Scott County dominating at State Softball Tournament
Highlights from the second day of the Worth/KHSAA State Softball Tournament at Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro. This post will be updated throughout the day as other games become final.
Complete box scores from the KHSAA are hyperlinked on the scoreline.
Winner’s bracket quarterfinals
Scott County 11, Louisville Holy Cross 0 (6): Kennedy Sullivan and CeCeWittry 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 Cards a 10-0 lead in the top of the sixth.
Male 5, North Laurel 1: The Bulldogs, who knocked off No. 1 McCracken County in the first round, set up a rematch with Scott County in the winner’s 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.
Taylor Childress drove in two runs on a single to extend Male’s 2-1 lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
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 into the consolation bracket.
Consolation bracket, first round
East Carter 4, Johnson Central 0: Montana Fouts threw a complete-game no-hitter, her 14th this season for the Raiders, who picked up their first state-tournament win in program history with a 4-0 victory over Johnson Central. Fouts, a sophomore who’s committed to the University of Alabama, struckout 15 of the 22 batters she faced.
Fouts nearly threw her 10th perfect game of the season. Samantha Stapleton, who reached on an error, was Johnson Central’s only baserunner. The Golden Eagles were eliminated with the loss.
Taylor Jackson was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate for East Carter (35-1).
Central Hardin 10, Clark County 4: The Bruins came up with 10 runs on as many hits to end the Cardinals’ season at 19-16. Aubree Muse was 2-for-4 and scored four runs for the Bruins (32-9).
McCracken County 12, Estill County 1 (5): The Mustangs, looking to make an unprecedented trip from the first round of consolation play to the state finals, made quick work of the Engineers (22-13). Tori Humphrey was 3-for-3 with two RBI for McCracken (37-3).
Anderson County 7, South Warren 2: Bailey Curry added to her state record with her 62nd career home run to leadoff the seventh inning to put a cap on the Beartcats’ victory.
Consolation bracket, second round
McCracken County 6, Highlands 2: Hannah Ridolfi threw a complete game to pick up the win for the Mustangs (38-3).