Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rachael Gardner Hits Two Run Shot in Senior Night Victory

Rachael Gardner, playing in her final home game as a Tiger, hit a two run shot Tuesday night to lift her team to victory over South Harrison. The Bulldogs, winless in the GRC East, put up a good fight but fell short 6-3. Honored at Tuesday's game were Gardner, Sidney Troutwine, Payton Adwell, Sophia Obermuller, Dominique Findley, Victoria Moore, and manager Aubrey Staton. Gardner's shot, her first varsity home run, was a screamer that easily went over the left field fence and rolled to the base of the long fence, 290 feet away. It put Worth County up 3-0 after Haley Hunt's single had scored Adwell earlier in the first inning.

Worth County added to its lead in the third when Payton Adwell scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0. Maddie Lathrum grounded out to score Katey Wilhelm to make it 4-1, but Worth County got two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Dominique Findley hit a pop fly single that dropped in to lead off Worth County's half of the sixth. She took second on a wild pitch and Merrideth Spiers reached on a pop fly single that dropped in over third. Sophia Obermuller grounded out to third to score Findley and Sidney Troutwine hit a double to the left field wall. She was out trying for three, but not before Spiers had crossed the plate to make it 6-1.

With one out, Ashton Farmer reached on Obermuller's dropped fly in right to spark a rally. Kierra Shelby grounded out but Brooklyn Virtue's single scored Farmer and Kooper Jennings' pop fly dropped in fair behind first to set up runners at second and third. Katey Wilhelm singled and Virtue crossed the plate for South Harrison's third run. But it was a freshman who preserved the game for Worth County as Anna Gladstone threw a strike to home plate to nail Kooper Jennings for the final out. It was the fifth such outfield assist for the Tiger freshman.

With the win, the Tigers matched their win total from last year as they won their 10th game.

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