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Lady Bearcats advance in district tourney

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Turpin perfect in shortened game; Morrow drives in four

By John Herndon

Anderson County advanced to the 30th District Tournament championship game and the Eighth Region tournament with a 15-0 win over host Eminence Monday night. The game was called after three innings because of the mercy rule.

The onslaught started early with five runs in the bottom of the first. Anderson took advantage of two Eminence errors and Kritty Morrow delivered the big hit, a two-run double.

Even though the game was at Eminence, Anderson was the home team because of being the top seed.

The Lady Bearcats scored seven more in the second with Morrow again driving in a pair of runs with a double. Ashley Cotton scored on a wild pitch to invoke the 15-run rule.

Anderson pitcher Courtney Turpin threw a perfect three innings, striking out eight.

“We wanted to throw Turpin tonight,” Anderson coach Brian Glass said. We wanted her to get ready for Tuesday night.”

Anderson will play Shelby County, which defeated Spencer County, 12-4, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Anderson has defeated Shelby twice this year, 6-1 and 6-0, but Glass is quick to point out that Shelby is more than capable of pulling the upset. A year ago, Shelby was the No. 1 seed in the tournament, but Anderson won. This year Anderson is the top seed.

Glass also remembers the last time the Lady Cats played Shelby for the district title at Eminence in 2006. In that one, the Lady Bearcats built a 6-2 lead but lost, 7-6, on Heather Axline's walk off home run in extra innings.

He also noted that the Eminence infield was very rough – some loose gravel was visible – and the short distance to the outfield fence, estimated at 175 feet. “You have a short field like this and anything can happen,” Glass said.

For a look at how the Lady Bearcats approached the game with Eminence, see the May 20 edition of The Anderson News.

A report on the championship game and the Bearcat baseball team in the 30th District tourney will be online as soon as possible Tuesday night. For live updates, follow Anderson News Sports Editor John Herndon at Twitter.com/ANewsJPHerndon.