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Lady Cougars see season end

SALEM — The Pulaski County Lady Cougars Softball team saw its season come to an end last night, as they fell to the always strong Cave Spring Lady Knights in the River Ridge District Tournament consolation game, 8-1.
It was a tough and emotional moment when the Lady Cougars came together for the final time at the pitchers mound following the game. Three young ladies who have put in much time and effort were realizing that they would never again put on that Lady Cougar uniform to get ready for a game. Nine juniors, one sophomore, one freshman, one seventh grade manager, and a dedicated coaching staff realized that their senior leaders would be moving on, and new leaders would have to step up to take their places.
The game itself and the fact that they had suffered a loss were lost for the moment. The coaches, who were crying along with their players in the end, were also quick to realize that while this season had come to an end, it was also the time to look ahead to next season and look forward to what was to come.
“We had a very good season,” said Head Coach Gina Miano. “Our team had a great attitude, they never let down and they would always fight to the end. I’ll have to double check, but I’m pretty sure this is the most wins we’ve ever had in a season. With the type of competition we’ve played against this season, 14 wins is a pretty awesome accomplishment. I think we saw a glimpse of how good we could be this season, and I hope that we can carry it over to next season.”
The game started off with the Lady Knights getting on the board first, scoring a single run in the first inning. They would later add three more runs in the third, one more run in the fifth, and three more runs in the sixth inning.
The Lady Cougars were able to get their only run of the game, and their final run of the season in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Carlyn Samuelson came in to pinch hit for Kasey Holcomb. Samuelson hit a hard single to get on base. Kari Ray Dunavant came up next, but was struck out. Pitcher Brandi Turman stepped to the plate next, and received a walk. Sam Solomon came in next to hit an RBI single, scoring Samuelson. Unfortunately, the Lady Cougars were unable to put together any more offense, and the game came to an end with Cave Spring advancing to the Region 4 Tournament.
“We had some opportunities to put up some runs, but we couldn’t get it done,” said Coach Miano. “We had bases loaded with only one out in the third inning, but we couldn’t bring them in. You also have to give credit to Cave Spring, they hit the ball well tonight. We got some hits ourselves, but we just couldn’t capitalize on them when we needed too.”
Pitching for Pulaski, senior Brandi Turman went the distance going all six innings. Facing 34 batters, Turman gave up 8 runs (5 earned), 9 hits, 2 walks, and had 3 strike outs. Turman finishes the season out with a 7-7-1 pitching record.
Hitting in the game for Pulaski, there were seven hits. Dunavant went 1 for 4, Turman went 2 for 3 with a walk, Solomon went 1 for 2 with an RBI, Tuell went 1 for 2 with a sacrifice, Ashley Alley went 1 for 3, and Samuelson went 1 for 1 with a run scored. The Lady Cougars finished out the game with 4 errors, which was a goal for the team to cut down on.
An obviously emotional Coach Miano made it clear that while she was certainly sad that this season was over, she was very excited about the future of the Lady Cougar Softball program. “We have nine juniors, one sophomore, and a freshman that all saw playing time this year on the varsity team. We also have several very exciting freshmen and sophomores from the JV team that should make an impact on the varsity level next year as well. We ended up having ten girls make the All-River Ridge District team this year as well. All of our seniors made the team. Our two youngest players made the team, one of which played second base, shortstop, and in the outfield at times, and the other being one of our better outfielders. We also had five juniors make the team, including one of our starting pitchers, our starting catcher, and our normal starting first, second, and third base players. With the second year of our travel softball team, the Virginia Wildcats, starting up very soon, and the hopes of getting a 14-and-under Virginia Wildcats team started as well, we feel like the future can only get brighter.”
Coach Miano also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make this season a special one for everybody. “I’d like to thank the entire coaching staff for all they did this season. Our pitching coach, our book keepers, and our manager all came together to make this season and this team take on a family feel to it. I’d like to thank all of the parents for their support, and for being their for their daughters. To Brandi, Heather, and Kat, I would like to wish you seniors the best of luck in all that you do in the future. You’ll always be a part of our family.”
The Lady Cougars will get together one more time as a team, when they gather at Randolph Park on June 10th at 6 p.m. for their end of season banquet. Be sure to check back later for more details on the Lady Cougar Softball banquet as the coaches finalize all the plans.
We would like to congratulate the players, coaches, parents and fans on a fine season. You represented Pulaski County well. Good luck to the graduating seniors, and to the rest of you — get ready, 2009 will be here in no time. Go Cougars!!!

