Lady Cards round-up 6 wins and 1 loss
By Amanda Lowrance
The Adamsville Lady Cardinals pulled in six wins and one loss in just three days to end their 2011 regular season. They then went on to defeat South Gibson High School in the opening round of the District 15A tournament.
The team traveled to Middleton on Thursday, April 28, after a 17-1 win over the Lady Tigers on senior night, to shut out Middleton 20-0 on their home field.
“We played a good all-around game,” said Coach Todd McGee. “Good to get another district win.”
Taylor Hutton led the Lady Cards on the mound, allowing only one hit.
Corrie Hill went 2 for 2 with a double. Macayla Kiddly was 3 for 3 at bat, Brittany Lambert 3-4, Danielle Plunk 2-2, and Whitney Wrzensniewski 1-4. Olivia Johnson and Amanda Krenson were 1-1 and Kristina Milford was 1 for 2.
On Friday and Saturday, Adamsville competed in the Jackson North Side Tournament.
The first game was against Madison, which was decided 4-2 in favor of the Lady Cards.
Hutton took the win from the circle. Nikki White was 2 for 2 with a home run. Wrzeniewski went 2-2 with a double. Johnson and Hill were 1 for 2 and Lambert was 1-3.
The last matchup on Friday was against the hosting North Side Lady Indians. Adamsville won by one run, 5-4.
Samantha Oaks was the winning pitcher. Plunk was 1 for 3 with a home run. Kiddy and Hill also went 1-3, and Krenson was 2 for 2. Bailey Wicker and Wrzeniewski were 1 for 2.
Saturday began with a win against Briarcrest Christian, 9-6. Oaks was the starting pitcher and was saved by Hutton.
Milford went 3-3 with a double. White and Wrzeniewski were 2 for 3, and each hit a double. Wicker was 2-4, Kiddy 2-3, Krenson 1-2, and Plunk and Lambert were 1-4.
Hardin County also lost to Adamsville, 6-2, with Hutton on the mound.
Kiddy, Johnson, and Krenson were 1 for 3, and each hit a double. Wicker, Lambert, and Hill were 2 for 3. Milford and White went 1-2.
Liberty then forfeited a game against Adamsville, giving the Lady Cards another win.
Adamsville’s one loss of the weekend came on Saturday, the final day of the tournament, against Munford 6-0.
Hutton had the loss. Kiddy, Krenson and Milford each were 1-2 at bat.
“We had a great tournament. We had good pitching and really hit the ball well,” McGee said.
The Lady Cards finished regular season play at 14-16-1.
The Lady Cardinals hosted the Lady Hornets of South Gibson High School Thursday evening in opening round play of the District 15A tournament and eked out a 7-6 victory.
“We did a good job of putting the ball in play and making them get us out,” said Coach Todd McGee. “I told the girls before the game it would take six to eight runs to win this game, and it took every run we got to get the win. I thought Taylor got stronger as the game went on, although she was having some problems with her control.
AHS starting pitcher Taylor Hutton had a scoreless first inning which was helped by catcher Brittany Lambert gunning down a would-be base stealer.
The Lady Cards came out of the gates quickly, sending eight batters to the plate,posting three first inning runs on three hits. One of the key plays in keeping the inning going was a nice slide at home plate with Macayla Kiddy just getting in under the tag.
South Gibson took advantage of an error, two walks and a big two-out double which just evaded left fielder Nikki White, to put two second inning runs on the board and cut the AHS lead to one.
AHS went in order in the home half of the second and going to the third, held a slim 3-2 lead.
Hutton and her defense shut down the Lady Hornets in the top of the third and AHS came to the plate looking to extend their lead.
The Lady Cardinals put another crooked number in the bottom of the inning, scoring three more big runs. AHS scored three by taking advantage of two South Gibson errors, two walks and only one hit by Danielle Plunk.
The Lady Hornets managed to post a single run in the top of the fourth on a walk, an error, a bunt single and some confusion on an infield fly rule play. SGHS still trailed 6-3 heading to the bottom of the inning.
AHS answered with a single tally of their own, using a double by Kiddy, a useful ground out by Lambert and a sacrifice fly by Plunk.
Hutton had her best inning of the night in the fifth, quickly sending the Lady Hornets back to the field. She walked one but struck out the side to keep the score 7-3.
AHS had a couple of hits in the fifth but could not get a runner across the plate.
In sixth inning play SGHS scratched out one run on walk, a bunt single and couple of ground balls. Hutton got out of the inning after making a desperate stab at a hard hit ball that appeared about to hit her, and throwing the runner out at first for out number three.
AHS was quickly retired in the bottom of the sixth and the contest moved to the seventh with the Lady Cards up 7-4.
SGHS quickly got a rally going on a solid single and back-to-back Lady Cardinal errors. Samantha Oaks was then brought to the mound to relieve Hutton with the bases loaded and nobody out. SGHS put two runs up on a sacrifice fly and a force play at second base. AHS then committed another error, putting the tying run at third base and the go-ahead run at first base. The final batter for the Lady Hornets put the ball in play, but was called out on a bang-bang play at first base, preserving the 7-6 victory for the Lady Cardinals.
“It was a good win in what was quite possibly our senior’s final home game,” said McGee. “I was pretty tickled, but not with our fielding.”
Hutton was the winning pitcher, going six innings, allowing six runs, five hits, 8 walks, and struck out seven. Oaks did an excellent job, coming in to a tough jam and picking up the save by getting the final three outs.
Both teams moved on in the double-elimination district tournament at TCA in Jackson.
Lady Cardinal leading hitters: Danielle Plunk 3-3 with a double and an RBI; Macayla Kiddy 2-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored; Whitney Wrzesniewski 2-3 with an RBI.