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Dailey helps Bourbon continue winning ways
June 29, 2014By Brad Laux of 1016sports
Thursday, May 1 -- Led by a pair of early home runs and the commanding pitching of Ariel Dailey, No. 3 Bourbon County (15-8) captured its eighth straight victory and improved to 12-0 in 10th Region play and 5-0 in 40th District action with a 6-1 home win over No. 7 Montgomery County (12-8) on Thursday. The hosts also improved their record on their own field to 5-1, out-scoring their foes in the five victories 63-1, while the Lady Indians fell for only the third time in 10 road games this year.
Dailey went the distance in the circle, allowing one earned run on five hits, with eight strikeouts and just two walks. However, her contribution extended beyond the circle, hitting a three-run homer over the right-center field fence in the first inning to open the scoring for the hosts. The Lady Colonels added two more runs in the second inning, courtesy of Emily McGlothin’s two-run blast into the trees beyond the center-field fence.
The hosts used an error, a fielder’s choice, a wild pitch and an infield ground out to secure their sixth run in the bottom of the third. Montgomery got on the board in the top of the fourth after singles by Hunter Scott and Kourtney Parker, and a fielder’s choice by Megan Arrasmith, with the latter eventually scoring.
The Lady Indians led off the fifth with a single, but a double play ended any threat of adding to their score. Bourbon put two runners on base courtesy of errors in the bottom of the fifth, but failed to advance a runner to second. Montgomery pitcher Angel Kidd kept the Lady Colonel bats at bay the rest of the way by retiring the final six batters.
The visitors collected singles in the sixth and seventh innings, but were able to move the runners either time and Dailey ended the game with a strikeout. Both teams finished with five hits, but the Lady Indians committed four errors.
Kidd went the distance and surrendered four earned runs. She did not record a strikeout and walked just one batter. The Lady Colonels scattered their hits throughout the lineup with no one collecting more than one. Bourbon’s Hunter Scott and Brooke Young each had a pair of singles. Kourtney Parker’s infield single led to the team’s lone RBI.
More to come
Pre-game notes: Thursday will be my first head-to-head match up of 1016sports’ ranked softball teams: No. 7 Montgomery County (12-7) at No. 3 Bourbon County (14-8) at 5:45 p.m. It is a rematch of last year’s 10th Region Championship, which the Lady Indians won at Bourbon 2-0. It is also the second meeting this year between the 40th District rivals. The Lady Colonels won the Apr. 17 tilt 16-6 in five innings in Mt. Sterling. In last year’s other meeting in Paris, Bourbon won 11-1 in five innings in the 40th District championship game. This spring, Bourbon is 4-0 in district play and 11-0 vs. region teams, while Montgomery is 2-2 inside the district and 3-2 against regional foes. The Lady Colonels have won their last seven outings, but have not played since an 8-4 neutral-site win over Campbell County on Saturday. Bourbon’s last home game was on Apr. 16, a 6-0 victory over district rival and fourth-ranked George Rogers Clark. On the year, the Lady Colonels are 4-1 at home, having out-scoring their opponents 57-0 in the four wins (each of which was against a 10th Region team). Bourbon’s lone home defeat came on Apr. 10, when it fell to state-ranked Scott County 10-0 in six innings. Over the last four years, Bourbon is 39-11 at home. Montgomery split a pair of home games last Friday, defeating Jeffersontown 15-8 and falling to Johnson Central 12-2 in five innings. Since the last meeting with the Lady Colonels (Apr. 17), the Lady Indians own a 4-3 record. Montgomery is 7-2 on the road this year. The team’s last outing was a 7-3 shortfall against Corbin at the Lady Redhounds’ home tournament on Apr. 19. Prior to that, Montgomery won the previous three road games and is 6-2 away from home in April. The teams split the last two meetings, but the Lady Colonels are 4-2 vs. the Lady Indians since 2012, and are 3-1 at home against MC over the last four years.
See videos: Bourbon County freshman pitcher Ariel Dailey, Bourbon County coach Tony Sosby, Montgomery County coach Bart Rison.