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June 4, 2018

Pikeville wins 15th region for second year in a row...

PAINTSVILLE, KY -- In the 15th Region softball championship Pikeville (31-9) erased a two run deficit in the 5th inning to beat Lawrence Co. 6-3 on a sun splashed Saturday afternoon at Johnson Central High school Field.

Mackenzie Methax makes a running catch in foul territory as the Pikeville first base coach tries to avoid contact. Mackenzie Methax makes a running catch in foul territory as the Pikeville first base coach tries to avoid contact.

The Lady Panthers scored 3 runs in the fifth and 2 runs in the sixth to win their second straight Region Championship and advance to Owensboro later this week.

Lawrence Co. will end their historic season with a 28-9 record.

LC's Halli Caudill beats the throw to first for a base hit against Pikeville. LC's Halli Caudill beats the throw to first for a base hit against Pikeville.

In the bottom of the first leadoff hitter Halli Caudill reached base and stole second and third before scoring to tie it up at 1-1.

In the third inning the Lady Dawgs pushed two runs across but were inches away from breaking open the game when a base runner was hit with a line drive that would have scored two runs.

In the fourth inning a Lady Bulldog hitter was called out for stepping on the plate after hitting a double that would have scored a run with two outs while leading 3-1.

Ciana Bowen rounds first and heads toward second in the 15th Region Championship game on Saturday. Ciana Bowen rounds first and heads toward second in the 15th Region Championship game on Saturday.


Lawrence Co. Head Coach Kenny Horn

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... It was a tough loss, It’s hard to lose the way we did. Very proud of this team and all that they accomplished. This year has been very exciting and it was a pleasure to be apart of it.”

“... It’s always tough to see the seniors' high school careers come to an end. Brittany, Keyerah and Ciana played a huge role to the success of this team.”

“... Most people don't realize the time and hard work that goes into a season. It takes all year to put a team together that can compete for a regional title. God really blessed us this year!”

 

 

June 4, 2018

Bulldogs lose 'heartbreaker' in Region 15 semifinals to Tigers

PAINTSVILLE, KY -- In a game that ended at 12:02 Saturday morning it was Paintsville (25-12) eliminating Lawrence Co. 3-2 in the semifinals of the 15th Region tournament at Johnson Central.

Paintsville scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and then held on for the victory.

Lawrence Co. ended the season at 31-8 and had chances during the game to seize control but couldn’t get the big hit.

 

LC's  8th Grader Bryce Blevins walks off the field to a nice ovation in the 7th inning. LC's 8th Grader Bryce Blevins walks off the field to a nice ovation in the 7th inning. Southpaw 8th Grader Bryce Blevins was outstanding in his 7 and 2/3 innings on the mound.

The Tigers scored a run in the first on a RBI groundout, a run in the 4th on a bases loaded walk, and in the seventh on an error which was a really tough play with two outs.

For the Dawgs offensively they only mustered three hits but had plenty of bases runners in scoring position. Jarrett Fairchild doubled and scored, Peyton Cyrus singled and scored, Tyler Maynard singled, and CJ Fairchild had an RBI sacrifice fly.

 

 

 

LC senior Peyton Cyrus dives into second base safely after an attempted pick off throw. LC senior Peyton Cyrus dives into second base safely after an attempted pick off throw.


Lawrence Co. Head Coach Travis Feltner

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... We had our chances and just missed some opportunities, had the right guys up in some key situations and it just didn’t work out. It was a great ballgame and taking nothing away from Paintsville, they made the pitches and the plays when they needed to.”

“... Bryce was great tonight and CJ came in and gave us a chance to win with the huge strikeout in a one run game. We had some tough luck defensively and it cost us.”

 LC senior Jarrett Fairchild standing on second after a double in the 15th Region semifinals vs Paintsville. LC senior Jarrett Fairchild standing on second after a double in the 15th Region semifinals vs Paintsville. “... Nothing against the teams playing on the title game, but tonight was the Championship game in my opinion. Those two cross town rivals will get after each other.”

“...The five seniors starting with Dakota. He has been a great teammate an unbelievable presence and very important to our team.”

“... With Jarrett (Fairchild), we have had a rocky past and he was awesome this year. He was at the forefront this season, he has played at a high level all year I was hoping he would get one more chance so he could hit one in the football field.”

“... Peyton is one the most talented kids I have ever coached, hands down, bar none. He had a great year after battling injuries last season and little bit this year.”

“... When Kade came in as a freshman he was weak, slow and I can’t name a day or days that he missed from offseason workouts to anything we did. He made himself an every day starter and a pitcher for us.”

“... Brad is one my favorite kids that I have ever coached. Not one bad practice his entire career was never late, played hurt, played multiple positions and never complained one bit. I’m excited for him he is going to continue playing at the next level.”

 

 

JUNE 2, 2018

PAINTSVILLE, KY --  For the first time since 2010 Lawrence Co. (28-8) will play for a 15th Region softball championship after a 10-2 rout of Pike Co. Central ( 24-13 ) in the semifinals Friday evening at Johnson Central.

Assistant Coach and Dad Dennis Bowen gives Ciana Bowen a high five after hitting her second homer of the game vs Pike Co. Central.Assistant Coach and Dad Dennis Bowen gives Ciana Bowen a high five after hitting her second homer of the game vs Pike Co. Central.

Lady Dawg Senior slugger Ciana Bowen slammed her 11th and 12th home runs of the year and pitched a complete game allowing four hits and striking out nine Lady Hawks.

Pike Co. Central scored one in the first but Lawrence Co. grabbed the momentum back with a three spot in the bottom half behind a Abby Fletcher RBI hit that scored Amber Triplett and a Mackenzie Methax RBI double that scored courtesy runner Emily Burke and the Lady Bulldogs never trailed.

LC's Kassidy Cavins asked for time after stealing second against Pike Co. Central in the 15th Region Tournament. LC's Kassidy Cavins asked for time after stealing second against Pike Co. Central in the 15th Region Tournament. Mackenzie Methax continued her hot hitting with three hits, Amber Triplett one hit and two runs scored.

Abby Fletcher, Kassidy Cavins and Halli Caudill finished with one hit and one run scored each, Ashley Hayes had a RBI single and Brittany Shapaka scored a run.


Lawrence Co. will face defending Region Pikeville who was a 9-0 winner over Johnson Central at Noon today.

The teams met once this season on April 14th in Pikeville at the Lyndal Potter Memorial with the Lady Dawgs winning 1-0.

 

Lawrence Co. Head Coach Kenny Horn

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... We didn’t play our best, just didn’t have much of an edge tonight. Not sure if they thought just come up without much effort and win. Pike Central scoring in the first helped us refocus and we bounced right back with three runs.”

“... Usually when we play well the games are close together and this layoff hurt a little. We have put all of the work in this past fall, winter, spring and played all these games to get to this point all the matters now in the 15th Region Championship game on Saturday.”

“... We have been twice to the State tourney but haven’t been since 2010 and eight years is a long time. I want this for the kids it’s a great experience and something they can never take away. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

 

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