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Lady Braves dominate Lexington Catholic

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By Ryan Naus

During his time coaching the Grant County High School softball team, Ott Reed had never lead a team to a win against Lexington Catholic.

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That changed on April 8 after the Lady Braves defeated Lexington Catholic 12-3.

“It’s a special win for this team,” Reed said. “But they came in flat. My players put the finger on them in the first inning and would not let up. The hitting is special on this team.”

The Lady Braves scored in the first inning when Morgan McClure ripped a triple to score three runs.

Grant County took a 10-2 lead when Alesa Collinsworth and Katelyn Roy hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning.

“We’ve never beat them before and we all felt like it’s a big win for us,” Katie Gregg said. “It shows that together we’re becoming a good team as we work together.”

“Every time they scored a run, we answered and that’s big,” Reed said. “Anytime you can beat a big city school, it’s special. My players played great. I get to where I expect too much from them.”

McClure was two for three with four runs batted in, Roy had two hits with two runs batted in and Collinsworth had three hits and four runs batted in.

The Lady Braves followed their consecutive wins by traveling to Bullitt East for the High Five Lady Charger Invitational. Grant County came away without a win, falling to Louisville Presentation, Louisville Beth Haven and Bullitt East.

Against Presentation, the Lady Braves gave up four runs in the third inning to make it 5-1. Grant County was able to get the game within one run twice before falling 8-7.

Against Beth Haven, Grant County had a chance to tie the game in the seventh inning before losing 2-1.

Against the host Bullitt East, the Lady Braves knew they weren’t going to win their pool and Reed wanted the chance to see McClure pitch and switched up his batting order to help loosen up his players. Collinsworth hit two home runs in a 6-2 loss.

“It’s a mental conditioning thing,” Reed said. “I’m a great believer in tournaments. I think it conditions you for later in the season. I felt like we should have done better, but they’re improving.”

Next up for the Grant County Lady Braves:

• April 15 at home against Henry Clay

• April 16 at Simon Kenton

• April 20 at Owen County