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Junior pitcher Emma Dahlstrom delivers during Softball Colonels “huge” win over Western Hills

Dahlstrom finished her brilliant pitching night fanning 11 Lady Wolverines batters, while senior Micah Olson collected three hits

IVAN K. RICE I doctorofsports@aol.com

 

PARIS – The Bourbon County Lady Colonels softball team opened their 2024 spring season, their third under Head Coach Alex Hardy, with a huge win over the Lady Wolverines of Western Hills, a consensus top five region team playing out of the always tough 11th Region.

The 8-2 victory erased bad memories the previous two years the Colonels faced Western Hills under Coach Hardy that saw the team from Frankfort outscore them 24-2. So, when Bourbon calls this a “huge” win, it most certainly was a huge win for the program that’s trying to get back to the days when they were a perennial power in the 10th region.

WATCH ME WORK – Junior pitcher Emma Dahlstrom picked up the win against Western Hills that saw her strikeout 11 batters.                   

“It was a big win,” said the Colonels Coach, who saw his team win their first season opener since 2021 and their first road season opening victory since 2019.

Led by the strong pitching of junior Emma Dahlstrom and the hitting of senior Micah Olson, Bourbon jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Junior Abby Hays’ base hit plated senior Kaydance Durrum and Dahlstrom, who both reached base safely on singles.

The Colonels maintained their 2-0 advantage into the third inning before Western Hills finally put a run on the board to make it 2-1. This came after Dahlstrom had struck out the side in the second inning. Senior Mykenzie Hellard reached base on a single and then came around to score following a Bourbon fielding error.

Hays led off BC’s bottom half of the fourth with a single to right field and then scored on Olson’s rope to left field to make it 3-1 Colonels heading into the fifth.

After both teams failed to produce a run in the fifth inning, Western Hills (3-1) finally scored their second run off Dahlstrom in their top half of the sixth when junior Karingotn Briscoe, who reached base safely on a single, came around to score on junior Kylie Markin’s fielder’s choice.

Bourbon County would then put the game away in the bottom of the inning by scoring five runs.

The big hits came off the bats of senior Katie Witt, double, and junior Destiny Allison, single, with each knocking in two runs. Crossing the plate for Hardy’s team were Witt, senior Kendall Flower, Olson, sophomore Addison Puckett, and Allison. Also collecting a hit each during the frame that saw BC send 12 batters to the plate, where Olson, Puckett, and Allison.

Dahlstrom got the complete game win allowing one earned run, while striking out 11 Wolverines.

COACH – Alex Hardy begins his third year as the Lady Colonels Head Softball Coach.

Olson led the Colonels offense with three hits, while Hays, Witt and Allison (3 RBI) belted out two hits each. Delivering one hit were Fowler, junior Arielle Vance, Puckett, Dahlstrom and Durrum.

Coach Hardy had this to say about this season moving forward.

“I’m very excited about the season. We have a mature team with great senior leadership and a hunger to win. We also have strong pitching with Dahlstrom and Vance.” Those seniors are Durrum, Fowler, Olson, Ava Ward and Witt.

Bourbon (1-0) is scheduled to face undefeated Nicholas County (3-0) today at 5:30 at John Sosby Field.

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