Bam Ray (5) had a great year at the plate for Russellville. Ray hit five home runs, had 33 RBIs, and finished with a .544 batting average.

Bam Ray (5) had a great year at the plate for Russellville. Ray hit five home runs, had 33 RBIs, and finished with a .544 batting average.

BY KELLY PHILLIPS

kphillips@newsdemocratleader.com

Both local high school softball teams may have bowed out much earlier than anticipated in 2018, but both the Lady Cougars and Lady Panthers finished with very solid winning records.

The Russellville Lady Panthers, coached by Ryan Davenport, posted a program best (19-17) record. Coach Davenport and his young team were able to slug their way to the fifth best record in the 4th Region. Russellville was stopped in the district tournament by Logan County.

The Logan County Lady Cougars finished at (17-11) under Coach Mark Wood. The Lady Cougars made it to the 4th Region tournament but were sent home after a 1-0 loss against Allen County in the opening round. Logan County allowed the second fewest runs in the region. Opponents only crossed the plate 116 times against the Lady Cougars in 2018. Warren East was the only team to surrender less (75.)

Logan County hit 29 home runs this season as a team. Brea Croslin slugged ten. Kennedy Nichols had six. Rosie Kerchenski, Shelby Gettings, and Sydney Lee each slammed three over the fence. KJ Page hit two, while Jillian McLellan and Abby Canler each finished with one homer.

The Lady Panthers had five players hit home runs this year. Bam Ray slugged five long balls. Chloe Whitescarver hit three. Jaylah Kees trotted around the bases twice. A'miyah Collier and Taryn Gray each hit one deep this season.

Bam Ray and A'miyah Collier each finished with a batting average near .550. Chloe Whitescarver had a .457 average.

For Logan County, KJ Page completed the season with a .549 batting average. Shelby Gettings and Brea Croslin were both near .400.

As a team, the Lady Cougars hit .333, while the Lady Panthers averaged .369.

In the pitcher's circle, Sydney Lee led both teams with 47 strikeouts. Shelby Gettings had 40 for Logan County. Taryn Gray struck out 35 batters for Russellville. Addie Mosier fanned 21 in only 30 innings of work.

2019 looks to be promising for both programs. Only one Senior was lost between both teams. The Lady Cougars and Lady Panthers will be loaded with talent and more experience in the coming years.