On Tuesday night the Lady Panthers hit the road to visit a district rival in Todd County. In recent years the Lady Rebels have shared district dominance with Franklin-Simpson and was looking to run rule the lowly Lady Panthers again.
But the Lady Panthers, like they have shown all season, showed up determined that this game would be different.
The young, scrappy Lady Panthers team showed they have improved a lot since the last time they played, but would ultimately fall 8-2 to the Lady Rebels.
“Again don’t judege us by the scoreboard, just come and watch us play and I think we’ve impressed a lot of people the other night,” RHS head coach Greg Meacham said in an interview on Wednesday.
In the first inning the Lady Panthers got a runner on base via a hit batter but failed to push her across the plate. The Lady Rebels used a little small ball to push across one runner in their half and then two more in the bottom of the second. With the game teetering on the edge the Lady Panthers responded in their half of the third inning.
With two outs and two runners on Megan Woodson came through with a clutch hit to drive in two and closed the gap to 3-2.
The Lady Rebels would use a few errors in the next few innings to extend the lead and then ultimately put the game out of reach.
“It really wasn’t bad, we just can’t score the same amount of runs that everyone else can, but we’re hitting the ball,” coach Meacham said.
The Lady Rebels would hold off the scrappy Lady Panthers and hand Russellville another loss with the score being 8-2.
“Last night, last year we gave up 46 runs to this team and this year we cut it in half, and you take that first game away and the two bad innings we probably don’t give up 10 runs to them,” coach Meacham said.
Now the Lady Panthers will look to try and turn things around tomorrow as they welcome Metcalfe County to their friendly confines. Russellville fell in the first game, but like they have done all year the second game has always been decidedly different.
“Every time we’ve played a team a second time we’ve played them better,” coach Meacham said.
Now they will look to their young team again to try and rebound on Thursday and over the weekend. They will look to avoid a big inning and use a more consistent approach with their pitching staff.
“It’s just a matter of not giving up the big inning, the problem is we give up a walk or two and the wheels seem to come off,” coach Meacham said. “Like I told them, ‘Go out and have fun, that’s what it’s about, smile about it.’ The old saying is the most important play is the next one, you can mistakes, just make it up on the next play.”