The Lady Panthers have continued to show improvements throughout the year. Despite the scoreboard watching that a lot of people may do and jump to conclusion the Lady Panthers are starting to show signs of improvement. They hosted Hart County on Tuesday and then a make up game against district rivals Todd County on Wednesday.
Hart County came in and put the hurt on the Panthers as they came away with a 17-1 victory. Then the Lady Rebels who are considered to be the district front runner came in on Wednesday to have a make up game against Russellville. The Lady Panthers fell 15-1 to Todd County.
Just to give some perspective on the improvement this young team has; last season the Lady Rebels beat Russellville with a combined score of 46-1 in two meetings.
“We keep preaching don’t look at the score, let’s get better and I think today they got it done,” RHS head coach Greg Meacham said after the Todd County game. “I’m proud of them, this is probably the best game we’ve played.”
In the Hart County game the Lady Panthers gave up seven runs in the top half of the first, and responded with getting a run in the bottom half of the first. Then Hart County would pull away for the 17-1 victory.
With the district dominant Lady Rebels coming to town the Lady Panthers had to rebound extremely quickly.
In the first two and two thirds inning the Lady Panthers played by far their best game of the season. Only down 1-0 and looking to get that final out to get back to their half of the third Russellville was bit by the two out bugaboo that has plagued them all season.
And they were bit hard in this game.
The floodgates opened as Todd County tacked on eight runs with two outs to pull away from the Lady Panthers. Russellville would respond with back to back doubles to get on the board. And in the fourth inning Russellville cleanly and quickly set the Todd County hitters down. But again in the fifth inning the two out bugaboo raised it’s ugly head as the Lady Rebels mopped up with the 15-1 victory.
“We gave up 15 runs in two innings and 13 of them were with two outs,” coach Meacham said.
The Lady Panthers will go to Metcalfe County on Thursday as they still look for their first victory of the season. The improvements that they showed in Todd County’s game is a sign of the Lady Panthers potential and with the end goal for the team getting ready for the District 13 tournament the Lady Panthers could surprise some people by then.
“There is a lot of time between now and the end of May, but once we get to the tournament it’s a single elimination format and anything can happen,” coach Meacham said.