The Lady Panthers, Lady E-gals and Lady Raiders all looked sharp in their respective wins on Thursday, while Owensboro wasn’t able to put runs together in a tough loss.
Daviess County vs Logan County
Junior Raylee Roby was dealing on Thursday, limiting Logan County to one hit in a 3-0 shutout victory for the Lady Panthers at home.
It was a pitcher’s duel from the jump, with neither team being able to figure out Roby and senior Shelby Gettings who kept the game scoreless—with Logan County being hitless— through three innings.
Daviess County’s second hit of the evening got them going, as senior Katie Mewes doubled before eighth grader Annie Newman singled to make it a 1-0 game going into the fifth. The Lady Cougars got their first hit of the game in the top of the fifth, but nothing came of it and the Lady Panthers took the opportunity to expand their lead in the bottom half of the inning.
It was the senior duo of Hattie Newman and Millie Roberts that came through for Daviess County, as Hattie singled before Roberts lined one over the left field fence to give them a 3-0 lead going into the sixth.
That was all the run support that Roby would need, as she proceeded to close the game by allowing no more hits and striking out 11 en route to the 3-0 win for the Lady Panthers. Roberts led the way offensively for Daviess County, tallying two RBIs via the long ball while Annie Newman chipped in one.
The Lady Panthers improved to 20-4 overall with the win, as they will look to grab their third and fourth straight wins on Saturday when they take on Boonville and Christian County at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.
Apollo vs Muhlenberg County
The E-gals put up crooked numbers repeatedly throughout their game on Thursday, ultimately helping them get out to a 6-1 win over Muhlenberg County.
Apollo was the first to get on the board after two scoreless innings to start the day, as they took advantage of a Lady Mustangs error with a single from junior Emmie Bullington to take a 1-0 lead.
Errors came back to bite Muhlenberg County in the top of the fourth as well, as two errors eventually led to back-to-back RBI singles from sophomore Mallory Velotta and junior Morgan Julian to go up 3-0.
Julian struck again for Apollo in the top of the sixth, opening up the scoring in the inning with an RBI groundout. The following at-bat junior K’Asia Palmer delivered an RBI single of her own, sending the E-gals into the bottom half of the inning with a 5-0 lead.
The Lady Mustangs were able to finally crack the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth, but that was all Apollo’s pitching staff would allow in the circle as they grabbed a run in the top of the seventh before closing the door on a 6-1 win.
Palmer got the start for the E-gals, tossing five scoreless innings in which she allowed three hits, three walks and struck out four. Senior Sydney Saalwaechter handled the final two innings in the circle, allowing one earned run on five hits.
Apollo moves to 10-11 overall and snaps a three-game losing streak with the win, as they will look to have a strong stretch of performances coming up when the Owensboro Catholic Classic starts this weekend.
Owensboro vs Breckinridge County
Errors and a lack of offense were the killers on Thursday for the Lady Devils, as Breckinridge County hit its way to an 11-1 victory.
The Lady Tigers wasted no time getting going offensively, taking a 2-0 lead with a one-out two-run homer to center by senior Morgan Tabor. Breckinridge County then rattled off three straight singles, with the third from sophomore Skyler Henderson bringing in two runs to take a 4-0 lead into the second.
Junior Kaylee Ball went to work with a solid lead, silencing Owensboro’s bats through the first three innings. The Lady Devils weren’t able to crack the books until the fourth, when freshman Ellington Embry hits a two-out RBI single to cut their deficit to 4-1 going into the bottom of the fourth.
However, Owensboro’s offensive luck would not change, as Ball kept them scoreless for the remainder of the game. She allowed just four hits over six innings, while also striking out two.
To add further insult to injury, the Lady Tigers rattled off seven runs in the bottom of the sixth as they went on to claim an 11-1 win over the Lady Devils.
Senior Brooklyn Keller didn’t have her strongest stuff in the circle for Owensboro, allowing 11 runs on 12 hits while also walking four. Only five of the 11 runs were earned though, as the Lady Devils defense had three errors on the day.
Owensboro falls to 7-15 overall with its second straight loss, as they will look to bounce back with its fourth straight road game at 6 p.m. on Friday against Hopkins County Central.
Trinity (Whitesville) vs. Grayson County
Some late offense gave the Lady Raiders the push they needed on Thursday, as they were able to defeat Grayson County 10-3 to extend their winning streak to three games.
The Lady Cougars grabbed the first run and lead of the game in the top of the first, but it was Trinity (Whitesville) that responded swiftly with an RBI single from freshman Raylee Higdon and a squeeze play from junior Abby Payne to take a 2-1 lead into the second.
But Grayson County wasn’t going down easy, battling back to reclaim the lead after a scoreless second inning. The Lady Cougars had sophomore Anslee Shartzer to thank, as she sent a two-run home run to right to take a 3-2 lead.
Just when Trinity needed it though they had the answer, taking advantage of multiple errors with an RBI groundout from junior Allie Barnett and an RBI single from sophomore Georgia Howard to take a 4-3 lead.
With Barnett locked back in on the bump for the Lady Raiders, they proceeded to hold Grayson County scoreless for the remainder of the game while exploding for six ryan in the bottom of the sixth to claim a 10-3 win.
Barnett finished the day having allowed two earned runs on eight hits, while walking no one and striking out two. Offensively Trinity was led by Higdon and Payne, who recorded a pair of RBIs each.
The Lady Raiders have now won four straight and sit at 12-8 overall going into a 5:30 p.m. road matchup with Warren Central on Friday.