After seeing their share of struggles over the past week, the Christian County Lady Colonels got back on the winning track with a big road win Thursday evening. Behind a stellar effort in the circle from Hannah Sumner, the Lady Colonels took down the Madisonville Lady Maroons 3-1 for their 5th straight win in the series over the last two seasons.
Sumner held the Lady Maroons to just two hits over the first six innings, and just four hits for the game. The only run Madisonville scored was in the 7th inning after Christian County was out to a 3-0 lead. The only real trouble for Sumner came in the 3rd inning when Madisonville loaded the bases with two outs, but Sumner was able to induce a ground out to end the inning.
On the other side, Madisonville hurler Courtney Pattterson was nearly as good. Patterson limited the Lady Colonels to 3 runs, two of them unearned, on just five hits.
After a tight pitchers’ duel for the first three innings, Christian County got on the board first in the top of the 4th inning when Tyler Shemwell crushed one over the centerfield fence to give the Lady Colonels a 1-0 lead.
Patterson’s defense then let her down in the 5th inning, in what turned out to be the decisive moments of the game. After a one out bloop single from Macy Lancaster, and a slap single to centerfield by Pickle Winkler, the Lady Colonels found themselves with runners on first and second. Emmy Blane then laid down a bunt, but the throw to first was wide, allowing Lancaster to score. Then, in an effort to keep Winkler from scoring, the Lady Maroons had another errant throw, with Winkler making it to home to extend the lead to 3-0.
Hannah Sumner was then able to close out the game, knocking down a threat that saw Madisonville score their only run in the 7th inning.
Pickle Winker was 2-4 for the Lady Colonels. Tyler Shemwell was 1-3, with a home run, and an RBI.
Hannah Sumner went the distance for Christian County, giving up one earned run, on four hits, striking out two, while walking only one.