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Kelly powers by Lady Rams in semifinals

Sunday, October 12, 2008

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Members of the Kelly Lady Hawks congratulate Casey Kern (7) after her home run in the Class 2, District 2 semifinal game on Friday afternoon. David Jenkins, Staff
BENTON -- The Kelly Lady Hawks moved one step further towards a district title on Friday afternoon using a combination of stellar hitting and the arm of Danielle Dock to cruise past the Scott City Rams 15-0 after four innings.

"We hit extremely well," Kelly head coach Rhonda Ratledge said. "The girls came out swinging. We got our timing down and laid it in there."

The No. 1 seed Lady Hawks connected for four extra base hits including a two-run home run by Casey Kern in the first inning which was her sixth so far this season. Dock's two hits were each doubles and Brittany Brantley was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day with one of those hits being a double. Kern, Dock and Brantley each had 2 RBIs as well.

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Scott City second baseman Macy Heisserer throws the ball to third base in the first inning against Kelly Friday afternoon. Kelly won the game 15-0. David Jenkins, Staff
"Those hits weren't given to us," Ratledge said. "The girls pretty much earned their multiple bases. It was a very good hitting day for us and hopefully we will continue that."

Jessica Riley finished with two hits while Haley Glastetter, Katie Moore and Londyn Backfisch each added singles to the Lady Hawks total of 11 hits.

Kelly busted out of the gate with five runs on four hits in the first inning and continued to score in every inning thereafter. Two runs on one hit in the second, two runs on two hits in the third and then six runs on four hits in the fourth inning closed the book on Scott City because of the 15-run mercy rule after three innings of play.

"We knew it would be tough," Scott City head coach Sally O'Brien said. "I don't think they came mentally prepared for it. We didn't hit the ball well and we didn't field like I thought we would. I kind of felt like we needed to be more prepared."

Dock shut down the Lady Rams with another no-hit performance. She sat down the first six batters she faced in order mostly using the strikeout. Dock ended up with seven strikeouts.

Scott City ended their season with a 7-14 record in a season that O'Brien didn't have high expectations for but ended up doing fairly well. Prior to the season, Scott City lost six seniors to graduation.

"I really didn't have extremely high expectations," O'Brien said about coming into this season. "There were some games that I was disappointed in the way we played and there were other games where I thought we did really well. Considering not having very many returning starters, I felt like we had a pretty good season."

The Kelly Lady Hawks played in the championship game on Saturday. Results from that game will be in Monday's edition of the Standard Democrat.