Brian Littleton doesn’t trainer softball from sport to sport.
“Our job is just to get better every inning, every practice and every game,” Mason County’s trainer mentioned. “ … We go inning-to-inning – learning where to be where to be when the ball’s hit and how to catch it and how to throw it.”
The Lady Royals gave Littleton seven fruitful frames Monday – a 10-0 shutout of St. Patrick at Wald Park’s Blakefield-Owens Field.
Mason County (3-8 and 1-1 within the thirty ninth District) received their 2d instantly sport (the Lady Royals defeated Calvary Christian, 9-2, on Saturday in Taylor Mill) – which is so much nicer than seven instantly losses.
“That felt good,” Lady Royals shortstop Kenzie Gulley mentioned of the ultimate two video games. “I just kept my head up and kept going.”
Mason County unleashed a varied assault from the plate and the circle.
There was once extra-base energy: Gulley, 2-for-4, with a double, a triple and 3 runs scored; catcher Allison Gibbs, 2-for-4 with a run-scoring double, a unmarried and two runs; 2d baseman Shelby Thompson, two runs scored; 3rd baseman Stevie Foley, an RBI double and a run; and left fielder Reese Hardeman added a double.
As for pitching, Mason County’s Marcella Gifford allowed simply two hits and struck out seven. She additionally had a no-hitter going throughout the fourth.
St. Patrick fell to 3-4 and 1-1 within the district. It didn’t take Lady Saints trainer Ronnie Clos lengthy to diagnose the issue.
“You can’t catch the ball, you can’t hit the ball, you ain’t going to win the game,” Clos mentioned. “ … The last four innings, five innings, we did a great job playing defense; the first two innings, we didn’t.”
Mason County opened with a three-spot. Gibbs’ double plated Gulley, Gibbs got here house on a wild pitch, and Thompson scored on a handed ball.
The Lady Royals despatched 11 batters to the plate of their five-run 2d inning. Gibbs’ run-scoring unmarried, Foley’s double and successful pitcher Marcella Gifford’s sacrifice fly accounted for 3 of the tallies.
Gulley’s triple to proper box opened the 3rd; she scored on an error.
The Lady Saints broke up Gifford’s no hitter within the 5th on singles by means of Mercedes Hedgecock and Caroline Day.
Hardeman’s double opened the 7th. She scored on Alisha Applegate’s sacrifice fly.
“Everything’s gotten better,” Littleton mentioned. “Even when our pitchers were throwing strikes, we weren’t making plays in the field at times. And now, it’s all coming together.”
Mason County hosts West Carter at 6 p.m. Tuesday. St. Patrick heads to Brooksville for a 5:30 p.m. Tuesday contest at Bracken County.
LADY ROYALS 10, LADY SAINTS 0
MASON COUNTY — 351 000 1 – 10-8-2
SAINT PATRICK — 000 000 0 – 0-2-4
2B — Gibbs (MC), Gulley (MC), Foley (MC), Hardeman (MC)
3B — Gulley (MC).
Records: Mason County 3-8, St. Patrick 3-4