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Lady Bearcats take control of district race

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Four-run first propels Anderson to win over Shelby

By John Herndon

SHELBYVILLE -- Anderson County erupted for four runs in the first inning then survived a shaky second to defeat host Shelby County 6-4 in a 30th District showdown on Tuesday night.

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The first four Lady Bearcats reached base and scored as Anderson took advantage of some shoddy Shelby defense. The Lady Rockets committed four errors in the first inning, including a pair of dropped foul balls that allowed Courtney Turpin and Corrin Robinson to drive in runs.

After the Lady Bearcats added another run in the second, Shelby sent eight batters to the plate in its turn, scoring four times. Anderson helped Shelby with two errors and two other mental miscues.

Anderson, however, added another run in the third and let Turpin go to work on the pitching rubber. The Miss Softball candidate scattered seven hits and bore down when Shelby had runners on second and third with one out in the sixth, getting a short fly ball and a strikeout to end things.

“She was good tonight, but she can be better,” said Anderson coach Brian Glass.

Another senior, leadoff hitter Christina Harvey led the Anderson attack, going 3-for-4 and scoring two runs.

While the teams play again on May 3, that game will not count in the district standings. Anderson will be heavily favored to defeat Eminence on Wednesday night and Spencer County in two weeks to be the top seed in the district tournament, scheduled to be held at Anderson the week beginning May 24.

For a complete report, including comments from several players and Glass, see the April 21 edition of The Anderson News.