Lady Cougar’s softball team loses 3 games | Mclean County

The McLean County High School softball team spent the last week on the road with a close game at Warren Central early and a trip to Breckinridge County for a double-header last Saturday.

The Lady Cougars fought hard and fell just shy to the Lady Dragons 18-16 on March 21. McLean County lost 19-1 to Fairdale and was shut out 15-0 by Breckinridge County on March 25.

McLean County remained scrappy in the game at Bowling Green last Monday. The Lady Dragons took a 10-0 lead after the first inning, but the Lady Cougars began to cut the deficit while defensively holding Warren Central for the next innings.

McLean County had six runs on the board in the third inning and added four more after two outs in the top of the fourth. The Lady Cougar defense then held the Dragons out of the plate with a double play from a pop fly to Ava Lannum at shortstop with a quick turnaround to Amber Willis at second base.

McLean County took a 15-13 lead late in the fifth after again stopping Warren Central by catching a runner trying to steal for the third out. Center fielder Amanda Ecton threw the pitch to Claire Hudson at third base to put out the runner. The Lady Dragons retired for good with a triple in the sixth and the game ended with McLean short 18-16.

Sarah Johnson was defeated by the Lady Cougars. The right-hander allowed ten hits and 12 runs in five innings, striking out three.

Ryleigh Durham started the game for McLean County. She gave up six runs on two hits in a third inning, walking one.

The Lady Cougars had 15 hits in the game with Ecton, Hudson, Lannum, Kelsy Powell and Keeley Cox collecting multiple hits. Ecton and Powell both had three hits to lead McLean while Hudson and Sarah Johnson each had a double. Johnson pushed for four RBIs and Ecton led the way with three of the team‘s eight stolen bases.

Defensively, Amber Willis had the most chances on the field with six. She managed three strikeouts and three assists without any errors.

The Lady Cougars took on Fairdale for Game 1 in Breckinridge County last Saturday. Amanda Ecton, Amber Willis, Leah Searcy and Claire Hudson each had one hit in the game. Hudson had the RBI in the 19-1 loss to McLean.

Sarah Johnson was defeated by the Lady Cougars. She allowed 13 runs on three hits and struck out one. Amber Willis pitched two relief innings. Willis allowed six runs on three hits, striking out two.

McLean County ended the day with a game against Breckinridge County, losing 15-0. Amanda Ecton had the lone hit for the Lady Cougars.

Sarah Johnson suffered the loss on the mound. Johnson allowed seven runs and a hit in one inning. Amber Willis and Ryleigh Durham each pitched relief out of the bullpen.

McLean County will be on the road to Hopkinsville tonight, March 31, for a game against the Lady Tigers. The first pitch is at 6 p.m.

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