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Lady Cougars win on senior night

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

David Gravely/SWT – Jordyn Linkous slides into home safely by about three feet, but was called out for the third out Tuesday after a six run inning.

PCHS AD Scott Vest was excited and he had every right to be. The Lady Cougar softball team was not only holding their own against the always tough Hidden Valley Titans, but the game was a 0-0 tie when he checked in during his walk between baseball, softball, soccer and tennis matches Tuesday at Pulaski County High School.

 

Suddenly, Pulaski County found their bats.

 

Six runs later the Lady Cougars held a 6-0 lead that eventually turned into a 7-1 River Ridge District victory on senior night for the Lady Cougars.

 

The win moves Pulaski County to 5-9 on the season. Those five wins are more than the Lady Cougars have won in the past few seasons, which is building excitement for the program that is also experiencing some much needed success at the junior varsity level. The younger Lady Cougars are now 5-5 with several lopsided wins over district opponents on their resume.

 

“It’s hard to beat a girl when a girl won’t give up,” Head Coach Jeff Linkous told his team during pregame activities. “These girls are working hard and it’s great for our seniors to be able to enjoy some of this before they graduate. We know we’ve still got a lot of work to do, but we’re always going to enjoy a win.”

 

The third inning started with Laikin Smith making it to first after a Titan error on a line drive to center field. Lauren Cruise hit a grounder toward second, but another error allowed her to slip on base. Delayne Merritt laid down a near perfect bunt toward first base to load the bases before Jordan Hill hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed the Titans to throw Smith out at home.

 

Then came the fireworks. Jordyn Linkous, fresh out of the kitchen from making her very first sandwich, connected for a double that scored Cruise and Merritt. Josie Brewer hit a single to score Hill and then MaKenzie Reno singled to score Linkous. Erin Russell was called out at first after a grounder, but earned an RBI when Hannah Edwards, who was running for Brewer, crossed the plate. Cheyenne Reed singled to score Reno to move the score to 6-0 before the inning ended.

 

The Lady Cougars added another run in the bottom of the sixth. Reed hit a double and then scored after stealing third when Jordan Hill hit a single.

 

Hidden Valley avoided the shutout by scoring a run in the top of the seventh, but the Lady Cougars ended the game on the next batter.

 

Pulaski County recorded eight hits in the contest but also had three errors. The Titans had five hits and two errors.

 

Reed and Linkous had two hits each, both also scored a run. Reno, Merritt, Brewer and Smith also recorded hits with Reno, Merritt, Cruise, Edwards and Hill recording the other runs.

 

Brewer enjoyed a good night on the pitching rubber for senior night, going all seven innings while giving up five hits, one run and no walks while striking out 13 batters.

 

The Lady Cougars were scheduled to travel to Carroll County Wednesday and then Blacksburg Friday. Both games are set to begin at 5 p.m.

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