High School Sports

East Jessamine routed 10-0 by perfect Patriots in state softball

OWENSBORO — Kelsi Pardue just focuses on each pitch.

The junior pitcher from Allen County-Scottsville tries to not to worry about anything else going on around her.

So excuse Pardue if she didn't even realize she'd thrown a perfect game at the state tournament until it was over.

"I didn't really have a clue that I was throwing a perfect game until the game was over," the Western Kentucky commitment said after she helped the Patriots top East Jessamine 10-0 in five innings. "It's pretty exciting."

Pardue said she couldn't recall ever throwing a perfect game before, but she admitted that she probably wouldn't have noticed.

"I don't really think about that kind of stuff," she said.

Pardue was highly efficient, throwing 46 strikes in 59 pitches. She struck out 11 of the 18 Jaguars batters she faced.

"She was pretty dominating and she could go after them and they were late a lot swinging," ACS Coach Rick Roberts said. "I don't think they saw anyone quite like her this season. She was really hard to catch up with."

Allen County-Scottsville (37-4-1), which recorded its 24th shutout of the season behind Pardue, scored four runs in the fourth inning. Morghan Prock led the offensive output, knocking in three runs with her two hits.

Pardue was one of four players with two hits in the Patriots' win, their 13th in a row this season.

Other highlights

No. 11 Central Hardin 10, No. 13 North Laurel 2: The Bruins were dominant in a battle of top-15 teams, holding North Laurel to three hits while getting eight of their own.

Brianna Blair, Baylee Sullivan and Ashley Hughes had two hits apiece for Central Hardin (35-5), which won its 15th straight. Abbi Goedde had three RBI in the win.

Neither team had its best defensive games with 12 errors between them.

No. 16 Pleasure Ridge Park 9, No. 24 Montgomery County 0: The Panthers (32-7) scored six runs in the sixth inning to break open the game. Autumn McDuffie had two hits and two RBI for the winners. Sara Paragon had three hits and scored two runs.

Pleasure Ridge Park had 12 hits.

Hopkins County Central 5, Walton-Verona 0: It was a total team effort for the Storm (29-10), who got all seven hits from seven different batters en route to their 13th shutout of the season. Ali Austin allowed four hits in seven complete innings.

No. 1 Ballard 15, Letcher County Central 0 (three innings): The top-ranked Bruins (36-4) remained unbeaten against in-state opponents — easily.

Meghan McCreery pushed in four runs with her two hits to lead Ballard's attack. Hannah Gray and Jessica Adell also had two hits.

It was Ballard's 22nd straight win this season.

Ryle 12, Magoffin County 1: Shortstop Jenna Sander knocked in three runs with her hit and seven different Ryle (31-8) players had two hits in the win over tournament first-timer Magoffin County (28-11).

Calloway County 3, No. 17 Ashland Blazer 0: Lindsey Rucker gave up just one hit in seven innings to lead the Lakers (23-12-1) to the victory, their fifth straight. It also was their 11th shutout of the season.

The Kittens (29-9) didn't help themselves with three errors.

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