Form held true in Monday's 11th Region softball tournament at Paul Laurence Dunbar. All four district champions advanced to the semifinals.
No. 6 Woodford County ousted Henry Clay 10-1, before Madison Central edged Lafayette 5-2. In the early games, Dunbar topped Model 9-3, while defending state champion and third-ranked Scott County handled Western Hills 10-1.
No. 6 Woodford Co. 10, Henry Clay 1: Bethany Todd gave up only a single and three walks while fanning 13.
Amanda Head and Lindsay Anderson led the Yellowjackets' offense with two hits each, combining for three RBI.
Henry Clay (19-14) led 1-0 through 3½ innings.
"We came out just jacked up, excited to play," Woodford Coach Sasha Turansky said. "We really feel like this is our year. We came out and really swung out of our shoes and let that kind of get in our heads a little bit. But once we settled down and started making (Beth Ann Hamilton) throw more pitches, we really were able to put the ball in play and make them make plays, and put runs across the board."
The Blue Devils' run came when Hamilton led off the game with a walk and took second on a passed ball. She stole third as Megan Worrell struck out, and continued home as Worrell was thrown out at first.
Woodford (32-3-1) exploded for four two-out runs in the fourth. One scored on Anderson's misplayed single, and three more scored courtesy of a pair of outfield errors.
"I think these kids try to do the best they can," Henry Clay Coach George Beard said. "Sometimes I tell them that errors win games. And that's what happened in this game. We committed errors."
Woodford added a run in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Meanwhile, Todd had her rise ball and curveball working. Lauren Craig's fifth-inning bunt single broke up the no-hitter.
"I feel pretty good about it," Todd said. "I threw a pretty good game."
Madison Central 5, Lafayette 2: Lafayette scored the game's first two runs in the second inning, but the Indians answered with three in the bottom of the frame.
"We're going to hit the ball regardless," said Daniel Rogers, the coach of Central (22-10). "That's what we've done in about the last 11, 12 games. We may be down, but we're going to hit regardless of what might happen. So our girls aren't going to give up."
Rylee Clark, Mackenzie Murphy and Emily Hahn came through with consecutive run-scoring doubles in the second, and Morgan Elliston added a solo home run in the fifth.
Lafayette (23-15) pressured in the fifth and the sixth.
With Aimee Mudd on first and one out in the fifth, Kecia Stephens doubled to left. Mudd was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw by shortstop Sarah Arthur.
"I sent Aimee Mudd," Lafayette Coach Kevin Stephens said. "We were down 3-2, and sometimes as a coach you know you might not have another chance to score a run. So that was my decision there, to go for it, because there might not be no tomorrow. And they've got to make the perfect throw, perfect relays, to make that happen. It was a close play at the plate. If I had it to do over, I think I'd do the same thing again."
The Generals filled the bases with two outs in the sixth. A popup ended the threat.
Madison Central loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and salvaged a run on Sydney Vaugh's sacrifice fly.
Paul Dunbar 9, Model 3: Shelby Shanks hit a pair of doubles and drove in four runs as the Bulldogs rolled.
Dunbar (17-13) scored a run in the first, but stayed quiet the next three innings.
In the fifth, consecutive two-out doubles by Tia Wilson, Shanks, Brooke Hill and Riley Brown produced three runs.
"We were seeing the ball and we weren't hitting very much," Shanks said. "She (Model pitcher Casey Osborne) was coming inside on us. So we were trying to get our hands through and hit the ball, and we finally did that in that (fifth) inning."
Shanks and Brown also had run-scoring doubles in a five-run sixth inning.
Model (16-11) scored all of its runs in the seventh.
Abby Vicars drew a bases-loaded walk, and Hayley Hunt delivered a two-run single.
No. 3 Scott Co. 10, Western Hills 1: The Cardinals gave up an unearned run in the top of the first inning, then took care of business.
"They played well, as you can see," Coach Jeff Portwood said. "The sticks were on. We've asked for it from the beginning, and worked hard this week on nothing but hitting and pitching. ... Hopefully we can carry this momentum into the next game."
Samantha Luckett's first-inning solo homer tied the game.
Luckett, Halie Fain, Hannah Davis and Taylor Ricketts finished with two hits each for Scott County (28-8).
Scott County took a 2-1 lead with a run in the second, then blew the game open with four in the third and three in the fourth.
Kennedy Sullivan pitched the first four innings, with CeCe Wittry closing matters.
"The girls in the circle, both of them were hitting spots tremendously today," Portwood said. "Everything I called on the bucket, they were putting it where they needed to be. That gives the defense a chance."
Lakenzie Ritchie had two hits and scored the lone run for the Wolverines (21-10).
Paul Dunbar 9, Model 3
Model 000 000 3—3 6 2
Paul Dunbar 100 035 x—9 11 5
C. Osborne and Noland; Schweighardt, Wilson (5) and Judy. 2B—Wilson, Shanks 2, Hill, Brown 2, D.
Scott Co. 10, Western Hills 1
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Scott County 114 301 x—10 11 1
T. Hawkins, Slade (4) and M. Hawkins; Sullivan, Wittry (5) and Ison. 2B—Ritchie, WH; Davis, Ricketts, Luckett, SC. HR—Luckett, SC.
Woodford Co. 10, Henry Clay 1
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Woodford County 000 415 x—10 8 0
Hamilton, Cooper (6), Menifee (6) and Miller; Todd and Head.
Madison Central 5, Lafayette 2
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Madison Central 030 011 x—5 12 1
Stephens, Jeter (6) and Dillon; Patton and Hendrix. 2B—Stephens, L; Clark, Murphy, Hahn, MC.