East Jessamine’s season ended in the third round of consolation play at the hands of No. 1 McCracken County, but it reached that game with one of the most thrilling performances in the 2016 Worth/KHSAA State Softball Tournament.
With the Jaguars down to their final out against Anderson County, senior Allison Schubert delivered a two-run walkoff double to lift East Jessamine over the Bearcats, 10-9.
Anderson County took a 9-7 lead in the top of the seventh after an RBI single by Mia Aldridge. Abigail James, also a senior, answered with her own run-scoring single in the bottom frame for East Jessamine before Schubert’s game-winning hit.
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East Jessamine Coach Tom Hamm could feel it coming.
“When Abby was up to bat, I just put my head down and said a little prayer,” Hamm said. “To have been here seven years and to have done all the stuff they’ve done, I wanted Ally to have another shot. ‘Just give Ally one more shot, that’s all I ask.’
“She got a hit and Ally came up to bat. I looked at her and just threw my hands up and she was smiling ear to ear. I said, ‘I know we’re gonna win it.’”
McCracken County senior Audrey Dodd later threw 12 strikeouts in a six-inning win over the Jaguars. The Mustangs advanced to the fourth round of consolation play, where they met Male, the team that sprang a 3-1 upset to send them into the consolation bracket on Thursday.
Winner’s bracket quarterfinals
Scott County 11, Louisville Holy Cross 0 (6): Kennedy Sullivan and CeCe Wittry combined to throw six innings of one-hit softball in the winner’s bracket quarterfinals.
Hannah Davis and Halie Fain each went 3-for-4 for the Cardinals, who advanced to play Male. Fain, Scott County’s leadoff hitter, scored three runs. Davis finished the game with four RBI, two coming on a single to put Scott up 4-0 in the second inning and the other two on a double in the fourth.
A three-run homer by Taylor Ricketts — her second three-run blast of the tournament — gave the No. 3 Cardinals a 10-0 lead in the top of the sixth.
Male 5, North Laurel 1: The Bulldogs, who knocked off No. 1 McCracken County, set up a rematch with Scott County in the winner’s bracket semifinals.
Scott County used a walkoff three-run hit to defeat Male 9-8 in April. That loss was part of a round-robin tournament in Georgetown, during which Male lost to McCracken County for the second time this season.
Daviess County 8, Highlands 5: Down 5-1 entering the seventh inning, the Panthers reeled off seven unanswered runs to set up a meeting with Madisonville in the winner’s semifinals.
A double up the middle by Taylor Brown gave Daviess County its first lead, 6-5, since the opening inning. Daviess added two more runs before heading to the bottom, where Paige Hill needed just three pitches to send Highlands to the consolation bracket.
Lexie Mullen finished with three RBI on 2-for-4 hitting for Daviess County. Highlands’ Haley Coffey was 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Madisonville 8, East Jessamine 3: After taking a 3-1 lead on a three-run blast by pitcher Hannah James, the Jaguars couldn’t get their bats going and fell to the No. 2 Maroons. Madisonville went on to defeat Daviess County, 6-2, in the winner’s bracket semifinals.
East Carter making noise: After falling in its state-tournament debut, East Carter reeled off three straight consolation wins to set up a meeting with Daviess County in the fourth round late Friday. Montana Fouts, a sophomore committed to the University of Alabama, went the distance for the Raiders (38-1) in all three games.
Fouts started with a 15-strikeout no-hitter in a 4-0 win over Johnson Central before fanning 13 in a 2-1 win over Louisville Holy Cross. She threw a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts in the Raiders’ 6-1 win over Central Hardin.