Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 12, 2013

Russell-Flatwoods falls at State

Staff Report

LONDON — After making a run in district, the Russell-Flatwoods 11-12 year old softball team’s season is over after losing its second game at the state tournament in London.

Russell-Flatwoods fell to Clay County 10-1 to pick up its second loss in the double elimination tournament.

Russell-Flatwoods failed to make a lot of contact on the ball, getting only six hits in the game.

Russell-Flatwoods coach Chris Lawler said Clay County’s pitcher was the reason his team struggled to get more runs.

“They had just a really dominant pitcher,”  Lawler said. “She was just ... the best pitcher we’ve seen this postseason.”

Lawler said no one on his team had more than one hit, and could only get one run across the plate.  Russell-Flatwoods one run came after Haven Layne hit a triple to lead off the inning, and   Krissy Hall sacrificed her later in the inning to score the lone run.

Other members of the Russell-Flatwoods team to get hits were Graceā€ˆOsborne, Maddie Hale and MaKayla Fraley.

Cameryn Ratliff started the game for Russell-Flatwoods on the circle and went five innings. Layne finished the game by pitching the sixth inning.

 Russell-Flatwoods’ team struggled with inexperience and youth, and featured six 11-year olds on the team.

But for Lawler, the season was one to remember.

“They played their hearts out,” Lawler said. “But they just came up short.”