ON THE BIG STAGE: Johnson Central second baseman Ryan Sartin-Slone, above, has the ball elude him during the Golden Eagles’ 3-1 loss to Highlands in the opening round of the state baseball tournament. Below, starting hurler Braxton Kelly delivers a pitch during the fourth inning. JC finished 31-8-1.
Medical Leader | Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER

Pikeville, JC fall on big stage

By: 
Teddy Paynter

OWENSBORO — Pikeville’s first trip to the girls’ state softball tournament for the first time since 2002 was short-lived as the Lady Panthers were eliminated by Woodford County, 12-2, in the second day of play at Jack C. Fisher Park on June 9.

 

The Lady Panthers, who finished 30-8, was bounced into the loser’s bracket when eventual state champion Madisonville-North Hopkins rolled to a 10-1 victory on June 8.

 

In the loss to Woodford County, Pikeville took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when losing pitcher Erika Conn delivered a two-out, two-run single, scoring Alexis Stanley, who had reached on an error, and Savanna Nunemaker, who had doubled.

 

The Lady Panthers managed five hits in the elimination game. Lindsey Lockhart, Cassidy Lowe and Lindsey McNamee all singled.

 

In the opening loss to Madisonville-NH, Pikeville managed five hits. Camryn Slone singled and scored while Conn, Lockhart, Lowe and McNamee added singles.

 

Pikeville advanced to the state tournament, winning the 15th Region title over Johnson Central.

 

 

 

At Owensboro

 

(State Tournament)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PK (30-8)…............................002 00 – 2- 5-2

 

WC (34-6)…..........................000 (12)x – 12-10-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Caitlin Karo

 

LP – Erika Conn

 

Hitting: Erika Conn 1b, 2 RBI; Savanna Nunemaker 2b, 1r; Alexis Stanley 1r; Lindsey Lockhart 1b; Cassidy Lowe 1b; Lindsey McNamee 1b, Pikeville.

 

 

 

At Owensboro

 

(State Tournament)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

MNH (34-5)….....................051 013 0 – 10-16-2

 

PK (30-7)……......................000 001 0 – 1- 5-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Courtney Patterson

 

LP – Erika Conn

 

Hitting: Camryn Slone 1b, 1r; Erika Conn 1b; Lindsey Lockhart 1b; Cassidy Lowe 1b; Lindsey McNamee 1b, Pikeville.

 

Highlands……...........................3

 

Johnson Central….....................1

 

LEXINGTON — Johnson Central’s explosive offense was held in check as the Golden Eagles managed just two hits in an opening round loss to nemesis Highlands, 3-1, in the opening round of the boys’ state tournament at Whitaker Park Ballpark on June 9.

 

The Golden Eagles, who finished 31-8-1, struggled from the outset against Blue Bird hurler Ethan Doty, who was dominating. Doty struck out 12 and walked just one in throwing 123 pitches.

 

His performance outdueled JC starter and losing pitcher Braxton Kelly who worked four innings, allowing three runs on two hits. Tate Meade worked the final two innings.

 

JC leadoff hitter Geordon Blanton tripled to start the sixth inning and scored on a throwing error by the shortstop for the Golden Eagles lone run.

 

Cody Rice had the only other hit for JC.

 

The Golden Eagles had eliminated Highlands in the opening round one year ago.

 

 

 

At Lexington

 

(State Tournament)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

JC (31-8-1)...........................…000 001 0 – 1-2-3

 

HL (26-12)…...........................000 210 x – 3-4-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Ethan Doty

 

LP – Braxton Kelly

 

Hitting: Geordon Blanton 3b, 1r; Cody Rice 1b, Johnson Central.