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May 29, 2018

PAINTSVILLE, KY. -- It was student vs teacher in the first round of the 15th Region softball tournament as Lawrence Co. ( 27-8 ) prevailed 6-0 over Paintsville ( 21-13 ) as Ciana Bowen threw a complete game no hitter Monday afternoon at Johnson Central.

Lady Bulldog Head Coach Kenny Horn ( student ) played for Lady Tiger Head Coach and former LC baseball coaching legend Randy Keeton ( teacher ).

LC's Ciana Bowen strides toward the plate for one of her 11 k’s vs Paintsville as former LCHS baseball coach Randy Keeton, now coaching Girls Softball at Paintsville, looks on. LC's Ciana Bowen strides toward the plate for one of her 11 k’s vs Paintsville as former LCHS baseball coach Randy Keeton, now coaching Girls Softball at Paintsville, looks on.

Bowen struck out 11 and only allowed two base runners the entire game.

The Lady Dawgs dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning with a two out two run RBI single from Mackenzie Methax that scored Halli Caudill who singled and stole second and Amber Triplett.

Mackenzie Methax heads toward first base after her single plates two runs vs Paintsville.Mackenzie Methax heads toward first base after her single plates two runs vs Paintsville.

In the fifth inning Amber Triplett singled and Abby Fletcher drove her in with a RBI double to give the Lady Bulldogs a 3-0


Lawrence Co. broke it open with a three spot in the sixth inning as Halli Caudill, Abby Fletcher and Ciana Bowen drove in runs with singles.

Lady Dawg center fielder Halli Caudill runs down a fly ball in the 15th Region tournament. Lady Dawg center fielder Halli Caudill runs down a fly ball in the 15th Region tournament.

Other offense for the Lady Dawgs Ashley Hayes singled and scored a run, Keyarah Bowen singled, Cavins scored a run and stole 2 bases.


Lady Bulldog catcher Abby Fletcher squeezes the final out of the ballgame.
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Lawrence Co. will advance to the semifinals on Wednesday night at 5:00 vs Pike Co. Central who beat Shelby Valley 7-5 in the second game.

The last two games of the first round between Floyd Central/Johnson Central and Pikeville/Belfry on Monday were postponed and will be played at 5:00 and 7:00 Tuesday.

The semifinals will be played Wednesday and the Championship game is still slated for Thursday at 6:00.


Lawrence Co. Head Coach Kenny Horn

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... We didn’t cash in on some opportunities but I was really proud of the girls today. Ciana was right on it and when she missed they kept chasing so we kept calling for the pitches up in the zone. Anytime you no-hit a team and put up six runs it’s hard to beat.”

“... Lately Methax is really hitting the ball well and with power. They tried to pitch her inside and she was turning on it. We can’t continue to leave runners on and win this thing and this is our best shot in a long time so we got to get those runners in.”

 

May 28, 2018

LADY DAWGS TO FACE KEETON'S LADY TIGERS AT HIGH NOON

PAINTSVILLE, KY. -- The Baseball and Softball Fields at Johnson Central will be jam packed as the 15th Region tournaments kick off with four games on Memorial Day beginning at 11:00 and the last game Scheduled at 6:30 Monday night (tonight).


In the first game of the Softball tourney at Noon Lawrence Co. (26-8) the 58th champs will take on former 57th rival Paintsville (21-12), coached by former Bulldog coaching legend Randy Keeton. The two teams played once in the regular season with the Lady Dawgs squeaking out a 2-1 home victory as Ciana Bowen struck out 17 Lady Tigers.

 


On the Baseball side the Dawgs (30-7) will face former 60th foe Phelps (17-9) at 4:00pm in the third game of the quadruple header. The two teams didn’t meet in the regular season.


Both tournaments should be very exciting with Lawrence Co. having legitimate shots at winning both.


The Bulldogs haven’t been to the State tourney since 2015 and the Lady Dawgs haven’t been since 2009.

MATCHUPS

In the second game of the Softball tourney at 2:00 it will be 60th winner Pike Co. Central ( 23-12 ) vs 59th Runner Up Shelby Valley ( 12-13 ) with 12:00 and 2:00 winners facing off Tuesday at 5:00.

In the third game at 4:00 it will be 57th Winner and host Johnson Central vs 58th Runner Up Floyd Central ( 12-20 ).

In the last game of the first round it will be 59th Winner Pikeville ( 28-9 ) facing 60th Runner Up Belfry ( 17-16 ) and those winners playing at 7:00 Tuesday night.


The Softball Championship game will be Thursday night at 6:30.

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In the opening game of the baseball tournament it will be 59th Champ Pikeville ( 18-11 ) facing off with 58th Runner Up Betsy Layne ( 7-21 ) at 11:00.

In the second game it will be 60th Champ Pike Co. Central ( 23-5 ) vs Host and 57th Runner Up Johnson Central ( 20-14 ) at 1:30.

Those winners will play at 5:00 Tuesday night.

In the last game of the day at 6:30 it will be 57th Champ Paintsville ( 22-12 ) vs 59th Runner Up Shelby Valley ( 14-14 ).

The winner of that game will take on the winner of Lawrence Co./ Phelps at 7:30 Tuesday night.


The Baseball Championship game will be at 7:00 on Wednesday night.

 

May 25, 2018

LANGLEY, KY. -- Lawrence Co. scored six runs in the bottom of the first and were never challenged in a 12-0 five inning victory over Floyd Central to claim the 58th District softball championship Thursday night.

58th District Champions 2018

Lady Dawgs win 58th DistrictLady Dawgs win 58th District

Lawrence Co. ( 26-8 ) captured their 4th consecutive District tournament with the three previous coming in the 60th. The Lady Bulldogs have won 32 straight District games with the last loss coming on May 20th 2014 against Johnson Central 1-0 in the 57th District first round.

58th MVP Ciana Bowen

58th MVP Ciana Bowen58th MVP Ciana Bowen

Ciana Bowen the 58th district MVP hit her 10th home run, an absolute rocket shot to left field, and struck out 8 batters to get the win. Bowen gave up a lone single to the Lady Jaguars.

Mackenzie Methax went 2-2 including a double knocked in 2nd and scored a run, Amber Triplett had 2 hits including a triple, and scored three times.

Halli Caudill singled, had 2 RBIs, scored three times and had three stolen bases. Abby Fletcher had 2 RBIs, Keyarah Bowen had 1 hit, 1 RBI and scored a run, Brittany Shapaka singled and scored, Kassidy Cavins singled, scored and knocked in one, Emily Burke scored a run.

 

2018 All 58th District L to R Keyarah Bowen, Abby Fletcher, Halli Caudill, Ciana Bowen, Amber Triplett, Mackenzie Methax, Brittany Shapaka 2018 All 58th District L to R Keyarah Bowen, Abby Fletcher, Halli Caudill, Ciana Bowen, Amber Triplett, Mackenzie Methax, Brittany Shapaka

Both teams will advance to the 15th Region tournament which will begin Memorial Day at Johnson Central.

 

Lawrence Co. Head Coach Kenny Horn

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... Really proud of the girls. We have been working hard to try to clean up our defense and when we do that, it’s usually a win for us. We are good in the circle and our speed puts pressure on the defense. That is four in a row for us.”

“... Four years without a District loss is pretty impressive so proud of them. The kids have been through so much this season and have pulled together this is probably the closest team I have ever coached and it really shows on the field. Losing Kenny Shapaka was tough on all of us and we have battled some sickness as well. It’s been tough all year.”

“... Region tournament coming up Monday and we just got to keep doing what we have been and play clean. It should be a dandy tournament.”

 

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