Lady Cougars see season end

SALEM — The Pulaski County Lady Cougars Softball team saw its season come to an end last night, as they fell to the always strong Cave Spring Lady Knights in the River Ridge District Tournament consolation game, 8-1.
It was a tough and emotional moment when the Lady Cougars came together for the final time at the pitchers mound following the game. Three young ladies who have put in much time and effort were realizing that they would never again put on that Lady Cougar uniform to get ready for a game. Nine juniors, one sophomore, one freshman, one seventh grade manager, and a dedicated coaching staff realized that their senior leaders would be moving on, and new leaders would have to step up to take their places.
The game itself and the fact that they had suffered a loss were lost for the moment. The coaches, who were crying along with their players in the end, were also quick to realize that while this season had come to an end, it was also the time to look ahead to next season and look forward to what was to come.
“We had a very good season,” said Head Coach Gina Miano. “Our team had a great attitude, they never let down and they would always fight to the end. I’ll have to double check, but I’m pretty sure this is the most wins we’ve ever had in a season. With the type of competition we’ve played against this season, 14 wins is a pretty awesome accomplishment. I think we saw a glimpse of how good we could be this season, and I hope that we can carry it over to next season.”
The game started off with the Lady Knights getting on the board first, scoring a single run in the first inning. They would later add three more runs in the third, one more run in the fifth, and three more runs in the sixth inning.
The Lady Cougars were able to get their only run of the game, and their final run of the season in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Carlyn Samuelson came in to pinch hit for Kasey Holcomb. Samuelson hit a hard single to get on base. Kari Ray Dunavant came up next, but was struck out. Pitcher Brandi Turman stepped to the plate next, and received a walk. Sam Solomon came in next to hit an RBI single, scoring Samuelson. Unfortunately, the Lady Cougars were unable to put together any more offense, and the game came to an end with Cave Spring advancing to the Region 4 Tournament.
“We had some opportunities to put up some runs, but we couldn’t get it done,” said Coach Miano. “We had bases loaded with only one out in the third inning, but we couldn’t bring them in. You also have to give credit to Cave Spring, they hit the ball well tonight. We got some hits ourselves, but we just couldn’t capitalize on them when we needed too.”
Pitching for Pulaski, senior Brandi Turman went the distance going all six innings. Facing 34 batters, Turman gave up 8 runs (5 earned), 9 hits, 2 walks, and had 3 strike outs. Turman finishes the season out with a 7-7-1 pitching record.
Hitting in the game for Pulaski, there were seven hits. Dunavant went 1 for 4, Turman went 2 for 3 with a walk, Solomon went 1 for 2 with an RBI, Tuell went 1 for 2 with a sacrifice, Ashley Alley went 1 for 3, and Samuelson went 1 for 1 with a run scored. The Lady Cougars finished out the game with 4 errors, which was a goal for the team to cut down on.
An obviously emotional Coach Miano made it clear that while she was certainly sad that this season was over, she was very excited about the future of the Lady Cougar Softball program. “We have nine juniors, one sophomore, and a freshman that all saw playing time this year on the varsity team. We also have several very exciting freshmen and sophomores from the JV team that should make an impact on the varsity level next year as well. We ended up having ten girls make the All-River Ridge District team this year as well. All of our seniors made the team. Our two youngest players made the team, one of which played second base, shortstop, and in the outfield at times, and the other being one of our better outfielders. We also had five juniors make the team, including one of our starting pitchers, our starting catcher, and our normal starting first, second, and third base players. With the second year of our travel softball team, the Virginia Wildcats, starting up very soon, and the hopes of getting a 14-and-under Virginia Wildcats team started as well, we feel like the future can only get brighter.”
Coach Miano also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make this season a special one for everybody. “I’d like to thank the entire coaching staff for all they did this season. Our pitching coach, our book keepers, and our manager all came together to make this season and this team take on a family feel to it. I’d like to thank all of the parents for their support, and for being their for their daughters. To Brandi, Heather, and Kat, I would like to wish you seniors the best of luck in all that you do in the future. You’ll always be a part of our family.”
The Lady Cougars will get together one more time as a team, when they gather at Randolph Park on June 10th at 6 p.m. for their end of season banquet. Be sure to check back later for more details on the Lady Cougar Softball banquet as the coaches finalize all the plans.
We would like to congratulate the players, coaches, parents and fans on a fine season. You represented Pulaski County well. Good luck to the graduating seniors, and to the rest of you — get ready, 2009 will be here in no time. Go Cougars!!!