The Russellville Lady Panther softball team had a great start to their season. The Lady Panthers would face the Hopkinsville Lady Tigers on Friday and make a comeback in the seventh inning to win 10-9. This was the first Lady Panther win at home since 2010.
The Lady Panthers had a great start offensively to the game. In the first inning Shea Hampton would bring in Cierra Collins. In the second inning Rachel Fisher would get a hit to drive in Collins and Malynn Ray. Taylor Gray would also score on a wild pitch. In the third inning Johnea Pendleton would bring in Tara Gilbert and Taylor Gray would bring in Shea Hampton.
The Lady Panthers would hold on to their lead of 6-4 going into the sixth inning. But the Lady Tigers were not ready to give up. The Lady Tigers would get some good hits while the Lady Panthers would make mistakes. Their mistakes would result in the Lady Tigers scoring five runs in the sixth inning.
The Lady Panthers would not score in the sixth inning so the Lady Tigers would have a lead of 9-6 going into the seventh. The Lady Panthers played smart defense to get three quick outs at the top of the seventh inning.
Tara Gilbert would lead off for the Lady Panthers and hit a home run. Pendleton would single and Taylor Gray would walk. Pendleton would get out at third after a ground ball hit by Allison McDaniel. Taylor Gray and McDaniel would remain on base. Malynn Ray would double to bring in Taylor Gray. Tiffany Gray would hit the ball to left field, driving in McDaniel and Ray to win the game 10-9.
“I told the girls at the beginning of the game that they better not give up on me, because I wasn’t going to give up on them! Going into the seventh inning I remember telling them to put the bat on the ball and lets just take this one at a time,” said head coach Brandy Trimble. “I was super proud of my girls for pulling out the win. They never did give up and its great to start the season off with a win.”
The Lady Panthers will play Edmonson County tonight at home at 6 p.m.