Owensboro Catholic, Apollo and Owensboro competed in the Owensboro Catholic Classic over the weekend, while the Lady Panthers and the Lady Raiders grabbed back-to-back wins on Saturday.
Owensboro vs. Madisonville-North Hopkins, Lyon County
The Lady Devils couldn’t find a way to put together complete games on Saturday, getting outscored 23-3 in their respective losses to Madisonville-North Hopkins and Lyon County.
Madisonville-North Hopkins wasted no time setting the tone for the game, quickly grabbing a 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to an RBI single from junior Brenna Sherman and an Owensboro error.
The Lady Maroons didn’t stop there either, getting an RBI single from freshman Mackenzie Stoltz before a run scored on a passed ball to make it a 4-0 game. The following at-bat junior Kennedy Justice doubled to bring in two runs, before another Lady Devils error made it a 7-0 game.
Madisonsville-North Hopkins kept pouring it on too, getting an RBI single from freshman Jaycee Noffsinger, an RBI double from Sherman and an RBI single from junior Chloe Young to take a 10-0 lead into the bottom of the first.
And while the Lady Maroons offense was on fire, senior Hayleigh Perdue was dealing in the circle. She tossed all three innings, allowing no hits, walking one and striking out four to earn the no-hitter and an 11-0 win after grabbing a run in the top of the third.
Owensboro’s defense (three errors) didn’t back up senior Brooklyn Keller in her start, as she allowed nine runs—two earned—on five hits, a walk and a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning.
The Lady Devils’ luck didn’t change in their second game of the day, as Lyon County raked its way to a 12-3 win.
It was another Owensboro error that helped the Lady Lyons grab the first runs of the ballgame, as a line drive to left was misplayed and two runs scored in the bottom of the first. Lyon County kept things going in the bottom of the second, as a three-run home run by Calista Collins followed by a sac fly from seventh grader Courtney Collins to take a 6-0 lead going into the third.
The Lady Lyons kept things going offensively throughout the game, scoring six runs over the next three innings. The Lady Devils were able to break through and get three runs in the top of the fifth, but it was too little too late as they ultimately fell to Lyon County 12-3.
Sophomore Paige Hughes pitched the entire game against the Lady Lyons, allowing six earned runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out four. Freshmen Ellington Embry, Addison Hill and Kirsten Tindle were responsible for all of Owensboro’s offense, recording an RBI each.
The Lady Devils fall to 8-17 overall with the pair of losses, as they will look to bounce back with their final regular season district game when they take on Apollo at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
Daviess County vs. Boonville, Christian County
Daviess County extended its winning streak to four games on Saturday, defeating Boonville and Chrristian County.
The Lady Panthers got off to a strong start Saturday, grabbing the first runs of the game against Boonville. Back-to-back sac flies from junior Jessie Daniels and senior Katie Mewes opened up the scoring, as an RBI single from senior Kinsey Vergason to take a 3-0 lead into the second inning.
Daviess County added one more to its lead in the bottom of the third and junior Raylee Roby was shutting Boonville down left and right. The righty held them scoreless through five, until an RBI double in the top of the sixth.
However, the Lady Panthers grabbed six runs in the bottom of the sixth—including a three-run homer from Daniels—and Roby shut Boonville down to secure the 10-1 win.
Roby limited Boonville to one run on three hits, while walking three and striking out a whopping 16 in the complete-game victory. Offensively it was Daniels who led the way, racking up five RBIs as the only player with more than one for Daviess County.
The Lady Panthers had to fight for their second win of the day, clinging on to an early lead to beat Christian County 4-3.
Daviess County grabbed a run in the bottom of the first thanks to an error to grab a 1-0 lead, but the Lady Colonels were able to knot things up at 1-1 going into the bottom of the second by loading the bases and getting a run walked in.
However, the Lady Panthers didn’t take long to reclaim the lead, getting a two-out RBI single from senior Sophie Simone to make it a 2-1 game. A short two-out rally in the bottom of the third saw Daviess County expand its lead once again, as eighth grader Annie Newman delivered a two-run double to center to make it a 4-1 game.
The Lady Colonels were able to piece things together and grab two runs in the top of the seventh, but eighth grader Sophia Cain was able to close the door to get the 4-3 win.
