Garrard, Danville advance at regional softball tourney

June 02, 2004

RUSSELL SPRINGS - Garrard County couldn't get a hit off Mary Beth Pennington, but the Golden Lions still got a win over Boyle County in the 12th Region Tournament here Tuesday.

Garrard beat Boyle 1-0 behind the one-hit pitching of Tiffany Meadors to advance to tonight's semifinals against South Laurel at 6. The other semifinal will pair Danville, a 14-4 winner over Mercer County, against Pulaski Southwestern at about 7:30.

"It was probably our best overall defensive game of the year," Garrard coach Jeff Meadors said. "We didn't make an error and really looked tough. If we can hit the ball a little better and if Tiffany pitches well again, who knows what might happen against South Laurel."

Tiffany Meadors allowed only one hit - a third inning double by Pennington - and struck out eight for Garrard (19-16).


"She hit her spots pretty well. It was one of her best games," Jeff Meadors said. "I was on pins and needles the whole game. Betsy Ball made two huge plays for us in left field."

Garrard got the game's only run in the third inning. Pennington walked two batters before retiring the next two batters on a ground ball and fly ball. Another walk loaded the bases before Sydney Napier hit a ground ball that Boyle second baseman Joanna Frauenhoffer couldn't handle to allow Abby Parsons to score the winning run.

"We had other chances because Pennington walked a lot, but either we struck out or hit the ball right at someone and Boyle didn't have but the one error. It was really a well-played defensive game," Meadors said.

Danville 14, Mercer County 4 - Danville scored in every inning but one as the Admirals defeated Mercer (6-14) in six innings. The winners broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the second and added five runs in the third to build a 9-1 lead. After Mercer cut the deficit to 9-4, Danville (21-16) added three more runs in the fourth and two in the sixth.

Monica Vonderbrink had two triples, drove in seven runs and scored a run for the Ads, who also got a single, three runs scored and three RBIs from Renee Chiu.

Chelsea Wallace had two singles and two RBIs and Liz Ruth had two singles and four runs scored.

Wallace picked up the win, going the distance and striking out seven, giving up six hits and walking two.

Each team struggled in the field, as Mercer had five errors and Danville had four.

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