The St. Catharine softball team (12-24, 6-14 MSC) was in action today when they traveled to Mid-South Conference foe Shawnee State University for a doubleheader. Patriot senior, Krystal Cammuse, made history by breaking the school’s strikeout record for a career. The Frankfort, Ky. native combined four 12 strikeouts in the doubleheader to give her 476 for her career. The old record was 475, but Cammuse now stands alone with 476.
The Bears (8-22, 2-16 MSC) got the best of the Patriots winning the opener by a 2-0 decision. The visiting Patriots were able to salvage the doubleheader by winning the second game 9-5.
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The opener of the four game series proved to be a pitchers’ duel as Krystal Cammuse and Allie Chapman locked horns. Cammuse gave the Patriots six solid innings allowing two runs on four hits and striking out 10. Cammuse (5-12), however, was outdone by her counterpart. Chapman (4-10) went seven innings and didn’t allow a run on seven hits.
The Bears would strike with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fifth to come away with the 2-0 victory. It looked as though Cammuse would escape the inning unscathed after she got a pair of ground outs to open the inning, but that wasn’t the case. After she walked the third batter of the inning, Chapman helped her own cause with an RBI double. Chapman would later score on a Kelsey Jenkins single to give her team a 2-0 lead. Cammuse, however, battled back and was able to get out of the inning with a strikeout.
The Patriots best opportunity to score came in the third inning. Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) led off the inning with a single. Then after a fly out, Carly Benz (Louisville, Ky.) doubled to put runners at second and third with one out. But Chapman was able to work her way out of the jam with a pop out and groundout.
Tiffany Wickline and Brittany McKee (Somerset, Ky.) each picked up a pair of hits in the opener. Kelsey Gravens (Mt. Washington, Ky.), Carly Benz, and Brandi Hood (Bardstown, Ky.) each picked up a single hit in a losing effort.
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After dropping a 2-0 decision in the opener, St. Catharine was able to salvage the doubleheader after picking up 9-5 victory in the nightcap. The Patriot bats came alive with nine runs on 12 hits, they also benefited from four errors by Shawnee State.
The Bears struck first in the bottom of the first after Morgan McReynolds doubled home Kelsey Jenkins – who reached on a walk – to give the Bears a 1-0 lead after one.
The Patriots came alive in the top of the third. Brandi Hood led off the inning with a base knock, she would then move up to second base after an errant throw. Tiffany Wickline then singled and stole second to put runners at second and third with no one out. The rally came to a quick halt after a ground out and a pop out, but Shelbi Thornhill (Hardinsburg, Ky.) came through with a base hit to score Hood and Wickline. Thornhill would then advance to second on the throw. Cammuse kept the rally alive with a two out single to score Thornhill from second. The rally came to an end after a strikeout to end the inning.
After the Bears scored two in the third to tie the game at three apiece the Patriots would battle back in the fifth. Cammuse again came through with a sacrifice fly to score Kelsey Gravens – who led off the inning with a base knock. Emily Fenwick (Lebanon, Ky.) joined in on the action with a single to score Benz from third.
St. Catharine would keep the bats alive with a single run in the seventh. McKee led off the inning with a single, then she later moved into scoring position with a Katie Hansgen (Louisville, Ky.) sacrifice bunt. The very next batter, Brandi Hood, came through with a base knock to score McKee. The Bears worked their way out of the jam with a pair of pop outs.
The Patriots would tack on three important insurance runs in the top half of the seventh to put the game out of reach. The highlight of the final inning came off the bat of Krystal Cammuse, who jacked a three run bomb to give her team a 9-6 lead.
Cammuse then came on in relief in the bottom half of the inning and was able to get a 1-2-3 inning to give her team the 9-6 win. McKee (3-1) started the game and lasted three innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Wickline also pitched three innings allowing two runs on two hits.
Shawnee State and St. Catharine are back at it tomorrow for another doubleheader beginning at noon.