Panthers end regular season with loss
Saturday, May 17, 2014 5:00 AM
Christian Academy of Louisville broke open a scoreless tie with a six-run fifth inning and posted a 6-2 softball win over Carroll County in Carrollton on Friday.
Senior pitcher Sarah Hawkins, who suffered the loss on the mound, had a pair of hits for Carroll County. Shortstop Mackenzie Ogden had several good plays in the field and connected with a home run in the sixth inning and junior catcher Mackenzie Hawkins had a good day at the plate with a fifth-inning homer and a single in the sixth.
"Sarah had trouble locating her pitches in the fifth inning," Carroll coach Dennis Hawkins said. "One bad inning killed us. I'm disappointed. We played some really good innings but in that one inning, nothing went our way."
Christian Academy (16-13-1) took advantage of walks, wild throws and fielding errors to score its runs in the fifth. Cassidy Cook led off with a walk and Hannah Howes followed with a double to give the Centurions a 1-0 lead. Howes scored from second on a wild throw.
Later, with two outs, Brittany Mumford reached on a two-base error on the outfield. Sarah Ratterman reached base, followed by an RBI single off the bat of Olivia LeFan to make it a 5-0 game and the Centurions never looked back.
Carroll got a run back in the fifth on Hawkins' lead-off homer and the Panthers shot their foot on a rally in sixth when Sarah Hawkins reached on a bunt single and Mackenzie Hawkins reached on an error. However, Sarah Hawkins over-ran the bag at third and was tagged out for the second out and Brittany Yocum ended the threat when she lined out.
CAL pitcher Alivia Sinnott pitched a complete game, striking out seven, yielding five hits and a walk. Hawkins walked two, struck out one and pitched well through most of the contest.
"They're a good team and had good pitching," coach Hawkins said. "But we hurt ourselves with errors, walks and lack of clutch hits."
Carroll County (14-7) returns to action at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the 31st District Tournament at Henry County against the winner of Monday's Henry County-Eminence first round game.
"Hopefully, we'll be able to put together a complete game to open the tournament," Dennis Hawkins said. "... Hopefully, by Tuesday, we'll have tonight's loss out of our system."