Hawkins shuts down Lady Raiders as Carroll pounds out 12-0 softball win
Saturday, April 19, 2014 5:00 AM
Carroll County pitcher Sarah Hawkins yielded just three hits over six innings and was an offensive force as well to lead the Panthers to a one-sided 12-0, six-inning softball victory over Trimble County on Friday in Bedford.
QUICK FLIP: Trimble County shortstop Paige Black (2) under hands the ball to second baseman Jesse Dunlap to complete a force-out during Friday’s contest in Bedford. There weren’t enough such plays for Trimble County on the day, as Carroll County rolled to a 12-0 win. (Staff photo by David Hill)
"This was one of our better games both offensively and defensively," Carroll County coach Dennis Hawkins said. "We made the plays on defense, our pitching was on the mark and we had great hitting.
"I thought Sarah had one of her better games," the coach added. "Sarah had a great game at the plate. She had three or four hits and was making really good contact."
Sarah Hawkins got the Panthers off and running in the first inning. Two outs after Haley Dermon and Kayla Williamson led the game off with base hits, Hawkins lined a single to the outfield to give Carroll a 2-0 lead. She later plated three more runs on a pair of doubles.
Carroll County (9-4) added three runs in the third and single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before blowing the game wide open with a five-spot in the sixth. Also getting in on the offense were Kayla Williamson with a double, Mackenzie Hawkins with a run-scoring triple and Kelsey Ogden with a two-run double.
Trimble County starter and pitcher of record Michaela Roberts made quick work of the Panthers in the second inning when she struck out the side, but the going was a lot rougher the rest of the way as the Panthers put runs on the board in every other inning.
Trimble County head coach Tonya Black, whose Raiders won their first game of the season - an 11-0 decision over South Oldham earlier this week - is optimistic things will turn around for her team.
"If we can just get some games under our belts, I think we can make some noise," Black said of her 1-5 Raiders. "Some of our opponents have played 12 to 15 games. The weather we've been experiencing hasn't helped either. We haven't been able to play several days in a row."
However, Black was quick to give credit to the Panthers.
"(Carroll County) has six or seven seniors who always hit the ball well," she said. "I thought we hit the ball well today, but it didn't go anywhere - there were lots of ground-outs and pop-flies."
Coach Hawkins liked what he saw from his daughter's pitching, especially early in the contest.
"She had a really good off-speed pitch and (Trimble County) couldn't figure it out, the coach said. "When they did make contact, our fielders were right there to grab it."
Both teams return to action Monday when Carroll County hosts Shelby County and Trimble County hosts Gallatin County.