Both Miller and Stewart placed Russell (15-14) atop their most dangerous list.
“Russell scares me,” said Stewart, who could possibly face the Lady Devils in the semifinals.
“They’re world beaters when they play us,” Miller added. “You can’t look at their record.”
Lady Devils pitcher Mallory Powell tossed a no-hitter against Ashland earlier this season. She and Menifee County hurler Erika Brewer figure to produce a good show from the circle. The Lady Cats are 13-18.
West Carter (12-13) joins Menifee County as the only two teams with a losing record, but the Lady Comets have a solid pitcher in Leatha Reynolds.
Ashland won both regular season meetings, 10-0 and 17-1.
If three more W’s are in the works for Ashland, it’ll have to accomplish the feat with just three seniors a year after four super seniors — Emily Preece, Kelsee Hammonds, Jordan Hensley and Kat Jackson — graduated.
“Last year the pressure was unbelievable,” Miller said. “This year I don’t feel it. Our girls certainly don’t feel it. They just go play. So, I think it’s going to help. But, the only thing is, I also have first-timers here, I don’t have seasoned kids.”
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