Cain threw the last two innings of the game, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out one. Junior Alexis Jackson got the starting nod for the Lady Panthers, allowing one earned run on two hits, while walking four and striking out four in five innings.
It was the Newman sisters who led the way offensively for Daviess County, as Annie had two RBIs and Hattie had the only other RBI on the day.
The Lady Panthers winning streak sits at four games now, as they sit at 22-4 overall going into a road matchup against South Spencer at 5:30 p.m.
Owensboro Catholic vs. McCracken County, Marshall County
The Lady Aces struggled in their first game against McCracken County on Saturday, while bouncing back to grab a 3-1 win in a pitcher’s duel against Marshall County.
The Lady Mustangs started off the first game of the day with a bang, opening up the scoring on an error before junior Ally Hutchins hit a two-run bomb to left the following at-bat. After another Owensboro Catholic error, junior Annie White singled to center to take a 4-0 lead into the second inning.
The Lady Aces bounced back in the third though, starting with a one-out home run to right by senior Camille Conkright. Freshman Jaiden Grant followed later in the inning with a two-run double, while it was fellow freshman Tyranda Stuart who knotted the game up at 4-4 with an RBI single.
But just when it seemed like momentum was swinging back Owensboro Catholic’s way, McCracken County’s offense caught steam again. It was a two-out two-run home run that did the trick for the Lady Mustangs in the bottom of the third, reclaiming the lead at 6-4.
McCracken County kept its foot on the gas as well, grabbing three runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth to take a 12-4 lead. The Lady Aces grabbed a run in the top of the sixth, but they weren’t able to muster up enough offense and lost 12-5.
Junior Brooke Hamilton didn’t have her strongest stuff in the circle against the Lady Mustangs, allowing 10 earned runs on 13 hits, walking three and striking out two in five innings. Jaiden Grant led the way offensively, recording two RBIs.
Brooke Hamilton was able to recover in game two, stifling Marshall County en route to a 3-1 win for Owensboro Catholic.
The Lady Aces made sure to set the tone against the Lady Marshals, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to an RBI double from junior Bailey Hamilton. It was Conkright who came through again in the top of third for Owensboro Catholic, taking a 2-0 lead with a sac fly.
Marshall County did get its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, but the Lady Aces quickly responded with one of their own in the top of the fifth thanks to an RBI single from Brooke Hamilton.
This run support allowed Brooke Hamilton to lock in and hold the Lady Marshals scoreless for the final two innings, holding on to grab a 3-1 win. Hamilton held them to one run on four hits, while striking out 10 in six innings.
Offensively, it was Bailey Hamilton and Conkright that had the only RBIs of the game for Owensboro Catholic with one each.
The Lady Aces sit at 21-8 after splitting their games on Saturday, as they will get right back to action on Monday with a road matchup against South Warren at 5:45 p.m.
Apollo vs. Marshall County, Meade County, Union County
The E-gals had a strong day on Saturday, going 2-1 against the likes of Marshall County, Meade County and Union County.
Apollo started its day off on the right foot, grabbing the first lead of the game thanks to sophomore Mallory Velotta scoring on a passed ball in the top of the first. Following a scoreless second inning, the E-gals added one more run to take a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the third because of a squeeze play by junior Morgan Julian.
The Lady Marshals were able to finally crack the scoreboard in the bottom of the third getting an RBI single from junior Anna Vasseur. Marshall County was able to get to junior Emmie Bullington again in the bottom of the fourth, tying the game at 2-2 with an RBI single from sophomore Chevelle Henson.
However, the E-gals responded swiftly, reclaiming the lead at 3-2 in the top of the fifth as Julian came through with an RBI single to center. This was all Bullington would need in the circle, holding the Lady Marshals for the final two innings to grab a 3-2 win.
Bullington tossed all six innings for Apollo, giving up two earned runs on five hits, walking one and striking out eight en route to the win. While the E-gals didn’t have their strongest game offensively, Julian played a crucial part in the win with the lone RBI and helping bring in another run on a squeeze play.
Apollo was able to replicate its success in the second game of the day, as they grabbed a 4-2 win over Meade County.
The Lady Waves had control of the game early, grabbing two runs in the top of the first to take the lead. And while the E-gals weren’t able to respond in the bottom half of the first, their offense came roaring back over the next two innings.
