Softball season ends with 5-0 district loss to Henry Co.

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By Kristin Beck

Despite hitting well against Notre Dame Academy of Covington in their final home game, the Lady Panthers season-long struggle at the plate came back to bite them at districts Monday night. The team was unable to notch a hit against Henry County, losing 5-0 at Owen County.

“They are a good team, their defense is good. We just can’t get runs on the board,” Head Coach Duke Boles said. “We’ve got to figure out ways to get runs.”

Boles said his team had a tendency to swing at pitches out of their strike zone, but he hopes to correct that in the off-season.

“…We need to improve on our selectivity, meaning we give away too many pitches,” he said. “We need to make the pitchers work and give us strikes that we can hit.”

While the offense struggled, the defense stepped up and made some plays to keep the score close.

“…They run ruled us earlier in the season. I don’t think they got any worse; I think we got better, and I think if these girls stick together and play the sport… they’re going to be good,” Boles said.

The team finished the season with a 5-19 record and will lose only one player to graduation, senior catcher Brooke Boles.

Coach Boles said Brooke did not want to be a catcher, but when he looked at the roster for the upcoming couple of years, it was the one position the team would not be able to fill. Despite the reluctance, he said she meant a lot to the team and did a great job at the position.

“She was a key member of the team, and now we have other people who are going to have to step up and fill her shoes… and I think we will,” he said. “I think this team is up and coming.”