Softball recap (April 17): OHS, AHS, THS

April 18, 2023 | 12:04 am

Updated April 18, 2023 | 3:13 am

The E-gals and the Lady Raiders fiery offenses led them to victories on Monday, while the Lady Devils struggled to string hits together in a tough home loss to Hancock County.

Owensboro vs Hancock County

The Lady Devils couldn’t muster up enough offense on Monday, while Hancock County was clicking on all cylinders in 12-2 road win.

A one-out walk kickstarted things for the Lady Hornets in the top of the first, as senior Ella Staples hit one over the right field fence the very next at-bat to take a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Alyssa Rhineburger nearly got out of the jam with a strikeout for the second out of the inning after an Owensboro error, but the Lady Hornets proceeded to earn a pair of RBI singles that made it a 4-0 ballgame after the first.

Sophomore Ellington Embry got a home run of her own in the bottom of the first to put the Lady Devils on the board, but Hancock County didn’t slow down in the top of the second and grabbed five more runs to take a 9-1 lead going into the bottom of the second. This was all the Lady Hornets needed to grab the win, scoring three more runs while Owensboro was limited to one more run and two hits in the 12-2 loss.

Rhineburger struggled in the start, allowing six earned runs—nine total—on nine hits, a walk and one strikeout in 1 ⅔ innings pitched. Sophomore Kirsten Tindle handled the last 4 ⅓ innings, allowing three runs—two earned—on seven hits while striking out three.

Embry’s homer and senior K’Asia Palmer’s RBI double accounted for the only two runs of the game, as the Lady Devils fell to 4-11 overall with the loss. Owensboro gets another chance to grab a home win on Tuesday, taking on Breckinridge County at 5:30 p.m.

Apollo vs Grayson County

Some late offense was crucial for the E-gals on Monday, as it helped catapult them to a 9-3 road win over Grayson County to extend their winning streak to three games.

The Lady Cougars got on the board first with an RBI double, but freshman Taylor Clark got an RBI double of her own in the top of the second for Apollo to even things at 1-1. However, Grayson County quickly reclaimed the lead at 2-1 in the bottom of the third with an RBI single.

The E-gals fought back though, as leadoff double from sophomore Macy Calhoun led to a run after a Lady Cougars error to even things up at 2-2. After a sacrifice bunt another error plated a run, before senior Morgan Julian delivered a one-run double the following at-bat to make it a 4-2 Apollo lead going into the bottom of the fifth.

They added one more run in the sixth as well, getting a solo home run from senior Morgan Frizzell to take a 5-2 lead. The E-gals didn’t stop there either, grabbing four more runs in the seventh while allowing just one more en route to the 9-3 win.

Frizell, Julian and eighth grader Lily Logsdon led the way at the plate with a pair of RBIs each. Julian also got the start for Apollo, allowing two earned runs on two hits, two walks and a strikeout in three innings pitched.

Freshman Hannah Holder got the win in her two inning relief appearance, allowing just one hit and one walk, while senior Emmie Bullington closed out the game by allowing just one run on one hit and two walks while striking out two in two innings as well.

Apollo has won three straight and sits at 6-7 overall with the win, as they will look to continue their winning ways against Evansville Mater Dei at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Trinity (Whitesville) vs McLean County

The Lady Raiders offense was on fire on Monday, limiting McLean County to four hits as well in a 16-5 road win.

Trinity (Whitesville) wasted no time getting going, as an RBI single from senior Abby Payne got them on the board in the first three at-bats of the game. Payne went on to steal home a few batters later, while a safety squeeze by junior Georgia Howard made it 3-0 in the same at-bat.

The Lady Raiders earned three more runs in the inning, getting a one-run single from senior Allie Graham, a run on an error the ensuing at-bat and another run on a safety squeeze by seventh grader Ella Morris.

Trinity didn’t skip a beat the remainder of the game, grabbing 13 total hits and taking advantage of multiple McLean County errors en route to the 16-5 victory. Howard led the way offensively with a 3-3 day and a team-leading three RBIs, while Graham, senior Allie Barnett and junior Kylie Hatfield all had two RBIs each, while Payne and Morris had an RBI each.

Barnett handled all five innings in the circle, allowing five runs—four earned—on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven. The Lady Raiders improve to 9-10 overall with the win, as they’ll look to make it two in a row against Hancock County at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

April 18, 2023 | 12:04 am

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