Salem softball wins county title PDF Print E-mail

Last week was filled with highs and lows for the SHS girls’ softball team.
The Lady Lions started the week with a loss to BNL, regrouped to win an easy game over Austin.
They lost at Clarksville last Thursday and then rebounded to beat WW and Eastern in the annual county classic.
The win against Austin was historic as the Lady Lions’ pitcher, Amber Kilburn threw a no-hitter.

The only four base runners she allowed came off walks.
While Kilburn was cruising in the circle, Salem’s offense was clicking on all cylinders.
Kilburn and Brittany Walker each collected a double and Morgan Hasty hit two two-baggers.
Alex Davidson hit a triple for the Lady Lions.
Hasty also had three runs batted in and Davidson had two in the 15-0 route.
Salem lost 11-0 to the BNL Lady Stars and fell 4-2 to Clarksville last Thursday.
In the county tournament, Salem won a nail-bitter against Eastern and beat WW 11-3.
“Eastern played a very tough game against us,” said SHS Head Coach Jennifer Mills. “Coach Wininger should be applauded and Eastern should be proud of how far they have come this season!  They really almost got us in the end, but an amazing play by our Senior, Rachel Bowling saved us! 
“Our hitting was not consistent and we could not put anything together in that game like we should have.”
As usually happens in the Salem-West Washington rivalry, things were hotly contested.
In the end, the Lady Lions scored three runs in the first and sven in the second and then held on for the win.
Playing well for the Lady Lions were a number of players.
Mills said senior, Rachel Bowling made a game-saving play to end the Eastern game by making a leaping very athletic catch behind first base and also had two other great plays in the West Washington game at second base.
Hasty hit a three-run homerun to get the hitting going for Salem after the Lady Lions gave up two runs in the first inning. 
“Once we got past our bad first inning with West Washington, Davidson & Kilburn had their bats going and we never looked back,” she said.
Mills said Salem’s pitchers were also clicking on all cylinders.
“The combo of Emily Brishaber and Amber Kilburn was key,” she said. “Emily is getting very strong and has been able to go a lot more quality innings.  Amber, since the Austin game and throwing a no-hitter has really made strides in keeping her composure and throwing some quality innings to give Brishaber some relief.”
With the county title in hand, Mills and the Lady Lions will now focus on the Mid Southern Conference and sectional.
Salem is currently third in MSC play, but must stay focused if they want to have a shot.
“We are currently tied for third in the MSC & with some big games left, we can still make a run at a conference title,” she said. “Anything can happen in our sectional and conference in this remaining part of our season! It’s exciting and scary at the same time for this young group of girls!”
Boone DeFord also gathered information for this story.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:30