RICHMOND — Madison Central and Scott County advanced to the championship game of the 11th Region softball tournament with wins Wednesday at Eastern Kentucky University's Gertrude Hood Field.
Thursday's championship will be at Madison Southern after the field at EKU was unavailable because of a Special Olympics event. The semifinals and finals were pushed back a day by Tuesday's rainout.
On Wednesday, Scott County played up to its No. 8 state ranking, defeating Woodford County 11-2.
"That was a great team game," said Scott County Coach Scott Walker. "Our defense was strong."
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The Cardinals put five runs on the board in the second inning, and pounded out 14 hits in the game.
"That was about as good of an inning as we can play," Walker said. "In key situations today, we didn't chase."
Shortstop Michal Luckett went 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead Scott County.
"I felt pretty confident up there," Luckett said. "I was just trying to ease into my swing and not trying to jump out of my shoes to hit the ball."
Starting pitcher Marlee Tevis pitched six innings, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs.
"It's good to know you have a solid defense behind your back," Tevis said. "That's probably one of the main reasons I am able to put the ball across the plate."
She also contributed two hits and two RBI.
"Everybody was confident today, and that spreads like a wildfire," Tevis said. "We swung at our pitches, not theirs."
Tevis pitched nine innings Monday and six more Wednesday, but she said she feels ready for the championship game Thursday.
Walker said his team will have a tough matchup against Madison Central.
"They are another one of those teams that just won't give up. They will play the full seven innings," Walker said. "They put a lot of runs on the board in a quick amount of time. We will have to play a complete game to win a championship."
Madison Central 7 Franklin County 5: The Lady Indians came back from an early 5-2 deficit to defeat the Lady Flyers.
"We got down early and weren't playing the best, but we didn't give up and that's what this team has been about all year long," Madison Central Coach Daniel Rogers said.
A two-run home run over the left-center field wall by the Lady Indians' Katie Brock in the bottom of the fifth inning gave them a 6-5 lead.
"I knew I had it in me, I just had to take a deep breath and tell myself I could do it, and I let it rip," Brock said.
Franklin County had jumped out to an early lead, scoring five runs on five hits in the first three innings. The Flyers also capitalized on three Madison Central errors.
"It started a little shaky, but we pulled it out," said Madison Central starting pitcher Mackenzie Wilder.
Wilder settled down in the late innings, retiring 14 of the final 16 batters she faced.
"The last three innings she shut them down. She did what she was supposed to do," Rogers said. "For her to have that poise and strength is just awesome."
Madison Central second baseman Jodi Cline committed two errors, but she reached base all four times at the plate, going 3-for-3 and scoring twice.
"Jodi is one of the best players that has ever played here," Rogers said. "For someone who hasn't hardly made an error in the field all year long to struggle a little bit out there like she did, and then just get up and kill the ball — that's what this entire team is about."
Franklin Co. 032 000 0—5 7 3
Madison Central 112 021 x—7 10 3
Kara Howard, Ashley Hack (2), Kara Howard (6) and Macy Johnson. Mackenzie Wilder and Jadelyn Rice. 2B—Kristin Congleton (MC), Jodi Clines (MC) 3B—Ashley Hack (FC) HR—Katie Brock (MC)
Records—Madison Central 24-12, Franklin Co. 23-14
Woodford County 000 020 0— 2 9 0
Scott County 152 030 x—11 14 0
Shelby Abel, Rachel McCoy (3) and Darrian Jamison. Marlee Tevis, Tiffany Wickline (7) and Kelcie Crowe. 2B—Kelcie Crowe (SC), Tiffany Wickline (SC), Elaina Johnson (SC) 3B—Michal Luckett (SC)
Records—Scott Co. 31-7-1, Woodford Co. 23-15