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A lot of work and a little play added up to Anderson County’s best day of the softball season on Saturday.
Unlike recent years, the Lady Bearcats did not spend their spring break on the beaches at Gulf Shores, Ala. Instead they stayed home flipping tires and pushing sleds in an all-out conditioning effort. The prize on Saturday, however, was wins over Eastern and Daviess County in a three-way double-header at Eastern.
Like Anderson, both Eastern and Daviess County are receiving votes to be placed in Kentucky’s Top 25.
“We got a lot of work done over spring break,” said Anderson coach Brian Glass. “We practiced hard and covered many things that we needed to work on.”
The Lady Bearcats, who had been inconsistent in the early going, saw what they can be with a pair of solid wins on Saturday.
In a 6-3 win over Eastern, the host school of the double-header, freshman Molly Burkhead played a key role, using her speed to create two runs, then getting two more home when Eastern misplayed a ball she put in play.
Burkhead beat out an infield hit, stole second and then came home on Kelsey New’s single for Anderson’s first run. Burkhead struck again two innings later. She walked and stole second base before coming home on New’s sacrifice fly.
Anderson took advantage of an Eastern error to score two more in the fourth, but Anderson put things away with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth and single runs in the fifth and sixth.
New, a sophomore, gave up one earned run and four hits on for the win. New also drove in three runs at the plate against Eastern.
In the second game, New had another big day, going 3-for-4 and driving in two runs in a 7-4 win over Daviess County but the sophomore was not as sharp as earlier in the day. New gave up four earned runs on nine hits.
“She struggled, but the defense did a good job helping her out,” Glass said.
The Anderson offense was on target with Corrin Robinson, Anna Marie Hyatt, Hannah Searcy and Bailey Curry all had two hits. Robinson, Searcy and Curry all drove in a pair or runs.
A six-run sixth gave the Lady Bearcats all of the offensive power they would need.
Earlier scheduled games with East Jessamine were canceled.
Glass said despite the work, the Lady Bearcats had fun during spring break.
“Thursday, we played a game the girls enjoy and coach (Shawn) Black and I came out of retirement and participated with the girls. I had the girls come in on Friday and we watched a movie instead of practicing.
“I was very pleased with the girls’ effort.”
Lady Bearcats in Capitol City Classic
Anderson will be one of 20 teams in the Capitol City Classic, to be hosted by Franklin County on Friday and Saturday. The games will be played at Sally Gaines Field at Franklin County High School and at Lakeview Park, adjacent to the school.
“We are still beat up,” Glass said, referring to a rash of injuries that hit his team. “I am not sure what to expect.”
Glass did say that sophomore pitcher Mackenzie Peavler is doing better after suffering an injury the first week of the season. “She may be OK to pitch some this weekend,” he said.