Prestonsburg, Ky. — Lawrence Co. ( 26-12 ) run ruled Pikeville 11-1 in six innings to advance to the semifinals of the 15th Region softball tournament Sunday at Stonecrest Sports Complex.
Taylor Blevins looks for the sign before firing the first pitch in the Region tournament Sunday.
Taylor Blevins went the distance to get the win, allowed one run, gave up six hits, struck out five. She also had an RBI offensively.
Bree Jones is standing on third after smacking a triple in the bottom of the first inning Sunday.
Bree Jones tripled, doubled twice and scored three times, Gracie Preece had two hits including a double, drove in one and scored twice, Kensley Feltner singled twice, drove in a run and scored twice, Abby Nelson, Shelby Blevins and Jada Patton singled and drove in a run, Abby Maynard singled, Dani Crum had one RBI and scored a run, Allie Triplett, Jaylee Maxie and Ella Smith all scored runs.
First baseman Shelby Blevins snares the line drive and tags the Pikeville baserunner for the double play Sunday.
The Bulldogs will face Belfry ( 20-11 ) Monday night at 7:30 after the Pirates eliminated Paintsville 4-2 in the first game on Sunday.
In the third game Sunday Shelby Valley blanked Floyd Central 14-0.
In the final game of the day Johnson Central beat Pike Co. Central 7-4.
In the first semifinal at 5:00 Monday it will be Johnson Central versus Shelby Valley.
Championship game set for 6:00 Wednesday.
Kenny Horn talks to his team before the bottom of the sixth inning.
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Kenny Horn
“… Anytime you can win a Region game it pretty special. We will take it and move on to the semifinals. I thought we could have done some things better but as a coach you’re always looking to get better. I was happy with the effort for sure. Give Pikeville credit with pitch location and keeping us off balance for the most part. I thought we adjusted pretty well and got the job done and that is all you can ask for.”
“… Our forte is to try and put pressure on the defense, we are not particularly fast but if you put the ball in play and make the defense react you can put pressure on them that way. Put it in the ground or get a bunt down and make them make plays.”
“… When it comes to the region tournament anything can happen and it usually does.”