The 2016 softball season has been a mixed bag for the Russellville Lady Panthers. Calvin Head’s team has won some and lost some, but should never be overlooked. Going into Tuesday night’s district matchup, perhaps Todd County Central got a bit too comfortable. The Lady Rebels had not lost a game in 20 days.
The (10-11) record that the ladies from Elkton own doesn’t reflect the threat that they are. The Lady Panthers (10-15) would not back down. Russellville ended Todd County’s winning streak by winning 8-5 at home.
The Lady Rebels jumped out of the gate and scored an early run in the first. One run would not be enough to rattle Russellville pitcher Tara Gilbert. Todd County would not score another run until putting up two in the fifth inning on a long homerun to center by Michaela Robertson. The visiting team in red would add two more runs in the seventh against Gilbert. The Junior pitcher picked up the win with four strikeouts, three walks, and two earned runs on four hits.
The offense for the Lady Panthers was explosive against the Lady Rebels. The team combined for a total of 13 hits. Johnea Pendleton and Macy Meacham each had three hits. Meacham drove in three runs and scored once. Brooklyn Ray belted two hits and had one RBI. Taryn Gray, Tara Gilbert, Tonisha Hampton, Susanna Higgins, and Allison McDaniel all added hits as well. Russellville scored four runs in the third, added three more in the fourth, and tacked on a final run in the sixth to earn the victory 8-5. The home team did not suffer any strikeouts during the game.
The Lady Panthers do not play again until the (0-15) Lady Dragons from Warren Central come to town on Tuesday at 5:30. The Lady Rebels will be in Hopkinsville on Friday evening.