Desire, determination, dedication, and the will to win are all qualities that have defined the Logan County Middle School Lady Cougars Softball team this season. Ending regular season with a record of 26-6, the Lady Cougars traveled to Franklin Simpson last Friday to compete in the District Tournament with hopes of advancing their record to 28-6 and bringing home the title of Champions.
In the first round, the Lady Cougars faced the Todd County Rebels. Behind the powerful pitching of Abby Hinton and a defense that stayed on their toes, the Lady Cougars were able to end the first round of play with a score of 12-0, run ruling the Lady Rebels in three innings. Hinton threw 49 pitches with 34 strikes, allowing no runs, and ending with a strikeout percentage of 69.4%. While several of the girls hit the ball well, Paige Vanzant doubled, both Abby Canler and KJ Page added a triple to her stat sheet and Shaina Johnson homered on a hard hit ball to left field. The girls had to await the winner of the Russellville and Franklin game to see who they would face in the championship.
With Franklin beating Russellville in ten innings with a final score of 6-5, the Lady Cougars faced the FS Wildcats in Championship play. With 10 runs in the first three innings, LC Lady Cougars left no doubt about the eventual outcome. Sydney Lee would take the mound allowing only 3 hits for the night and ending the game with a strikeout percentage of 54.8%.
An RBI double by Kennedy Nichols during the first inning started the pace for the Lady Cougars. Nichols also provided a wall behind the plate, catching Lee on defense. Abby Canler hit an RBI triple in the second and scored on a sacrifice fly by Page supplying early offense.
Brea Croslin paced Logan County at the plate. Croslin went 2-3 and scored two runs. She singled in the first inning and tripled her second time at the plate. It didn’t take long for the Lady Cougars to pull away as they scored six runs in the third on an RBI single by Lilly Newman and two-run double by Abby Hinton.
The Lady Cougars would end the game with the score of 10-2 in their victory over the Franklin Simpsons Wildcats. Although they advanced their record to 28-6 as they had planned and brought home the hardware of the district championship trophy, the Lady Cougars are still not finished. They were scheduled to travel to Owensboro on the 2nd of October to contend for the State Championship.