Garrard rolls into region with 22-0 win

May 26, 2004|JILL ERWIN

BURGIN - Small steps were enough for Harrodsburg, but not nearly enough to reach the regional tournament.

The Pioneers managed two hits Tuesday against Garrard County's Tiffany Meadors, two more than they had totaled in two earlier games. But those two hits didn't stop Garrard from rolling 22-0 in three innings in the first game of the 44th District softball tournament.

Garrard (15-11) sent 20 batters to the plate in the first inning, picking up 15 runs on 12 hits and four Harrodsburg errors.

"Our offense was there tonight," Garrard coach Jeff Meadors said. "We've struggled with that at times. When we come out swinging early, we're usually successful. Our bats tend to be way up and down, but we were able to hit it well tonight."


They certainly did. Garrard got two triples, a double and five RBIs from freshman outfielder Jamie Speake and two doubles from Tiffany Meadors. Each starter reached base at least twice, and Speake scored every time she batted.

Brittany Lane's single in her third at-bat of the first inning knocked in Candi Brooks for the 15th run, which is enough to end the game after three innings due to the mercy rule.

Jeff Meadors had his daughter, Tiffany, bunt to end the inning.

Harrodsburg loaded the bases

Harrodsburg (0-15) came out and loaded the bases with one out in the second on a single by Sarah Roach, a walk to Kayla Fultz and a Garrard error. Stephanie Moyers came to the plate and lined a shot directly back at Tiffany Meadors, who grabbed it and fired it back to first to catch the runner off and end the inning.

"Garrard County is a good team," Harrodsburg coach Malissa Hutchins said. "They no-hit us twice. This time, most of the girls at least got a bat on her. We've got a long way to go, but we've definitely come a long way, too."

"They've definitely improved," Jeff Meadors said. "They've got a good group of girls, and they're having fun. Their bats have definitely improved."

Garrard scored seven more times in the bottom of the second, including a two-run double by Meadors and a two-run triple by Speake.

Harrodsburg put runners on second and third with two outs in the third on a Garrard error and a walk, but Meadors struck out pinch-hitter Kat Carroll to end the game.

Meadors gave up two hits and two walks, striking out three. She had three RBIs, as did Abby Parsons and Betsy Ball.

Beth Lewis had a single for Harrodsburg. The Pioneers finished with six errors.

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