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Down 7-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Lady Panthers strung together a six-hit inning, including three doubles, to score seven runs in the inning.
Sarah Hawkins, who struggled early on the mound, hit the game-winning single to score Mackenzie Ogden and give Carroll an 8-7 victory.
“It just goes to show she’s a competitor,” head coach Dennis Hawkins said.
The match-up was originally slated for Tuesday, but a rainy afternoon pushed it back to Wednesday.
The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first, but Kelsey Ogden tied things up with a lead-off solo homerun in the top of the second.
Sarah Hawkins’ struggles began in the third inning, giving up four doubles and three runs. Gallatin scored three more runs in the top of the fifth, putting Carroll in a huge hole. Kayley Perry came in for relief on the mound to close out the inning and ultimately finished the game.
The bottom of the sixth was the major turn-around for the Lady Panthers. Mackenzi Hawkins hit a lead-off double. Kayla Williamson reached on an error. Mackenzie Ogden doubled, scoring two runs, 3-7. Kelsey Ogden and Michaela Culver followed with singles, with Culver’s scoring another run. Sarah Hawkins got on base because of a fielder’s choice. With one out, Hannah McEndre hit a two-RBI-single, 6-7. Mackenzi Hawkins gave the Lady Panthers the lead with her second double of the inning, 8-7.
Gallatin rebounded in the top of the seventh, knotting the game at eight apiece.
But Carroll’s bats were not done. Mackenzie Ogden was hit by a pitch, and Culver singled, moving Ogden on the bases. Sarah Hawkins stepped up to the plate and collected her only hit of the game, the one that mattered most.
Coach Hawkins said the hitting was “contagious” toward the end of the game. “Everybody felt like they had a chance to win, and we did,” Hawkins said.
Carroll falls 6-5 away at Grant County Friday
The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning-lead, but were unable to hold on for the long haul, losing 6-5 on the road to the Grant County Lady Braves on May 4.
Leadoff Mackenzi Hawkins reached on an interference call, and Kayla Williamson singled. Mackenzie Ogden hit a two-RBI-double to bring them both around. Kelsey Ogden walked, and both Ogdens moved up a base on a passed ball. Michaela Culver grounded out, but it was enough to score Mackenzie from third. Kelsey Ogden scored on another passed ball, giving the visitors their 4-0 cushion.
The Lady Braves chipped away at the lead, scoring one run in the second and two in the third, while the Lady Panthers’ bats went cold. The visitors went down in order in the second, third and fourth innings.
In the top of the fifth, Carroll managed to get some base runners after a walk by Brittany Yocum and a single by Williamson, but they were left stranded. Grant added another run in the bottom of the fifth off of two doubles to tie the game.
In the top of the sixth, Culver hit a leadoff double, and Sarah Hawkins moved her to third on a sac bunt. Kayley Perry followed with a walk. She was caught trying to steal second base, but it allowed Culver to score, giving the lead back to the Lady Panthers.
Unfortunately, Carroll’s defense let them down in the end. The leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She advanced to third on a hit and scored on an error, tying the game. With a runner on base, Grant County hit an RBI single to win the game, 6-5.
Carroll falls down the stretch
The Lady Panthers (15-15) held a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, but could not pull out a win. The girls lost on the road to North Oldham, 7-6, Monday.
The Lady Mustangs (14-13) led of the bottom of the seventh with a walk and a single. With runners on second and third, a single scored both runners to seal the win for North Oldham.
After two seventh-inning-losses in a row, head coach Dennis Hawkins said his team is still learning how to hang on to a lead. While his ball club is very talented, they are still very young and tend to play better from behind. However, Hawkins said the team is still playing well and “we’re in every game.”
Mackenzie Ogden finished the game with two doubles, a single and two RBIs, and Brittany Yocum had three singles. Kayla Williamson hit a single and a double. Michaela Culver hit a two-RBI single in the top of the first to give Carroll it’s first runs of the game. Kayley Perry also singled.