Lady Bulldogs drop two in home opening doubleheader

Burgin 2-4 To Start Season

Burgin freshman Grace Cocanougher works behind the plate against Robertson County on Saturday, April 6. (Photo by Arpan Dixit)

 

Arpan Dixit
Herald Staff
sports@harrodsburgherald.com

The Burgin Lady Bulldogs softball team is off to a 2-4 start to the 2019 season, their best start under Head Coach Taylor Bottoms, who is in her third season.

“We had a pretty good start to the season with a win against Shawnee. I think that gave the girls some much needed confidence heading into the season. Our loss against Menifee was tough. We had one bad inning, but it was a good for the girls to see that we have to play all seven innings,” said Bottoms. “The girls came back with a good win against Lee County. We are still working on refining our fundamentals and making routine plays. As always, we are working to build confidence at the plate.”

Burgin’s lone senior, Millie Hammons, has taken a big leadership role in her final year of eligibility.

“Millie (Hammons) is undoubtedly the leader of our team. Being our only senior and one of very few upperclassmen, I rely on her to be our voice on the field,” said Bottoms. “She encourages communication on the field and keeps her teammates accountable.”

Their most recent two games, coming in their home opening doubleheader, was against the Robertson County Lady Devils (3-2) on Saturday, April 6.

Burgin dropped both games.

Here is a recap.

Game 2

The Lady Devils took the second game of a double header 14-5.

Freshman Brittany Yates took the loss, pitching seven innings.

Yates, Millie Hammons, junior Madison Gilkison, junior Brianna Sewell and freshman Grace Cocanougher each had one RBI to account for the five runs for Burgin.

“We were a completely different team in terms of effort in the second game against Roberstson County than the first game. We got behind in the first game and gave up quickly. We were coming off a two-week Spring break, which always makes it hard to get back into a groove,” said Bottoms. “We still struggled in the second game, but we had more action at the plate. I think Saturday was a good learning experience for the team, despite the losses. The girls are starting to self-evaluate and reflect on their performance, both individually and as a team.”

STATS:

B. Sewell: 2/3, 1 RBI, 1 R

M. Hammons: 2/3, 1 RBI, 1 R

Yates: 2/4, 1 RBI, 1 R

K. Hammons: 1/4, 1 R

Gilkison: 1/4, 1 RBI

H. Sewell: 1/4

Cocanougher: 4/4, 1 RBI, 1 R

McCray: 1/3

Game 1

In the first game of the double header, the Lady Devils won 10-0 in six innings.

Yates took the loss, pitching all six innings.

The Lady Bulldogs couldn’t garner a hit. Junior Kelci Hammons and freshman Peighton Sebastian each were walked once, accounting for the only baserunners for Burgin.

The Lady Bulldogs will be back on the field today, Thursday, April 11, as they travel to Frankfort High School to take on the Lady Panthers. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

PHOTOS BY ARPAN DIXIT:

Burgin senior Millie Hammons focuses before making contact in one of her plate appearances against Robertson County on Saturday, April 6.

Burgin junior Brianna Sewell fields a ball in center field and looks for the relay against Robertson County on Saturday, April 6.

Burgin freshman Peighten Sebastion gets ready at second base before the pitch against Robertson County on Saturday, April 6.

Burgin freshman Brittany Yates unleashes a pitch against Robertson County on Saturday, April 6. Yates pitched both games on the mound in the doubleheader.

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