OWENSBORO — Boyle County won in a pitcher's duel against Estill County 3-0 in a first-round game of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Fast Pitch Softball Tournament, Thursday at Jack C. Fisher Park.
Boyle County's Elyse Petrie limited Estill County to just three hits. But, she managed to get into trouble in the sixth inning.
Down by two, Estill County's Kennedy Flynn made it to first on a bunt single with one out. When Cheyenne Rawlins hit a comebacker, Petrie hesitated before throwing to second. Both runners were safe.
The runners moved up on a wild pitch, and Petrie had a 3-0 count on Krana Puckett before being replaced by first baseman Hannah Miniard.
Puckett walked before Miniard struck out the next two to get out of a bases-loaded jam.
Boyle County tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh, but it wasn't needed as Miniard struck out the side to end the game.
Boyle County scored runs in the first two innings. Shortstop Lauren Richards hit a single, and was able to score when she was stealing second. Two throwing errors allowed her to finish her trip around the bases.
Boyle County's second run of the game came on Danielle Mason's solo home run shot over the left-center field fence.
Boyle County will face Mercy Friday morning at 10 in the winners' bracket. Estill County will meet Oldham County in an elimination game at 2 p.m.
Greenwood 7, South Laurel 1: Greenwood moved one game closer to making history by defeating South Laurel. The top-ranked Gators (40-0) are trying to become the first fast-pitch softball team in Kentucky to finish a season undefeated.
Elizabeth Moss was dominant on the mound, successfully using her changeup en route to 14 strikeouts.
Moss was in trouble early, letting the first two runners on, but escaped the inning with just one run scored.
Greenwood evened the score on the bottom of the first when a pair of errors allowed Angela Adkins to score from first.
The Gators took the lead on a two-out double by Alexis Dean in the fourth inning and never looked back.
Greenwood will face Notre Dame Friday morning at 10, while South Laurel will meet Montgomery County at in a noon elimination game.
Greenwood, ranked 14th in the nation, has outscored opponents 343-21 this season.
Ashland Blazer 6, Magoffin County 0: Sophomore Megan Hensley tossed a one-hitter to move the Kittens (26-9) into a Friday winners' bracket game against Owensboro Catholic.
Hensley improved to 23-7, striking out 16.
Lone Oak 4, Central Hardin 0: Jenny Chapman struck out 10 and walked none while tossing a four-hit shutout.
The Purple Flash, who placed second here last year, got three hits, two runs and two RBI from Kelsee Henson. Jacqueline Roof added two hits and two runs.
Notre Dame 6, Montgomery Co. 5: The Pandas pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off win.
Trailing 5-4, Notre Dame (29-7) got a leadoff single by Hannah Sullivan, and Haylee Smith reached on an error.
A sacrifice moved the runners up, and Sullivan scored the tying run on Amanda Meaher's groundout.
The winning run scored when Maria Schaefer's grounder was misplayed for an error.
Owensboro Catholic 14, Livingston Central 2: The five-time state champion Lady Aces pounded out 23 hits.
No. 6 Catholic, which last won the whole show in 2009, is making its 13th consecutive appearance in the State Tournament. No. 16 Livingston Central is playing in its first State.
Mercy 5, Oldham County 4: Defending champion and third-ranked Mercy slipped past Oldham County in a first-round game.
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