Apollo got its first run of the game in the bottom of the third, cutting its deficit to 2-1 on an RBI groundout by freshman Hessi Johnson. In the bottom of the fourth junior K’Asia Palmer singled to knot things up at 2-2, but it was a two-run shot to center from eighth grader Arianna Ramirez that gave the E-gals their first lead of the day at 4-2.
After giving up the two runs in the first inning, Palmer was locked in for Apollo and didn’t allow a run for the remainder of the game to secure the 4-2 win. Palmer finished the day having allowed two earned runs on three hits, walking three and striking out four.
Ramirez led the way offensively with the two RBIs from her home run, while Johnson was the only other player to record an RBI.
Despite having two strong performances to start the day, the E-gals weren’t able to get it done in game three and fell to Union County 4-2.
The Bravettes wasted no time grabbing the lead, quickly loading the bases in the bottom of the first before opening up the scoring with a two-run double from freshman Sydney Thomas. Following a strikeout, back-to-back RBI singles from freshmen Ava Arnett and Bryleigh Walsh to take a 4-0 lead into the second.
And while Union County’s offense started off hot, they wouldn’t score for the remainder of the game. However, freshman Peyton Jenkins was dialed in in the circle, holding Apollo scoreless through five.
Julian was able to give the E-gals their first run of the game on a one-out RBI single and Bullington followed with a two-out RBI single to make it a 4-2 game. But Jenkins struck out the following batter, shutting down Apollo’s comeback efforts for the win.
Senior Sydney Saalwaechter struggled in her start for the E-gals, allowing four earned runs on five hits, a walk and a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning.
Bullington handled the rest of the game, holding them scoreless on three hits and striking out three in 4 ⅓ innings pitched. Offensively Bullington and Julian were the only players to record RBIs in the game.
Apollo moves to 12-12 overall after its three games on Saturday, as they are set for its final regular season district game against Owensboro at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
Trinity (Whitesville) vs. Hopkins County Central (doubleheader)
The Lady Raiders offense didn’t skip a beat on Saturday, outsourcing Hopkins County Central 35-4 to grab a pair of wins in their doubleheader.
Trinity (Whitesville) wasted no time getting going, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run single from junior Abby Payne. However, it was in the second inning that the Lady Raiders blew things open.
After Hopkins County Central cut its deficit to 2-1, Trinity’s offense responded with an RBI double from freshman Madison McDaniel to bring it right back to a two-run game. But the Lady Raiders didn’t stop there as a run scored on a hit by pitch with the bases loaded, before Payne drove two runs on a double to make it a 6-1 game.
Junior Allie Barnett followed with a two-run single, before back-to-back errors helped Trinity’s lead grow to 10-1. After an RBI double from sophomore Macie Aguilar, senior Cassidy Morris capped off an 11-run bottom of the second with a two-run homer to center to take a 13-1 lead into the third.
While Hopkins County Central would get one more run in the top of the third, the Lady Raiders responded with four more runs in the bottom of the third to secure the 17-2 win in three innings.
Barnett handled responsibilities in the circle for Trinity, tossing all three innings and allowing one earned run on three hits, while striking out two en route to the win. Seven different players recorded RBIs for the Lady Raiders, with Morris and Abby Payne tallying four each and Barnett recording three to lead the way.
Trinity picked up right where they left off in game two against Hopkins County Central, this time grabbing an 18-2 victory.
Barnett handled the pitching duties again for the Lady Raiders to start the game, throwing the first two innings and holding Hopkins County Central scoreless on two hits and a strikeout. This set the table for Trinity’s offense to go off once again, scoring two in the first and five in the second to take a 7-0 lead.
The Lady Raiders rattled off seven more runs in the top of the third, before eventually going on to grab an 18-2 win after grabbing four more runs in the top of the fourth.
Freshman Sarah Payne threw the remaining two innings in relief, allowing two runs on four hits. Offensively it was Abby Payne who led the way with three RBIs, while McDaniel and sophomore Georgia Howard had a pair of RBIs each.
Trinity improves to 14-8 overall with the pair of wins, as they will look to extend their winning streak to seven games with a road doubleheader against Webster County at 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Monday.