The Lady Cougars and the Lady Panthers have had their struggles this season. Both are adjusting with varying success with their brand new coaches.
Coach Michael Crawford has taken his talented group of Lady Cougars and instill a no quit attitude into his squad. Coach Greg Meacham has an extremely young, but just as talented group on his side of town with the Lady Panthers and is striving to build a strong program in their own rights.
On Monday night both teams were in action as they made their final tune ups before squaring off against their rivals. The Lady Panthers would take on Edmonson County and fall 13-0. The Lady Cougars would take a lead into the seventh before falling apart and losing 11-5.
“Got to put last night out of your memory and move on to today, and that’s what they did,” LCHS head coach Michael Crawford said.
On Tuesday night the Lady Cougars would prevail as they pounded out 11 hits and scored 15 runs in the 15-5 victory over their arch rivals Russellville.
“It was fun tonight,” coach Crawford said. “It’s just a typical day for us. The kids came out and played hard, they found a way to work through some mistakes, Shelby pitched herself into some bad spots a few times, but she found a way to get out.”
The game started with the Lady Panthers offense struggling as they failed to get on the board and handed it over to their counter-parts. The Lady Cougars offense led off with an Alicia Croft triple and would score in the next few pitches. The Lady Panthers seemed to stop the Logan County offense before it got going.
But LCHS’ Cheyenne Bilicki hit a home run over the center field wall to tack on another run to take an 2-0 lead.
“I think we’re improving all the time, I think we’re getting better,” LCHS first baseman Cheyenne Bilicki said after the game. “The loss from yesterday gave us a lot of heart today.”
The Lady Panthers offense once again struggled in their half and the flood gates opened for the Lady Cougars in the bottom of the second.
Logan County tacked on five more runs, prompting a pitching change by Russellville to slow the bleeding.
“Our pitching is doing great,” RHS head coach Greg Meacham said. “We started a seventh grader. She may have given up six or seven runs on two hits.”
The Lady Panthers offense once again was quiet in their half of the inning and the Lady Cougars managed to push across another run to extend their lead to 8-0.
Russellville finally got onto the board when Megan Woodson hit a bases clearing single to cut into the lead at 8-3 going into the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Cougars would get those runs back as they scored four more runs to make it 12-3 with a little help from some errors in the field by Russellville.
“It’s probably at least a five to five ball game if we catch the ball and make the routine plays,” coach Meacham said. “I know I keep saying it, but that’s the bottom line.”
The Lady Cougars would coasts to a 15-5 victory with catcher Victoria Cates leading Logan County with five RBI’s on two hits.
“We had a ball roll between our legs out in the outfield, things we shouldn’t do but what did the kids do? They found a way, picked each other up and found a way to stop the bleeding and make the next play and get ready to go,” coach Crawford said.
Now the Lady Cougars will go to UHA on Thursday while the Lady Panthers will go Hopkinsville on Thursday. The Lady Cougars will try to go on their first winning streak of the season and the Lady Panthers are still searching for their first victory.