Softball

Carly Benz had two hits and a key RBI to lead the Patriots over Campbellsville.Carly Benz had two hits and a key RBI to lead the Patriots over Campbellsville.

Patriots eliminate Campbellsville

Box Score

The Patriot Softball team (20-26) advanced to the finals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament after a 4-3 victory over Campbellsville (Ky.) in the finals of the consolation bracket.

With the win, the Patriots will be back in action later on today against second-seeded Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in the championship. The Patriots handed the Tigers (34-8) their second loss in three days at the Mid-South Conference Tournament.

Krystal Cammuse (Frankfort, Ky.) was stellar for the Patriots in the circle. Cammuse – who threw a one-hitter against Campbellsville on Thursday – tossed a complete game for the Patriots. She allowed three runs – one earned – on four hits in her seven innings of work. She also finished with five strikeouts.

Both clubs had great pitching to open the game as they combined for just four hits in the first four innings. The offenses began to heat up in the fifth inning as the two teams combined for seven runs on six hits and four errors.

The Patriots started the fifth inning with four runs on four hits and two Tiger errors. Cammuse led the inning off with single and Emily Fenwick (Lebanon, Ky.) was called upon to pinch run. Brittany McKee (Somerset, Ky.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner to second. After a Christina Day (Paducah, Ky.) single to put runners on the corners, Katie Hansgen (Louisville, Ky.) singled to score Fenwick. Brandi Hood (Bardstown, Ky.) then reached on an error to load the bases.

After a pitching change, Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) was awarded first base after being hit. The hit by pitch scored Elise Mills (Louisville, Ky.) – who pinch ran for Day – from third. After a pop out, Carly Benz (Louisville, Ky.) kept the inning alive with a single that scored Hansgen, but after an error on the left fielder, Hood rounded third and scored as well. The Patriots looked to get more out of the inning with runners at second and third, but Victoria Decker was able to get out of the jam with a ground out.

The Tigers answered back with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning. After a walk and an error to open the inning, Shelby Ray laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners into scoring position with one out. The very next batter hit a single to left that scored the runners on second and third, but the ball was misplayed by the left fielder and rolled all the way to the wall allowing the batter to score on the play. Cammuse, however, was able to work her way out of the jam with the one run lead intact.

The Tigers had the tying run aboard in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Cammuse was able to strand both runners at first to seal the 4-3 victory for the Patriots.
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