Lady Braves fall to Simon Kenton

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By Ryan Naus

Katelyn Roy was matched up in a pitcher’s duel when Grant County High School’s softball team faced district opponent Simon Kenton.

The Lady Pioneers came out on top, winning 2-1 on April 16.

“I told the players that we can look at it like we played the defending district champs 2-1, but if we want to look realistically at it, they had three hits and we had one hit with 15 strikeouts,” coach Ott Reed said. “Their pitcher pitched the game of her career.”

Roy shut down the Lady Pioneers in the first inning before giving up a leadoff homerun in the second inning. Roy kept her composure, sitting down the next three batters to end the inning.

“That was one of about two bad pitches she made all day,” Reed said. “She hit her spots better than I have ever seen her hit them. She deserved better than that.”

The Lady Braves tied the game in the fourth inning when Alesa Collinsworth drew a walk after getting a second chance at the plate when a Simon Kenton player dropped a foul ball. Collinsworth stole second and third before scoring on a wayward pickoff throw by Simon Kenton’s catcher.

The Lady Braves stranded runners on second and third in the top of the fifth, leaving a chance to take the lead on the field.

Simon Kenton manufactured a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, moving a runner from first base to second with a sacrifice bunt before a single drove in the winning run.

The Lady Braves had a chance to tie the game in the seventh inning, but Erica Stith was thrown out at third base to end the game.

“We weren’t aggressive. We just waved the bat around,” Reed said. “We knew going in that the umpire had a wide strike zone and we took too many third strikes. In a game like this, we have to guard the plate with two strikes.”

“We weren’t hitting,” Jessica Smith said. “We have to get the bat on the ball. But our fielding was good and Kat pitched a good game.”

The Lady Braves are still looking for their first win on the road, as they have lost eight away from home and won five on their home field.

“It doesn’t matter where you play at,” Reed said. “You’ve got to be mentally ready and we weren’t. They never made a run, but we didn’t either.”

The Lady Braves entered their game against Simon Kenton on a winning note after defeating Henry Clay 6-5 on April 15.

“We were a completely different team,” Reed said. “We took the game to Henry Clay and hit the ball hard.”

“Our hitting was better,” Smith said. “We were on their pitcher really good.”

Reed relied on the bottom of his lineup against Henry Clay, as they came up with five hits in the win.

Next up for the Grant County Lady Braves:

• April 22 at home against Conner

• April 23 at Henry County

• April 25 at home for Grant County Round Robin

• April 26 at Walton-Verona