Anderson whips state's No. 4 team to win Capital City Showcase

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By John Herndon

Now, Anderson County can get that state tournament talk out again.

Just 3 days after a performance that left some, including their coaches and perhaps themselves, questioning whether or not they had the mettle to make a serious run at an Eighth Region championship, the Anderson County softball team's answer came through loud and clear Saturday night with a championship of the Capital City Showcase tournament, held at Frankfort's Lakeview Park.

For the championship, Anderson whipped Scott County, the state's fourth-ranked team, 4-0. Scott had won 18 consecutive games heading into the final. Along the way, the Lady Cats also scored convincing wins over Madison Central and Assumption, teams with strong programs.

Anderson also defeated Lone Oak, from far western Kentucky, and Somerset along the way.

"We played outstanding throughout the tournament," said Anderson coach Brian Glass. "We hit the ball great scoring 36 runs in 5 games. Everyone in the line-up hit the ball well during the tournament. Our defense played great and really backed our pitchers up. (Courtney) Turpin pitched amazingly, throwing 4 1/2 games. She knocked off two of the state's best by beating Assumption 3-0 and Scott County."

Turpin won all 5 games for Anderson.

The Lady Bearcats also got a big tournament from Christina Harvey, who became a major weapon with her strong base running.

"Christina Harvey had an outstanding tournament running the bases for us. She produced a lot of runs. I have really been on Christina about the mental part of running the bases- knowing what to do in different situations. She was on top of her game. If she continues to run like she did this weekend we will win a lot of games because of her speed."