Lady ‘Cats win opener after four consecutive rainouts
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor
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FORT CAMPBELL – Over a week into the 2009 season, Trigg County’s softball team finally played its first game of the season Friday. The Lady Wildcats were anxious to take the field, and one could see why after a 10-0 mercy-rule victory at Fort Campbell.

“We showed up for our first game with our socks on wrong and shirttails out, and I told them we looked like a rag-tag bunch,” Trigg head coach Jim Perrin said of the Lady Wildcats before a scheduled game last week. “We looked a lot better [Friday]. We’ve already made progress.”

Trigg’s first four games of the season were postponed due to weather. Perrin said his players were tired of practicing and ready to finally get on the field. Still, the team has room to improve.

“We’ve still got to learn our signals, and we made a whole lot of mistakes,” Perrin said. “We were fortunate to get away with some of those things. Overall, it was nice to get the win.”

Whitney Cain, who missed last season recovering from an injury, threw a five-inning no-hitter for the Lady Wildcats, striking out eight Lady Falcons and walking three.

“I thought Whitney did a fantastic job for her first time out in a while,” Perrin said. “Her velocity was good. She had trouble spotting the ball, but if she gets to where she can spot better, she’ll be a pretty good pitcher.”

At the plate, Trigg failed to score in the first inning despite hitting the ball well. The Lady ‘Cats scored once in the second and opened the flood gates after that with five in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Hannah Oliver drew a one-out walk in the second and later scored on a single by Ashley Noel. Trigg batted around in the third and had RBIs by Oliver, Elizabeth Torian and Jennifer Hyde. Cain had a sacrifice RBI in the fourth, and Dakota Littlejohn and Morgan Parker each drove in runs in the fifth.

“We let one inning go where we had a chance to jump all over them and had a couple of baserunning errors,” Perrin said.

Perrin said playing a less talented team like Fort Campbell gave the Lady ‘Cats a safety net to start the season.

“It gave them a chance to screw up a little and still have a chance to win,” Perrin said. “It’s easier to correct somebody after they’ve played a game. It’s hard to convince them they need to work on something until it happens in a game. I think that will make them more attentive in practice.”

Getting the game in prevented Trigg from going the first three weeks without a game since no games are scheduled this week during Spring Break. Perrin, who coached Christian County’s softball team for two decades, made the Lady Colonels a state power by playing in big tournaments throughout the season, especially during the break.

“Things are a little different here, and we’re trying to change the attitude,” Perrin said. “If we can get our facilities and equipment better and start winning some games, I think we’ll have more little girls that want to play softball.”

Trigg will host Lyon County in a rescheduled game Monday and Todd County Central at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The original season-opener at Todd has been rescheduled to April 20.

Rained-out contests against Livingston Central and Mayfield are in the process of being rescheduled.

At Fort Campbell, Ashley Noel picked up the win on the mound for Trigg in an 8-0 victory.

Trigg County 10,

Fort Campbell 0

Friday @ Fort Campbell

Trigg 015 13 – 10 4 0

Ft. C 000 00 – 0 0 2

TEAM STATS

Pitching

Trigg: Cain (W) – 5 IP, O R,

O H, 8 K, 3 BB



Hitting

Trigg: Noel – 1-3, RBI

Oliver – 1-1, RBI, 2

runs

Torian – 0-2, run, RBI

Hyde – run, RBI

Bush – 0-2, 2 runs

Cain – 0-2, run, RBI

McGee – 0-1, run

Parker – 1-2, run, RBI
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