OWENSBORO — Pikeville’s first trip to the girls’ state softball tournament for the first time since 2002 was short-lived as the Lady Panthers were eliminated by Woodford County, 12-2, in the second day of play at Jack C. Fisher Park on June 9.
JACKSON — Letcher Central was limited to just a pair of hits as Hazard eliminated the Cougars from the 14th Region tournament with a 5-0 win in a game played at Breathitt County High School on May 30.
Central closed out its season at 19-15 while the Bulldogs, now 29-8, advanced to the finals against Perry County Central.
LOUISA — Perennial power Lawrence County overcame a one-run deficit early on against Belfry and the Bulldogs went on to eliminate the Pirates from the 60th District tournament with a 7-1 win in the opening round on May 22.
Belfry’s lone run came on Devin Varney’s RBI-single into leftfield, scoring Austin Woolum who had walked.
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville pounded out 11 hits and built a big lead early on while rolling to an 11-3 win over Harlan County in a game played at Davis Park on May 17.
Michael McDonald tripled, scored and drove home two runs as Pikeville moved to 22-6. Nate Brown singled twice and batted in two while Clay Slone collected three hits and scored four times.
GOODY — Pike Central pushed across three runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on to nip Belfry, 13-12, in a game played at Massey Energy Field on May 2.
Seth Conn had two hits, including a double, scored one run and drove in three as the Hawks moved to 14-11. Austin Smith singled and knocked in three runs and Evan Coleman had two hits and drove in a pair of runs.
PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central sharpshooter Mason Blair capped off his career as a Golden Eagle at the top of his class.
The senior finished up his career with 2,363 points, including more than 2,300 of those over three years.
He averaged 31.5 points per game and helped Johnson Central to a region best 27-7 record and berth in the 15th Region championship game.
PAINTSVILLE — Paintsville pounded out 11 hits and cruised to a 14-0 win over Sheldon Clark in a game played on April 12.
Mason Moore drove in three runs and Ben Daniels batted in two as the Tigers improved to 8-5. Jake Hyden collected two hits and knocked in one run while Tanner Miller and Tanner Smith added two hits apiece.
ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley erupted for five runs in the bottom of the first inning and held off Betsy Layne late for a 10-6 win in the All “A” Classic matchup played at Dale Trivette Field on April 5.
Jacob Beverly tripled, singled, scored three times and knocked in a pair of runs as the Wildcats improved to 10-1. Ty Riddle had two hits, scored once and batted in four.
ERMINE — Letcher Central made the most of six hits as the Cougars pulled away late to beat Belfry, 8-0, in a game played on April 1.
Max Baker and Trevor Hardin each singled, scored and drove in a pair of runs as LCC moved to 4-6. Winning pitcher Jonathan Potter added one hit and batted in one run.
Matt Fought suffered the loss as the Pirates dropped to 2-8.