Goshen splits County softball games Friday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 1, 2003

The Goshen High School Lady Eagles recorded a 20-0 victory against Pike County in the first game of their doubleheader, but fell victim to 5A Charles Henderson High School 12-1.

Against the Lady Bulldogs, the Lady Eagles only recorded six hits that led to 5 runs. The other 15 runs were scored from walks.

"Pitching is the name of the game," said Dee Murphy, coach of the Lady Eagles. "They are going to have to get there. They are really weak and they just haven't had anyone to work with them. Its going to be a long season for them."

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Everyone on the Lady Eagles roster scored during the first game of the day.

At the end of the first inning, the Lady Eagles were up 11-0.

The Lady Eagles tacked on nine more runs in the bottom of the second inning bringing the score to 20-0.

"We will get better," said Mary Joe Price, coach of the Lady Bulldogs. "We need to work on a lot of pitching and a lot of defense but we will do it."

Lady Eagles pitcher Candi Faulkner struck out the side in the top of the third inning after giving up a single to the Lady Bulldogs Tasheria Patterson.

The game was called after two-and-a-half innings because of the mercy rule.

In the second game of the day, the Lady Eagles took the field against Charles Henderson High School.

The two teams were stalemated in the first three innings of the game.

Clair Goodson recorded the first hit of the game with a single up the middle for the Lady Trojans. In the bottom of the second inning, the Lady Eagles fired back with a hit of their own.

"They are definitely the toughest team we are going to face," Hughes said. "I think we did a good job, our pitching just wasn't strong enough to last the whole game."

CCHS put the first runs of the game on the board in the top of the third inning.

Goodson doubled to left field and scored Natalie Patterson to put them up 1-0. The Lady Trojans tacked on a second run one batter later on a fielder's choice to give them a 2-0 lead.

"Our pitchers had to learn to come back with some composure pitching," Hughes said. "We are lacking that."

CCHS added three more runs in the top of the fourth to go up 5-0. Troy's lead expanded to 10-0 over the next three innings and went up to 12-0 following a Chelsea Howard two run blast to dead centerfield.

Goshen broke the shutout in the bottom of the final inning.

"One thing I can say is that we have a lot of seniors on our team and their heart is into it, and they give me everything they've got," Hughes said. "I told them that good things are really going to come from this team this year. They are totally committed."

Faulkner, who took the mound in the fifth inning, helped herself out on the field. After she was walked, she stole second and then advanced to third on a sacrifice fly. She went on to score following a fielder's choice play, bringing the score to its final of 12-1.