The Lady Patriots made the long journey to Ohio to take on the Shawnee State Bears and the Rio Grande Red Storm.
In game one with the Bears, the Patriots had yet another cardiac contest. After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) broke through with a long ball to tie the contest at one in the top if the fifth. With the game tied heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Patriots were looking to force extras behind the arm of Krystal Cammuse (Frankfort, Ky.). Cammuse fanned two Bear hitters over the six frames and was able to keep the bats quiet for the first six innings. However, the Bears would seal the deal in the bottom of the seventh when Barrett hit a walk off grand slam to win 5-1.
In game two with the Bears, the Patriots jumped out of the gate quickly when Brittany McKee (Somerset, Ky.) drove Ramie Goldey (Lancaster, Ky.) home to take the lead 1-0 in the top of the first. However, the Bears would explode for seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to open up a 7-1 gap. Despite the Patriot’s ability to strike for five hits, they were unable to score for the remainder of the contest, falling 11-1 due to the run rule.
With the Shawnee State series in the past, the Lady Patriots put their rain boots on to take on the Red Storm of Rio Grande. Despite the Patriots inability to produce runs against the Bears, they found a way to strike for eight in game one with the Red Storm. The Patriots jumped on top early, 2-0, when Shelbi Thornhill (Harrodsburg, Ky.) drove home Ramie Goldey on a hard hit single and Thornhill would score herself when the Red Storm misplayed a Taylor Steff (Louisville, Ky.) line shot. With the Patriots trailing 5-2, they struck for four in the top of the fourth to take a 6-5 lead. In the top of the fifth, Goldey would double home Hillary Dwyer (Cheyenne Wells, Col.) and Brandi Hood (Bardstown, Ky.) to push the Patriots back in front 8-7. However, the Red Storm would strike for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the 9-8 victory in game one.
With one more chance to get a victory in Ohio, the Lady Patriots were determined to fight through the rainy weather. With the rain blanketing the field, the Lady Patriots struck for 10 runs on six hits to come away with the 10-8 victory. Led by Brittany McKee with her two hits, a run, and a run batted in, the Patriots were able to outlast the Red Storm despite the eight earned runs.
The Patriots will take to the road once more March 20th when they make the short trop to Campbellsville to battle the league leading Tigers.