Lady Panthers fly in Kelly Russell Classic


By Kelly Phillips - Sports writer



Junior Tara Gilbert tossed a complete game Friday night, beating the Springfield (TN) Yellow Jackets 7-4 during the Kelly Russell Classic at Russellville High School.


Russellville first baseman Johnea Pendleton gets an easy out early in the game against Springfield. Pendleton also added two hits in the 7-4 win.


Junior Lady Panther Macy Meacham drills a single down the third base line Friday evening in Russellville.


Second baseman Allison McDaniel throws out a Lady Yellow Jacket runner at first in the victory Friday evening.


Russellville High School hosted the third annual Kelly Russell Classic over the weekend. The event honors the legacy of Kelly Russell, a Panther class of 1974 athelete who passed away after being injured while warming up for a baseball game 42 years ago.

The baseball Panthers (2-10) started off on Thursday with a 14-4 loss at the hands of Muhlenburg County (11-5.) Coach Blake Crabtree’s team would finish out the weekend at 0-2 after Saturday’s 10-3 loss against the (7-13) team from Madisonville-North Hopkins. The Panthers will travel to Franklin on Tuesday to face the Wildcats for the second time this season. FSHS won the last meeting 2-1 in Russellville.

The Lady Panthers had better luck on the softball field. Coach Calvin Head’s ladies fought their way to a 2-1 record over the weekend. The Yellow Jackets from Springfield Tennessee came to town on Friday evening. Russellville earned the 7-4 victory after a four-run forth inning blew it open. The Lady Panthers recorded ten hits off of the Lady Yellow Jacket pitcher. Tara Gilbert, Johnea Pendleton, and Susanna Higgins had two hits each. Tara Gilbert had three RBIs on the day. Brooklyn Ray had a stolen base for the home team.

Tara Gilbert threw the complete game for Russellville. She gave up four runs on nine hits, while walking two and recording three strikeouts.

The Lady Panthers were back in action on Saturday, where they split two games. The early morning game featured Russellville beating Metcalfe County by a score of 7-2. The weekend’s grand finale for the local ladies of the softball diamond went to the visiting team from McLean County. The (9-10) Lady Cougars from Calhoun Kentucky defeated our Lady Panthers 4-2. Russellville (8-12) will host a good (11-6) Allen County-Scottsville team on Monday at 5:30.

Junior Tara Gilbert tossed a complete game Friday night, beating the Springfield (TN) Yellow Jackets 7-4 during the Kelly Russell Classic at Russellville High School.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_paper01.jpgJunior Tara Gilbert tossed a complete game Friday night, beating the Springfield (TN) Yellow Jackets 7-4 during the Kelly Russell Classic at Russellville High School.

Russellville first baseman Johnea Pendleton gets an easy out early in the game against Springfield. Pendleton also added two hits in the 7-4 win.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_paper02.jpgRussellville first baseman Johnea Pendleton gets an easy out early in the game against Springfield. Pendleton also added two hits in the 7-4 win.

Junior Lady Panther Macy Meacham drills a single down the third base line Friday evening in Russellville.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_paper03.jpgJunior Lady Panther Macy Meacham drills a single down the third base line Friday evening in Russellville.

Second baseman Allison McDaniel throws out a Lady Yellow Jacket runner at first in the victory Friday evening.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_paper04.jpgSecond baseman Allison McDaniel throws out a Lady Yellow Jacket runner at first in the victory Friday evening.

By Kelly Phillips

Sports writer

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