8-run inning helps Garrard top Casey

April 21, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

LIBERTY - Garrard County and Casey County were clearly headed in opposite directions when they crossed paths Saturday. But it took just three days for both teams to make 180-degree turns.

Casey was riding high and Garrard was unable to get a win in a weekend tournament, where one of the Rebels' wins included a come-from-behind victory over Garrard.

But when they met again Tuesday, Garrard got the best of Casey and got away with all the momentum that was once on the other side.

An eight-run fourth inning propelled the Lions to an 11-5 win, allowing them to prove to themselves that they were capable of more than they did over the weekend.


"We knew we could beat them," said Garrard junior Abby Parsons, who earned a complete-game victory on the mound and had two hits and three RBIs at the plate.

Casey went 3-1 in the tournament at Russell County, including its 9-7 win over Garrard. Meanwhile, Garrard lost all three games it played, though all of them were close.

The Lions (7-4) bounced back with a win over Harrodsburg on Monday, then continued to rebound by beating Casey.

"We kind of believed we should've won three ballgames last weekend," Garrard coach Ernie Browning said.

Loss doesn't sit well with Casey coach

Tuesday's game was a second straight step back for Casey (9-5), which also lost a home game to Danville on Monday. It clearly didn't sit well with Casey coach Andy Stephens, who met with his players for more than 30 minutes after the game and was unavailable for comment.

Stephens' team was up 3-0 after three innings, but Garrard cranked up its offense in the fourth inning.

The attack started when Betsy Ball singled and Sydney Napier beat out a sacrifice bunt. Four straight walks then produced the first three runs of the inning. A two-run single by Parsons gave Garrard a 5-3 lead and was followed by Sarah Carrier's double, another single by Ball and another sacrifice bunt by Napier - all of which drove in runs.

"It just takes one or two to get us going," Browning said.

Garrard had only one hit in the first three innings, but the Lions got four in the fourth and a total of nine in the last four innings.

"It seems like it takes us a little bit to get in sync," Parsons said.

The offensive outburst made things easier on the mound for Parsons, Garrard's No. 2 pitcher, who allowed four earned runs, four hits and five walks and had eight strikeouts in her third varsity start.

Brittany Gilbert drove home a run in the fifth with her second hit, and she scored on Tiffany Meadors' ground ball to make it 10-3. Consecutive singles by Jamie Speake, Meadors and Parsons produced one more run in the seventh.

Freshmen inserted into Garrard's lineup

Speake and Napier, both freshmen, were inserted into the lineup after the Russell tourney.

"That helps us out with our speed," Browning said.

Speake took over at third base after Tiffany Asberry was sidelined by a knee injury that threatens to end her season and may require surgery.

"The kids wanted to play well for (Asberry)," Browning said.

The only significant offense Casey could muster in the late innings came in the fifth on Felicia Luttrell's fourth home run of the season, a two-run blast over the left-field fence. Luttrell had two hits and three RBIs.

Lindsay Wilson took the loss on the mound for the Rebels. She pitched 31/3 innings and allowed Garrard's first five runs.

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