Spencer puts damper on Lady Cat party

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Upset throws district race into 3-way tie; Turpin's walkoff home run beats Western Hills.

By John Herndon

Unheralded Spencer County pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the high school softball season Thursday night when the Lady Bears shut down Anderson County 1-0. It was an unexpected finish to an unusual double-header.

Anderson had defeated 16th-ranked Western Hills, 3-2, in the opener when Courtney Turpin drilled a two-out, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

But two hours later, that was just a memory as Spencer defeated the Lady Bearcats for the first time in Anderson coach Brian Glass' 10-year career.

“I want to give all the credit to Spencer County,” Glass said. “They played great. That is about all you can say.”

Spencer left-hander Lee Ellen Thomas, a seventh-grader, shut down the Lady Bearcats on just three hits and the Lady Bears made the plays behind her, including an acrobatic catch by second baseman Sydney Spencer that robbed Anderson's Hannah Searcy of a hit that would have surely driven home the tying run in the sixth.

Turpin, who pitched two complete games Thursday, limited Spencer County to four hits but the Lady Bears took advantage of an Anderson error and a wild pitch to score the game's only run in the top of the sixth.

Spencer County coach Amanda Stewart said it was the biggest win for her program since she began coaching three years ago.

Spencer's victory threw a wrench into the 30th District race as Anderson, Shelby County and Spencer all have 2-1 records and will have to go to a tie-breaker to determine the district tournamen seeding. Full details will appear in the May 12 Anderson News.

In the first game, Turpin ended things with a fly ball that just made it over the fence in left field. Anderson had scored twice in the first on Karrah Bottoms' single and athrowing error, but Western Hills tied things in the fourth  by stringing together three straight hits.

Turpin struck out 12 and scattered six hits in the opener.

For a complete report, see the May 12 edition of The Anderson News.