HALL OF FAME
Nelson' County's Big Inning Puts Away Bardstown
June 14, 2011Bardstown High School
SPRINGFIELD — After struggling early at the plate, Nelson County erupted for 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth on the way to a 17-3 win over Bardstown in the 19th District semifinals at Idle Hour Park.
“It took us a little while” to get the offense going, Nelson County coach John Rogers said. “The delays didn’t let us get in a rhythm at the plate.”
The Cardinals improved to 9-19 with its fourth straight win. Nelson County will try for its 21st straight district title Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Nelson-Bardstown game was delayed twice by weather, and a third thunderstorm blew through the area upon the completion of the four-hour game, forcing the Washington County-Bethlehem game to be postponed to Tuesday after press time.
Nelson pushed four runs across in the bottom of the first, but Bardstown rallied for a pair of runs in the second. The Cardinals got another two more runs in the bottom half of the second, but the Tigers trimmed the lead to 6-3 in the third before the second delay.
Tiger coach Paul Stone said he instructed his players to exercise a disciplined approach at the plate, and his squad was playing with as much confidence as they have all season.
“We were being patient at the plate,” he said. “We told the girls to take the first strike. … We put a lot of balls in play.”
Rogers credited the Tigers with improvement during the season.
“I think there was some nerves (early on with the Cardinals) and Bardstown took advantage of their opportunities,” Rogers said. “The second and third time around, (the Nelson offense) made the adjustments.”
Coming out of the second delay, Rogers said the Cardinals got their act together at the plate, leading to the big inning.
“There was just that confidence in the dugout” during the delay,” he said.
Stone said the Tigers committed a couple fielding miscues in the fourth, and the Cardinals got some hard-hit balls to jump-start their offense.
“It spiraled (downhill) from there,” he said. “I didn’t think Hailey (Mattingly, the Tiger pitcher) pitched that bad. We just didn’t make plays. … (Nelson County) got into a groove.”
Cardinal sophomore Emily Feltner, who came on in relief of freshman Alex Newton in the second inning, tossed a 1-2-3 top of the fifth to end the game. Feltner allowed one run, three hits and one walk while striking out six in 3 2/3 innings of work.
Overall, the Nelson County offense tallied 18 hits. Junior Ashley Gamlin went 4-for-4 and scored all four times she reached base. Seniors Brandi Hood, Alex Mullins and Karis Ball combined to go 7-for-10 at the plate and score eight runs.
Bardstown’s season wraps up at 4-18.
Courtesy of Peter W. Zubaty, Kentucky Standard