 5th in the 300 hurdles. Austin Blankenship came in 6th in 3200. Kenny Crawford finished 5th in the shot put. Dylan Jack came in 2nd in high jump and 4th in triple jump.