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Softball drops two away, rebounds with home win

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By Kristin Beck

After two road losses, the Lady Panthers softball team got back on track with an 11-5 win against Holmes High School at home Saturday.

Carroll traveled to Owen County on Tuesday, April 17 and lost 10-0. The Lady Panthers notched just two hits in the game, a single apiece from Kelsey Ogden and Sarah Hawkins.

The girls started hot on the road at Trimble County on Wednesday, April 18, scoring three runs in the top of the first. But they fizzled out after that, ultimately falling 7-3.

Head coach Dennis Hawkins said his team lost their confidence at the plate against the Lady Rebels, which spilled over into their game the following day against the Lady Raiders. He said he told his team that slumps happen to every team and not to get down on themselves. Since then, Hawkins said they have spent at least half of each practice on hitting.

The team rebounded Saturday with their victory over Holmes Saturday. Michaela Culver started the game on the mound, and Kayley Perry came on in relief and notched the win.

With one out in the first, Kayla Williamson reached first with a walk and Mackenzie Ogden followed with a double. Kelsey Ogden hit a single, and both runners scored on an error by the third baseman.

Both teams scored a run in the second inning. Carroll added two more in the third inning. In the fourth, Mackenzi Hawkins, Kelsey Ogden and Michaela Culver each doubled, helping the Lady Panthers score four more runs, 9-1.

But the Lady Bulldogs would not give up without a fight. They scored two runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh. Carroll answered their run total in the fifth by scoring two of their own. Final score: Carroll 11, Holmes 5.

“I just hope our slump is over-with, and we’re ready to get back in the winning frame of mind,” Hawkins said.