Lone Oak Girls Win Twice, Lose in State Final
By Don Ellis
OWENSBORO, KY - The Lone Oak Lady Flash won a pair of elimination games Saturday before falling to Louisville Mercy 7-2 in the Championship Game.
The Lady Flash put a pair of runners on base in the top of the first inning but failed to score, and Mercy jumped all over losing pitcher Jenny Chapman in the bottom of the inning. Mercy's first four hitters all reached base, putting the Jaguars ahead 3-0 before Lone Oak could record an out of defense. Chapman prevented any further damage in the inning, but Mercy added another run in the second to go ahead 4-0.
Lone Oak attempted to mount a comback in the top of the sixth, as Sarah Kreuter and Payton Dillon led off the inning with back-to-back doubles, with Kreuter scoring the Lady Flash's first run of the game. A fly out and a ground out scored Dillon, cutting the deficit to 4-2, but pinch hitter Madeline Wooten popped up to end the threat.
The Jaguars put the game away with three unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. The Lady Flash, who committed five errors in the game, were unable to get a rally going in the seventh.
Dillon had two of the Lady Flash's five hits, while Kreuter, Kelsee Henson and Jacqueline Roof also each had a hit. Chapman allowed seven runs, four earned, on 11 hits while striking out four.
The Lady Flash advanced to the title game by scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Boyle County 3-2. Henson led off with a double and scored the winning run when Boyle County third baseman Cullen Byrne made a bad throw after fielding Roof's bunt. Alex Sohl drove in Lone Oak's first two runs with a third inning sacrifice fly and a fifth inning double. Chapman was the winning pitcher, allowing only four hits and one earned run.
Lone Oak started the day's action with a 2-1, eight inning win over Greenwood. With one out, Henson singled and Roof reached on an error. Whitney Asprey then hit a grounder to second, and Henson came all the way around to score when Roof was forced out at second base. Sohl homered in the first inning and finished with two of Lone Oak's five hits. Chapman scattered eight hits to pick up the win.
The Lady Flash finished an outstanding season with a 40-6 record.