After suffering just their third loss of the season two days prior, the Lady Cardinals were back in action Thursday afternoon when they played host to the Gallatin County Lady Hawks in Greater Egyptian Conference play.
First inning action would witness the Lady Hawks striking first as they pushed one across the plate in the top of the first to claim the first lead of the game at 1-0. The Lady Cardinals bounced back nicely in the bottom of the first inning by putting together five consecutive hits to plate three runs of their own which allowed NCOE to take the 3-1 lead. This lead was short lived as the Lady Hawks capitalized on some fielding miscues to score three more runs in the top of the second inning to take the lead back at 4-3. Two more runs by the Lady Cardinals in the bottom of the second inning brought on yet another lead change as NCOE was back in front 5-4. The see saw action continued in the top of the third inning when Gallatin County pushed two more runs across the plate to reclaim their earlier. Now trailing, 6-5, the Lady Cardinals knew they had to get things together and they started to make their come back in the bottom of the fourth inning when they scored one run to tie the game at 6-all. This tie did not last long for the Lady Hawks struck for another run in the top of the fifth inning to go back in front 7-6. Kenlee Cole took matters into her own hands in the bottom of the fifth inning when she led the inning off with a solo shot to center field to knot the game once again at 7-all. This would be the end of the back and forth game as NCOE put things together on the defensive end and held the Lady Hawks scoreless the remainder of the game along with staging a four run sixth inning to go on to claim the 11-7 victory.
Haleigh Poole, Mattie Wells, and Kenlee Cole led the team with three hits a piece followed by two hits from Emma Tauiliili, Madyson Barton, Natalie Wilson, Madison Cox, and Katie Wimer. Cole and Poole were the teams RBI leaders as each knocked in four followed by one each from Cox and K. Wimer. Those scoring runs in the contest were Natalie Wilson (3), Madyson Barton (2), Mattie Wells (2), Sarah Wimer (1), Madison Cox (1), Kenlee Cole (1), and Haliegh Poole (1).
Erin Wicker picked up the complete game victory as she fired all seven innings allowing seven runs (3 earned) on eight hits and striking out three.