Boyle, Garrard softball teams open season with wins
Published 11:59 pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Boyle County softball team rallied with a huge seventh inning to take its opening game of the season, an 11-10 win over host Madison Central on Thursday.
The Rebels entered the seventh down 7-4 before scoring seven runs in the frame. Central posted three in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t tie the contest.
Gracie Edmiston had a pair of hits and five RBIs for the Boyle. Madison Robbins also had two hits, and Keely Bowling drove in two runs.
The Rebels had eight hits but also committed four errors in the field.
Katy Grace Chadwell pitched five innings for the Rebels.
GARRARD COUNTY 12, BEREA 3 — The visiting Golden Lions pounded out 17 hits and used a nine-run fifth inning to blow open their season opener.
Sam Adams and Kesli Moss each had three hits to lead Garrard. They both also scored twice.
Maddy Day, Elle Montgomery and Jaydan Norris each had two hits. Day had two runs and two RBIs.
“We started slow with the cold weather and it also being the first game of the year,” Lions coach Todd Montgomery said. “Our hitters were anxious early in the game causing them to miss pitches they usually drive. Once we settled down, we were able to put together 12 runs on 17 hits.”
Elle Montgomery pitched all seven innings, one earned run on one hit. She struck out eight while walking two.
“We see areas we need to work and improve on it but it is nice to start the season with a win,” coach Montgomery said.
BOYLE COUNTY 19, EAST JESSAMINE 6 (6 innings) — Drew Baker had four hits and three RBIs to lead the Rebels to a road win and a 2-0 record.
Hunter Mason and Ty Dragan also had three RBIs for Boyle. Mason had three hits.
Tristen Helton had four strikeouts on the mound to lead the pitching staff. The Rebels gave up six hits.
ROCKCASTLE COUNTY 7, MERCER COUNTY 2 — Mason Hazelwood had seven strikeouts in four innings, but the Titans lost their season opener on the road.
Hazelwood and Hunter Armstong led the Titans offense with two hits apiece.
The game was tied entering the bottom of the sixth inning when Rockcastle scored five runs for the win.
DANVILLE 9, CASEY COUNTY 0 — Brian Baxa pitched six scoreless innings as the Admirals improved to 3-0 with the road win. Baxa allowed three hits and walked three batters, but he struck out 11.
Zach Dampier gave up one walk and no hits while striking out three in the seventh inning.
Mason Schroeder had three hits to lead the Ads offense, scoring once and driving in another. Jacob Crank and Ellison Stanfield each had two hits; Stanfield scored twice.
Baxa helped his cause with a home run, driving in three runs.
Danville scored seven runs in the final four innings.
DANVILLE 5, MADISON SOUTHERN 4 — The Admirals won five of six singles matches to take the road win. Elizabeth Joiner, Annabelle Graves, Eleanor Grubbs, Katie Stamm and Grace Crawford all won at their spots.
Evey Kinkade lost at sixth singles by two points.
Claire Strysick and Elisabeth Nesmith lost at first doubles. Virginia Harp and Ayi’Naibreon Xisin lost at second doubles, and Keely McKnight and Marian Burnett lost at third.
CASEY COUNTY 8, SOMERSET 1 — The Rebels swept the doubles positions and five of six singles spots to claim the road win and improve to 2-0.
Laci Lee and Sarah Harne won at first doubles, and Bekah Cochran and Abi Crew won at second. Madi Meece and Gena Cravens took the win at third doubles.
Kristen Hogue, Harne, Lee, Crew and Cochran all won their singles matches. Amber Pierce lost to Charity Nickell 6-4 at first singles.
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