Jun 8, 2012 11:32 AM
The draw was not friendly No. 8 Scott County.
The Cardinals had to face No. 3 Greenwood in the first round of the Rawlings/KHSAA Softball State Tournament in Owensboro. The Lady Gators knocked off defending champ No. 1 Allen County-Scottsville to win the Fourth Region championship. Greenwood showed why it is one of the favorites to win it all this year, blanking the Lady Cards 3-0 Thursday.
The Lady Gators plated the only run they would need in the bottom of the first. After a leadoff walk, Aeron Smith dove the run home from second base on a two-out single. Greenwood plated two insurance runs in the sixth.
Scott County fell into the losers' bracket and faces an elimination game against Bullitt East at 11 a.m. CDT Friday.
Greenwood will take on Mercy in the winners' bracket.
Mercy rolled over Bullitt East 16-1.
Tenth ranked North Laurel got a 3-1 victory over Ashland Blazer Thursday.
With the score tied 1-1, the Lady Jaguars got a double from eighth grader Mikayla Vires and took advantage of two Ashland errors to plate a pair of sixth inning runs to get the win.
After giving up an RBI single to McKenzie Vanover in the third, North Laurel pitcher Megan Baldwin settled in and held the Lady Kittens to just one hit the rest of the way. Baldwin also helped her own cause, driving in the Jags' first run in the opening frame.
North Laurel faces Ryle in the winners' bracket. Ashland will have to fight its way out of the losers' bracket, starting with a Friday matchup against Christian County.
Boyle County got a win in its opening game, knocking off Oldham County 4-1. Amy Woolum and Hannah Chadwell drove in a pair of runs each for the Lady Rebels, and Hannah Miniard held No. 22 Oldham County to a single run on five hits.
Boyle County faces Estill County on Friday in the winners' bracket.
The Lady Engineers scored three runs in the seventh to overcome a 2-0 deficit and knock off Nicholas County. Rachel Robinson drove in the first run to spark the comeback, and Shelby Arthur blasted a two-out double to left center to secure the win.
In other action, Christian County topped Ryle 1-0 and Owensboro Catholic got past Johnson Central 2-1.