The Lady Cougars scored six runs in the first Thursday en route to an 8-0 victory at Russellville. It was the first district game of the season for Logan County and the second for the Lady Panthers.
The first four batters for Logan County that came to the plate all got hits. Catcher Erica Meguiar started things off with a double to left field. Michelle Belt followed with a double up the left field line that scored Meguiar.
Laura Williams and Brooke Yokely then came through with back-to-back RBI singles to make the score 3-0.
Yokely and Brittany Guthrie both scored on wild pitches, upping Logan's lead to 5-0. Emily Croslin picked up the other RBI of the inning on a groundout.
“I think a lot of it was anticipation and nerves,” LCHS coach Toby Turpin said. “We were confident and came out and scored six quick runs. After that we kind of died down and got two more later.
Russellville got a pair of baserunners in the bottom of the second inning, but was unable to score.
Heather Yancey hit a one-out double and Brittany Hampton walked with tow outs, but Logan County pitcher Courtney Rogers got out of the inning without allowing a run.
The Lady Cougars added another run in the top of the third. Kayla Brown led off the inning with a single into the shallow outfield. She then stole second, went to third base on an error and scored on a wild pitch.
Logan County got a pair of hits in the top of the fourth - singles by Meguiar and Yokely - but neither came around to score.
The Lady Cougars picked up their final run in the top of the sixth. Belt reached base on an error and eventually came around to cross home on a passed ball.
“I was disappointed that we didn't keep hitting it like we could have,” Turpin said. “But their pitcher got better as she went along. That makes a difference.”
Russellville ended the game strong, with a pair of singles in the bottom of the seventh. Katy Johnson and Lauren Peters each picked up hits, but were stranded on base.
Logan County finished the game with 10 hits, but more importantly committed only one error.
“With the defense we had out there - that's what we're looking for,” Turpin said. “We hope we can win some ballgames that way - by not making any errors. When you don't give anything away, it makes it hard for the other team to score runs.”
Russellville had six hits and four errors.
Logan County (4-5) will be back in action tonight at home against defending District 13 champion Franklin-Simpson.
Russellville (0-6) hosts University Heights tonight.