SHELBYVILLE – The instructions to Steven Watts were simple: Just throw strikes.
The senior right-hander pounded like a prize fighter last Tuesday as Anderson County knocked Spencer County out of the 30th District baseball tournament at Collins High School.
Watts struck out 14 Spencer County batters and allowed just one hit as the Bearcats rolled to a 4-0 semi-final win. It was the fifth time in six years that Anderson had eliminated the Bears in district play.
SHELBYVILLE – Granville Hayes just wanted to put the bat on the ball.
Hayes stroked a one-out, bases-loaded single to score Tanner Roberts, giving Anderson County a 2-1 walk-off win over Owen County Monday night in the first round of the Eighth Region Tournament being held at Collins High School.
Hayes, who had struck out with the bases loaded in the third inning, drove Stone Osborne's 0-2 pitch to the right side of the infield. Owen could not make a play, setting off a wild celebration among the Anderson players.
CRESTWOOD – As soon as Kaci Currens connected, it was a no-doubter.
The Anderson County eighth-grader belted a monster grand slam in the bottom of the first that was the spark for the Lady Bearcats' 8-1 win over 32nd District runner-up Simon Kenton Monday night in the opening round of the Eighth Region softball tournament at South Oldham High School.
TAYLORSVILLE – Madison Brummett had never pitched 10 innings in a varsity softball game before last Tuesday night, but after battling to a 7-4 win over Collins, she could only smile and say, “My arm feels great.”
“It always feels a little better when you win,” laughed Anderson County coach Brian Glass.
Especially when that win is in an elimination game of the 30th District Tournament and is against the same team that eliminated Anderson in the same round a year ago.
Anderson County High School senior Lowell Gordon has committed to play collegiate basketball at Transylvania University.
One of the state's leading 3-point shooters last year, Gordon hit on 40.6 percent of his bombs during the 2011-12 season. He connected on 80 home run balls over Anderson's 30-game schedule. He aveared scoring 10.6 points a game.
In the classroom, Gordon has a grade point average exceeding 3.9 on the 4.0 scale.
LEXINGTON – The old sports adage saying it is difficult to beat the same opponent twice applies to tennis as well.
Anderson County's girls' doubles team of Amanda Wampler and her younter sister, Hannah, found that out at the state tennis tournament last Thursday.
Just eight days after defeating the South Oldham team of Jennifer Liu and Sarah Hawes in the Eighth Region tournament, the Wampler sisters could not get enough going to defeat the same team again. Liu and Hawes advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win.