Super season comes to an end as Lady Pacers fall in softball Regional to Union County


One of the most successful softball seasons in school history came to an emotional end on Saturday when the Switzerland County Lady Pacers fell to Union County by a score of 6-2 in Regional play at Shenandoah High School.

The Lady Pacers scored their only two runs of the game when Ashley Chase reached base with a single. Natalie Daugherty followed with a single of her own to that moved Ashley Chase to second; and Natalie Graham then had a big hit to the outfield that brought home both runners.

Union County had a couple singles in the second inning, but only managed to score a single run after some stellar Lady Pacer defense — including a double play — put a halt to any thoughts of a rally.

Second baseman Ashley Bright fielded a ground ball, tagged the base runner who was heading to second, and then threw to Courtney Cole on first to turn the 4-3 double play.

The first inning Switzerland County runs held up until the fifth inning, when the Lady Patriots took advantage of errors by the Lady Pacer defense. The miscues would lead to three runs for the Lady Patriots; and Union County would score two more in the sixth inning to end the scoring at 6-2.

The Lady Pacers will be losing four seniors: catcher Natalie Daugherty; pitcher Kodi Driver; third baseman Natalie Graham; and shortstop Ashley Chase.

“What a fine year these girls put together,” coach Steven Konkle said. “It was sad to see it end, but you have to be proud of the way we played all year. We did what we needed to do early and Union County did what they needed to do late and it was their effort that prevailed.”

Coach Konkle managed to look to the future of his program despite losing four seniors who have been the foundation of the team’s success in recent years.

“Our girls are fine athletes and softball players and we will be there again,” he said. “We will miss our seniors very much. They have built a tradition that will live on. We need to thank our great fans for their support all year. We look forward to improving and playing again next season. Union County was a good ball club with a pitcher that improved as the game went along. They had won 20 games this season. I am so proud of our girls an their effort in the season and post season.”