PHELPS, Ky. – The Phelps Lady Hornets have had a big week and they just capped it off with a 12-2 win over the Tug Valley Lady Panthers on Tuesday evening.
Phelps is settling into their new field like a bed with freshly washed bed sheets. The Lady Hornets just pulled off a win over the Betsy Layne Lady Bobcats on Monday during the grand opening of the new field and just followed that win up with another over the Lady Panthers.
The Lady Hornets moved into a record of 6-6 on the season after losing three straight games in mid-April, now they are putting together a winning streak to finish off the month of April. The Lady Hornets have big match-ups arriving after spring break is through. On April 25 they will host the Belfry Lady Pirates, which will be a crucial district game with the Lady Hornets at a 0-2 district record. Phelps needs to add some district wins before the month of May and the Lady Hornets will have back-to-back shots.
Lawrence County will come to the Hornets’ nest on April 26. That will be back to back district games. This will be the first meeting between Phelps and the Lady Bulldogs from Lawrence County and the Lady Hornets will have to bring their “A” game as the Lady Bulldogs will bring a record of 11-8 with a perfect 4-0 district record.
The Lady Hornets showed no signs of falling apart on Tuesday as they finished the last three innings combining for 11 runs. The Lady Panthers scored two runs in the fourth inning. The Lady Hornets were able to get ten more batters up than the Lady Panthers could. Phelps used two pitchers; Hannah Layne with Bekka Turner closing, while Tug Valley leaned on their ace pitcher, Caylee Akers for the entire five innings.
Layne gave up zero runs and had five strikeouts while Turner gave up two runs with three strikeouts. Akers finished the game with six strikeouts, and six walks out of 116 pitches.
Phelps’s lead-off hitter, Danielle Prater set the tone for the Lady Hornets once more with three runs scored, Kryslin Obermuller had two runs, Lauren Briggs had two runs, Lakin Dotson scored a run, Hannah Blankenship scored a run, Katie Hinkle scored a run, Sierra Sincell scored a run, and Kirstin Justice scored a run.
The Lady Hornets had 11 hits with seven RBI’s. Sydney Whitt had the only hit for Tug Valley. Shae and Skylar Mitchell scored the two runs in the fourth. Rebakkah White had the only RBI for the Lady Panthers.
The Lady Hornets now have five days to rest before the district games come creeping up. The Lady Panthers will not return to action until April 30 when they face the Mingo Central Lady Miners at Delbarton.
Score by innings:
T. Valley: 0 0 0 2 0 – 2 1 4
Phelps: 1 0 4 4 3 – 12 11 2
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)