OWENSBORO — Greenwood's Gators took another huge step toward its ultimate goal Friday.
Aiming to become the first undefeated state champion in Kentucky fast pitch softball history, Greenwood dispatched second-ranked Lone Oak 9-0 at Jack C. Fisher Park.
The Gators (42-0) thus move into Saturday's winners'-bracket finals against Mercy or Owensboro Catholic.
The latter teams were still in progress at press time, because of a rain delay of about 4½ hours during afternoon play in the Rawlings/KHSAA State Tournament. The actual rainfall was short but intense, leaving the tarp-less infields a muddy mess.
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Greenwood scored an unearned run in the first inning and never looked back.
Aeron Smith and Angela Adkins each singled in a third-inning run to put the Gators up 3-0.
Another unearned run came home in the fifth, and the floodgates opened with a five-run seventh.
Elizabeth Moss got the shutout, scattering six hits.
Mercy 1, Boyle County 0: Boyle's Hannah Miniard held the defending champions to four hits, but that wasn't good enough in a winners' bracket game.
The third-ranked Jaguars (35-7) manufactured a fifth-inning run with a walk, two sacrifice bunts and Morgan Meyer's two-out infield single.
Along the way, Mercy lost shortstop Erika Downey for the rest of the tournament with what is believed to be a torn ACL.
Chelsea Gill and Hannah Chadwell each had two of six hits produced by No. 13 Boyle (30-9).
Owensboro Catholic 5, Ashland Blazer 1: Kendyl Bahnick's two-run homer highlighted a four-run sixth inning that broke up a 1-1 tie in a winners' bracket contest.
That was one of only four hits the sixth-ranked Lady Aces scratched out against Megan Hensley.
Sydney Cullop and Katie Caron each had two of Ashland's six hits.
Greenwood 13, Notre Dame 0 (6): The top-ranked Gators opened the day with a run-rule victory, jumping to an 8-0 lead in the first inning and banging out 19 hits.
Leadoff batter Emily Gravette led Greenwood (41-0) with four hits, four RBI and two runs. No. 2 batter Raley Slone added three hits, two RBI and a run. Alexis Dean, hitting in the sixth slot, also had three hits, with an RBI and two runs.
Elizabeth Moss and Brittany Graham combined on a two-hitter.
Oldham Co. 10, Estill Co. 0: Jessica Leanhart and Kristen Smith combined on a no-hitter as the No. 12 Colonels romped.
Leanhart struck out eight and walked one over five innings. After a rain delay, Smith worked the final inning, striking out one.
Rayne Shelton had four hits, two RBI and three runs for the Colonels.
Boyle Co. 9, Central Hardin 1: Hannah Miniard fired a two-hitter and drove in three runs as Boyle County romped.
Lauren Richards homered for the Rebels and drove in three runs, and Sammi Key had a solo homer among her two hits.
Montgomery Co. 4, South Laurel 2: Montgomery County edged No. 19 South Laurel, sparked by Hunter Scott's two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning that erased a 2-1 deficit.
Ashland Blazer 2, Montgomery Co. 0: Megan Hensley scattered six hits, with 14 strikeouts and three walks, as the Kittens blanked Montgomery County.
McKenzie Vanover had two hits and an RBI for the winners.
Central Hardin 6, Male 4: A six-run sixth inning propelled No. 10 Central Hardin. The 20th-ranked Bulldogs led 4-0 when rain interrupted play.