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Holly Smith and her Lady Patriots will look to right the ship when they open up Mid-South Conference play against rival Georgetown College.

The Lady Patriots head into their first round matchup with the Georgetown Tigers riding a four game winning streak, their longest of the season. “We are playing really well right now” said Head Coach Holly Smith. “Our pitching is the best that it has been all year.” The Patriots pitching staff comes into the contest led by junior hurler Krystal Cammuse (Frankfort, Ky.). Cammuse has spent the entire season filling the “ace on staff” role for the Patriots, striking out an average of 7.72 hitters per contest. Krystal will be joined on the mound by freshman Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) and Brittany McKee (Somerset, Ky.) who have both made major improvements as the season has matured. “Georgetown is really swinging the bat well right now” said Smith. “We are hoping that our defense will hold and we can grind them into a pitcher’s duel.”

Pitcher’s duels have been commonplace for the Patriots, as they have been involved in five contests with less than four runs scored by both teams. The Patriots currently hold a 1-4 record in such contests, but will look to find a way to overcome their offensive woes from the mound as well. “We are going to rely on Krystal both offensively and defensively” said Smith. “She has been swinging the bat well for us late in the season and our offense has really been going through her.” Cammuse ended her year with a team leading .336 batting average with a total of 36 hits on the season.

Despite their hot streak, the Patriots will be facing a loaded Georgetown College team that boast a 32-12 record with a 27-9 mark within the conference. “They are playing well right now” said Smith. “We played them well when they came to St. Catharine, but did not play so well at Georgetown.” The Patriots hold a 0-4 record against the Tigers this season with three of the losses being by eight runs. “We have to continue to play well” added Smith. “We have gotten better as the season has gone on and if we play defense we have a chance.”

The Patriots will square off against the Tigers in their first round match up Thursday at 12 PM at Danville’s Millennium Park.
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