Back-to-back doubles by Marlee Tevis and Katie Stamper provided the winning run Monday as No. 6 Scott County edged No. 19 Woodford County 2-1 in the first round of the 11th Region high school softball tournament at Bryan Station.
The win puts the Cardinals in Tuesday's semifinals against Dunbar, a 15-0 winner over Berea.
That semifinal will be preceded at 6 p.m. by Lafayette vs. Franklin County. Lafayette advanced by downing Madison Southern 16-5, while Franklin County beat Henry Clay 9-4.
The finals are set for Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Scott Co. 2, Woodford Co. 1: It fell to seniors Tevis and Stamper to seal the win.
"Both of them come to work and did their jobs that we asked for them to do," Scott County Coach Jeff Portwood said. "We had a little huddle over there before we hit that last inning and asked them to step it up. If they'd step it up, we'll get a run across the board, and we did."
The Cardinals (26-8) won for the eighth time in nine games despite getting only four hits, three by Tevis.
She started the sixth with a double to left field.
"I could lie and say I wasn't nervous, but I definitely was," Tevis said. "I knew what I had to do and I did my best to do it, to get on base."
Pinch-runner Madison Moss stole third before Stamper hit a double.
"I didn't hit at all," Stamper said of an 0-for-2 start to her day. "And I just thought to myself when I got up there 'this could be my last at-bat in high school, and I have to make it count.' And that's what I did."
Scott County's other run came in the first inning.
Halie Fain drew a leadoff walk, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Sam Smith's sacrifice fly.
Woodford (25-12) tied with a run in the third.
Brooke Corum, who reached on an error, scored on Lindsay Anderson's double.
Tevis just missed a home run in the fourth inning, doubling off the top of the fence in left-center. The Cards wound up leaving the bases loaded that inning.
The Yellowjackets came up just short in the fifth, when Cards center fielder Sam Luckett gunned down Kyla Simpson at the plate.
Lafayette 16, Madison Southern 5: The Generals broke open a close game with eight runs in the seventh.
Lafayette (21-13) finished with 20 hits, including four each by Kara Bethel and Katelynn Mitchell.
"We've been working real hard at practice. Our bats have been kind of down the last couple of games and we've been doing a lot of live pitching, trying to get a lot of extra batting trying to get them ready," Coach Kevin Stephens said. "I think today they came to bring their bats finally."
The Eagles (21-8) took a 4-1 lead in the first inning.
A five-spot in the third inning, highlighted by Sarah Cooley's three-run homer, put Lafayette ahead to stay.
Franklin County 9, Henry Clay 4: The 17th-ranked Flyers came out firing as Kara Howard led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run.
"I just wanted to go up and get a base shot," Howard said. "I know I have to get on to start my team behind me. So getting up there and just for it to go out was just icing on the cake."
Franklin County added another run in the first, one in the third and five in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead. Howard's second homer of the game, a two-run shot to center, sparked the fourth-inning attack.
Henry Clay (16-13) showed some fight by scoring in each of the last three innings.
"We came out of the gate strong and hard, and we've been talking about that all year long, how critically important that is," Franklin County Coach Tracy Spickard said. "Especially this time of year. You've got to get out of the gate strong. And we did that. I'm real proud of the way we put the bat on the ball the first few innings."
Paul Dunbar 15, Berea 0 (4): The Bulldogs broke out their bats early and often, winning by mercy rule in four innings.
"It's all about timely hitting and strong defense. They came out and did those today," Dunbar Coach Jenny Hill said. "We had some hiccups in the beginning but luckily overcame them pretty quick."
Riley Brown had three of 10 hits for Dunbar (19-12-2), which has won five in a row and 10 of 11. Tia Wilson had two extra-base hits and drove in four runs.
Berea (13-15) had just two singles off Shelby Shanks.
Lafayette 16, Madison Southern 5
Lafayette 105 011 8—16 20 1
Madison Southern 400 010 0— 5 13 4
Stephens and Mitchell. Bord and Riley. W—Stephens. L—Bord. 2B—L: Perkins, Cooley, Winchester; MS: Anglin, Mays 2, Lannam, Ab. Reimschussell. HR—L: Cooley.
Franklin County 9, Henry Clay 4
Henry Clay 000 012 1—4 8 4
Franklin County 201 501 x—9 10 0
Hensley, Parsons (4) and Miller. Howard and Wiard. W—Howard. L—Hensley. 2B—FC: Edwards, Wiard, Sanders; HC: Miller, Cooper. HR—FC: Howard 2, Sanders; HC: Parsons.
Paul Dunbar 15, Berea 0
Berea 000 0— 0 2 3
Paul Dunbar 027 6—15 10 1
Ingram and Penn. Shanks and Ferguson. W—Shanks. L—Ingram. 2B—D: Harvey, Wilson. 3B—D: Brown, Wilson.
Scott County 2, Woodford County 1
Woodford County 001 000 0—1 5 3
Scott County 100 001 x—2 4 1
Todd and Head. Tevis and Ison. W—Tevis. L—Todd. 2B—WC: Moussette, Anderson; SC: Tevis 2, Stamper.
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