Photo by John Herndon
Anderson County catcher Bailey Curry takes the Eighth Region championship trophy from Simon Kenton athletic director Jeff Marksberry as her teammates celebrate. Anderson players are, from left, Courtney Gale Hawkins, Curry, Alissa Vest, Autumn Beasley, Sammy Rogers and Katelyn Harrod.

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. – There were not many nails left to bite on when Autumn Beasley stepped to the plate last Thursday.

Trailing 1-0 with two out, but two on in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Eighth Region championship game, fifth-ranked Anderson County needed a break in the worst way to overcome upset-minded Collins.

Beasley, hitting in the nine spot in the Lady Bearcat order, provided it with a deceptively slow grounder that somehow made it through the Collins infield.