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Big swings, no hits

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By John Herndon

One swing was all it took.

One swing to show that Anderson County was not overlooking 30th District rival Eminence last Wednesday.

Actually, one pitch was all that was needed as Courtney Turpin sent Brenna Raisor's first offering of the game over the left field fence for a home run. It was all the offense the Lady Bearcats would need, but they went on to a 13-0 victory and snapped a 3-game losing streak.

Turpin and Lauren Brown, a pair of sophomore right-handers, combined to throw Anderson's second no-hitter in 5 days. Turpin went the first 4 innings, striking out 9 Eminence batters, while Brown pitched a perfect fifth.

The game was called after five due to the "mercy rule."

"We wanted Courtney to throw some innings with the district tournament coming up," Anderson coach Brian Glass said in explaining why Turpin and catcher Tiffany Davenport did not leave the game until the bottom of the fourth when all other starters played an inning-and-a-half.

Anderson erased any doubt about its readiness to play with a 10-run outburst in the first inning. Two batters after Turpin, Miranda Drury followed suit with a 2-run shot. Anderson sent 14 batters to the plate in the first inning and took advantage of a trio of Eminence errors.

Meanwhile, Turpin mowed the Lady Warriors down through 4 innings. She struck out 9 and Eminence had just 3 base runners - a walk and two errors.

Glass said he did not have to remind his team to be focused, despite Eminence's poor record. "I have not had to do that this year," Glass said. "We have been talking a lot about heading into the district tournament and being ready to play every game. The girls did that tonight."