An Enterprise Staff Report
Host Whitley County used an offensive explosion in the fifth inning to rally for a 7-4 victory over Harlan in the Lady Colonel Classic on Friday.
Harlan took the early advantage with three runs in the first inning. Jourdan Ledford doubled to drive in Madison Noe and Madison Brewer in the opening inning. Ledford later scored the final run of the inning on a double by Kristina Fields.
The Lady Dragons extended their lead to four runs in the third inning as Ledford scored on a double by Heather Holland. However, Whitley cut the deficit in half with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Lady Colonels then took control with five runs in the fifth inning. The game was called in the sixth inning due to a tournament time limit.
“I am really proud of the girls. Whitley County just hit a couple of good shots and scored some runs,” said Harlan coach Scott Lewis. “I love where the girls are at right now. They are like sponges and are soaking up everything we are teaching.”
Ledford and Fields led the Lady Dragons at the plate with one double each. Noe, Brewer, Holland and Anna Karst each added a single.
“We hit the ball well, but I expect us to hit the ball,” Lewis said. “Sometimes it doesn’t go as you plan it out, but we will get better with experience.”
Noe recorded three strikeouts in five innings in the loss.
Harlan (7-7) returns to action with a pair of games at Whitley County today. The Lady Dragons will face Clay County at 9 a.m. and Somerset at noon. Whitley County (8-6) will face Clay County.
Harlan 301 000 - 4 6 4
Whitley Co. 002 050 - 7 7 1
Noe, Brewer (6) and Holland; Thacker, Lindsey (1) and Dopel. WP-Lindsey. LP-Noe (6-5).