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PREP SOFTBALL: Meade County blanks Central (05/12)

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By Greg Crews

 

By GREG CREWS gcrews@thenewsenterprise.com CECILIA — The Central Hardin Lady Bruins finally had their ace back in the circle, but the Meade County Lady Waves didn’t seem to care. The No. 9 Lady Waves spoiled sophomore pitcher Kristina Krupinski’s return from injury as they posted their sixth consecutive shutout in a 6-0 win over the homestanding Lady Bruins on Monday. “We played amazing. Our defense was great and we started to hit the ball a little better,” said freshman pitcher Amanda Logsdon, who allowed only three hits and two walks in a complete-game effort. Meade County (23-3) used its typical small-ball style to get out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning before all but closing the door on the Lady Bruins (16-8) with three more runs in the fifth. “I expected us to be a little rusty since we had a week off due to prom,” Central Hardin coach Mark Martin said, “but the thing I’m disappointed about is that we didn’t show any fight to get back in the game.” Through six innings, Logsdon had faced the minimum number of batters (18). Three batters did reach base during that span, but all three were gunned down on the bases, including one runner who was attempting to tag up for home but was thrown out in the fifth inning on a near perfect throw by sophomore left fielder Kristin Benton. “(Amanda) did a fabulous job after being off for (six) days and our defense played extremely well behind her,” said Meade County coach Mike Harreld, whose team has posted 11 shutouts and is giving up a mere 1.4 runs per game. “I feel like our defense is one of our strongest points. Usually we make one or two errors that keep us from getting that shutout, but lately we’ve been doing a better job with that. “I don’t know if we’ve ever had this many shutouts in a season since I have been here,” the 19-year veteran added. Sophomore shortstop Kayla Padgett led off the game with a walk, stole second, moved to third on an infield ground out and scored what proved to be the winning run on a single through the infield by Benton. “Coach told us that (the Lady Bruins) were going to be pretty good, so we came out strong,” said Benton, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, one batted in and a stolen base. “We all just came out to play today. We all just came out and did our thing.” After her hit, Benton went to steal second and was hit in the back on the throw from the catcher. The ball deflected away from the defense and Benton advanced to third before being brought home for a 2-0 lead on a single by junior Erin Sireno, who went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Krupinski seemed to settle into the game after the first inning, giving up two hits while striking out three over the next three innings. In the fifth inning, however, the Lady Waves got a rally going. With two outs and sophomore designated hitter Raymie Greenwell on third base, junior second baseman Mallory Wathen plated the run and sparked the offense as she legged out an infield single. The next three batters — Benton, sophomore Scarlett Powers and Sireno — also singled to tack on two more runs and stretch the lead to 5-0. Meade County scored its final run in the seventh inning as freshman pinch runner Ashlee Sireno stole third and came home on an infield error. The loss marked Central Hardin’s sixth in the last 10 games and kicked off the final week of the regular season, which includes four more games for the Lady Bruins that could prove to be crucial. “These games are important for a couple of reasons,” Martin said. “You would like that momentum heading into the (17th) District Tournament and you want to be able to make those last-minute changes to your lineup and tweak your batting order. “It is going to be important for us to try to get a little momentum.” MEADE COUNTY 6, CENTRAL HARDIN 0                                                 R H E Meade County          200   030 1  6 10 0 Central Hardin          000   000 0 0 3 1 Amanda Logsdon and Taylor Smith, Erin Benton (7). WP: Logsdon (8-3). LP: Kristina Krupinski (9-6). 2B: Kayla Padgett (MC). 3B: Alanna Stanton (CH). UP NEXT: Central Hardin plays at Grayson County at 6 p.m. today. Meade County plays at Bullitt East at 5:30 p.m. today. Greg Crews can be reached at 505-1754