Softball recap (March 20): OCHS, OHS, THS

March 21, 2023 | 12:04 am

Updated March 20, 2023 | 9:23 pm

The Lady Devils caught fire offensively to top Trinity (Whitesville) for their first win of the season on Monday, while Owensboro Catholic got hot late to remain undefeated on the road.

Owensboro Catholic vs Evansville Memorial

The Lady Aces found a rhythm offensively late, as they scored 10 runs in two innings to grab a 10-6 win over Evansville Memorial on the road Monday.

After a pair of scoreless innings to start the game, Evansville Memorial caught fire and grabbed six runs in the bottom of the third to take control of the game. It wasn’t until the top of the fifth that Owensboro Catholic was able to get on the board, scoring on a wild pitch, a steal of home by senior Abbie Dukate and an RBI single from senior Addison Tignor to cut it to 6-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

Following a scoreless half-inning the Lady Aces picked up right where they left off in the top of the sixth, as a leadoff single by Addison Tignor led to back-to-back-to-back home runs from senior Bailey Hamilton, senior Brooke Hamilton and sophomore Tyranda Stuart to quickly take a 7-6 lead. Senior Ashten Tignor and Addison delivered four more runs with a pair of two-run singles to close out the inning, helping them take a 10-6 lead going into the bottom of the sixth.

Brooke Hamilton had no problem handling things in the circle either—allowing no runs on two hits and two walks while striking out six in 4 ⅔ innings of relief—as Owensboro Catholic secured its third straight win to start the season. The Tignor sisters joined Bailey Hamilton with a pair of RBIs each to lead the way offensively, while Brooke Hamilton and Stuart chipped in one each.

Starting the season undefeated in their three-game road stint, the Lady Aces will look to move to 4-0 in their first home game of the year against Madisonville-North Hopkins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Owensboro vs Trinity (Whitesville)

The Lady Devils snapped a two-game losing streak to start the season on Monday, getting a complete game from sophomore Kirsten Tindle and topping Trinity (Whitesville) on the road 10-1.

Owensboro applied some pressure on the Lady Raiders early, as a one-out hit by pitch led to an RBI stripe for junior Sophie Moorman and an RBI double for sophomore Hessi Johnson in the following at-bats. The Lady Devils got one more on an RBI groundout from junior Emmi Connor after a single from senior K’Asia Palmer, helping them take a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the first.

Owensboro extended their lead to 5-0 in the top of the third, as junior Ashleigh Howard delivered a two-out two-run double to left field. The Lady Devils didn’t stop there though, quickly loading the bases with back-to-back singles from freshman Reese Boswell and sophomore Addison Hill and a walk by sophomore Ellington Embry to start the top of the fourth.

Things seemed bleak after back-to-back pop outs, but Palmer drove two in with a single to left and Connor drove in two with a double to left to make it a 9-0 game heading into the bottom of the fourth. Trinity was able to finally get on the board thanks to an RBI double from sophomore Hope Boarman following back-to-back singles from junior Georgia Howard and senior Allie Graham to start the bottom half of the inning.

This would be the only run Tindle gave up on the day though—finishing with seven hits allowed and two strikeouts in her complete-game performance—as the Lady Raiders grabbed one more in the top of the fifth on an RBI double from Embry en route to the 10-1 victory.

Embry led the way with three RBIs on a 1-3 day, while Palmer went 2-4 with two RBIs, Ashleigh Howard went 1-4 with two RBIs and Johnson and Moorman both chipped in an RBI each. Senior Allie Barnett got the first three innings of the night in the circle for Trinity, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and three strikeouts in three innings.

Graham closed things out, allowing three earned runs on four hits and three strikeouts. The Lady Raiders fall to 2-4 overall on the season, as they will look to bounce back in a road matchup with Ohio County at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Owensboro gets its first win of the season, sitting at 1-2 overall heading into a road matchup with Muhlenberg County at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

March 21, 2023 | 12:04 am

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