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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Lady Bearcats take Woodford softball tournament

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Anderson defeats Harrison in final

By John Herndon

The Anderson County softball team got just what it needed after a district loss to Spencer County. The Lady Bearcats rolled through the Woodford County Invitational Tournament, defeating Harrison County, 7-4, in the final. The Lady Bearcat bats were smoking for most of the tournament, scoring 24 runs in the last three games.

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Courtney Turpin batted .500 for the five-game tournament while Lauren Brown hit .421, Corrin Robinson blistered the ball at a .400 clip and Jessie Crouch turned in a .375 performance. Crouch's three hits were doubles. “She hit the ball well,” Anderson coach Brian Glass said.

Kelsey New hit .333 with two doubles in the tournament.

Anderson finished the tournament at 16-10.

Anderson Co. 1, Nelson Co. 0

Brooke Collins drove in Karrah Bottoms with the game's only run as Anderson County defeated Nelson County in tournament pool play.

Anderson distributed five hits through as many players in picking up the win over the perennial Fifth Region force.

Pitcher Courtney Turpin was outstanding in the circle, giving the Cardinals just two hits.

Harrison Co. 4, Anderson Co. 2

Anderson wasted a big game from Lauren Brown, who had three hits as Harrison County upset the Lady Bearcats 4-2 in pool play.

Brown led the Anderson attack but it was freshman Jessie Crouch who delivered the big hit, a two run double, scoring Bottoms and Molly Burkhead.

Turpin scattered nine hits but gave up four unearned runs in the game.

Anderson Co. 7, Woodford Co. 4

The Lady Bearcats got back on the right track with a convincing win over the host team on Saturday. Turpin and Corrin Robinson both went 2-for-3 at the plate while Kelsey New went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Crouch also smacked a double as Anderson pounded Yellow Jacket pitching for 12 hits.

Turpin got the win, giving up five hits and striking out six.

Anderson Co. 11, Owen Co. 1

Several Lady Bearcats had big days at the plate as Anderson routed its Eighth Region rival.

Turpin went 3-for-3 and scored four runs. She also had a double. Brown and Robinson both had two hits while Hannah Searcy drove in three runs and Brown and Crouch both plated two.

Brown took to the pitching circle, picking up the win. She gave up seven hits and walked two Rebels.

Anderson Co. 7, Harrison Co. 4

The Lady Bearcats got sweet revenge with a 7-4 win over the Fillies in the championship game. Seven different Lady Bearcats delivered base hits, with Crouch, Bottoms and Robinson all smacking doubles.

Turpin went back to the mound and scattered 10 hits but pitched well enough to get the win. She struck out seven.

Harrison, with the best record in the 10th Region, dropped to 23-4.

New, Collins hurt

Anderson got a couple of scares in the tournament as freshman third baseman Kelsey New took a blow to the back of her head during a rundown in the Owen County game. Senior second baseman Brooke Collins also hurt a hand in the championship game against Harrison County.

“With Kelsey the catcher was running her down between third and home and Kelsey went to dive back in,” Glass said. “The catcher tripped over Kelsey not knowing when she was going to dive back and either her elbow or knee hit her in the back of the neck knocking her helmet off.”

New was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center as a precaution but X-rays were negative.

“She is doing much better. Sore but recovering nicely,” New's mother, Kim, said in an e-mail on Monday. “Nothing was broken, nothing was torn and no concussion. We had her transported to UK. She pitched in the bull-pen today but didn't practice.”

Collins hurt her hand sliding into second. Glass did not know of her status at press time.