In a shootout at the Greenup Corral, Russell had just enough ammo to fend off the Lady Musketeers 8-5 Thursday.

Russell coach Ron Osborn said his team was short on ammo after a grueling 3-2 win Wednesday over Wheelersburg, but his team dodged enough bullets to collect the team’s 20th win on the season.

“We had one pretty bad inning where we through the ball around there, but until that point we pretty well had things in hand,” Osborn said.

Osborn spoke of the fourth inning when Greenup County scraped together three runs with two outs off of a pair of walks and a Russell throwing error.

Like much of the game, the inning was played in a steady rain that made field conditions difficult for both teams. The result was nine errors and nine walks between the two squads.

“We are a fair-weather team,” Osborn said. “We rely on speed and today, it wasn’t there for us.”

Greenup County coach Jeani Gollihue joked that she had made a deal against the Lady Devils, ironically with the Devil himself.

“It seemed like for three or four innings, every time Russell was in the field, it started raining,” Gollihue said. “I told them we had a deal with the devil.”

Gollihue’s deal-making devil was not enough to overcome her team shooting itself in the collective foot with six errors, leading to three Russell runs.

The Lady Musketeers also were shot down by 12 strikeouts from Russell’s Marissa Adkins. Eight of Adkins’s 12 strikeouts came from the 2-5 hitters.

“The people that I put together don’t hit at the same time,” Gollihue said. “I’ll rearrange them by how they are hitting and it’s the same thing.”

Adkins picked up a pair of strikeouts in each of the third and fourth innings to minimize damage after Greenup County put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs in each frame.

With Russell leading 6-1 in the fourth, Adkins nearly got out of the inning unscathed after Kailee Waller went down swinging for the second out. However, a pair of walks, a throwing error and a wild pitch plated three runs to cut the lead to 6-4.

Although Greenup County got no closer, Gollihue was pleased that her team showed confidence today, a confidence they had lacked in the previous four meetings.

The Lady Musketeers had fallen to Russell by a combined score of 44-3 dating back to the start of the 2005 season.

“They learned a lot tonight,” Gollihue said. “They learned that they could stand up there and battle. Last time, we were intimidated. It was deer in headlights. We still didn’t make all the plays we could, but we weren’t back on our heels.”

Both teams return to action Friday where Russell will take part in the Lowe’s Classic at North Laurel while Greenup County travels to West Carter.

RUSSELL 220 210 1 — 8 10 3

GREENUP CO. 100 301 0 — 5 5 6

Adkns and Gehringer. Justice and Latimer. W — Adkins. L — Justice. 2B — Troxler (GC). 3B — Huston (R), Gehringer (R). Multiple hits: Tabler (R) 2-3, Ferry (R) 2-3, Sparks (R) 2-4; Lyle (GC) 2-3.

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