COCOA BEACH, Fla. —
Boyd County is off to a hot start in the Florida sunshine.
On Sunday, the Lady Lions picked up three wins as part of the Cocoa Beach Softball Spring Training.
Boyd opened up the event with a doubleheader sweep of Wapakoneta, Ohio, winning 7-4 and 14-9.
In the first game, it was Taylor Wheeler who did most of the damage, going 2-of-3 and scoring two runs.
In the second game, the entire Lady Lions team shined as Boyd totaled 20 hits.
Emily Stewart led the way, going 3-for-5 including a two-run home run and Nicole Goins went 4-for-4.
Wheeler, Allison Roark, Lakin Crum, Destiny Goins and Hunter Reeves all had multiple hits.
Boyd County defeated Saegertown, Pa., 7-6, in Sunday’s final game. Saegertown scored six runs in the first but didn’t score again.
Boyd County (4-0) had another big game from Stewart, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles. Crum added two hits.
The Lady Lions play again today, after having two late games on Monday.
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Jefferson (W.Va.) 0
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. Ashland’s softball team opened up its eight-game string in the Grand Strand Classic with a defeat of Jefferson (W.Va.) on Monday.
Due to time constraints, the game was limited to four innings.
Megan Hensley tossed a shutout while striking out eight batters. She also scored two runs.
Katie Caron led the Kittens (3-2) offensively with a 2-for-3, two-RBI effort. McKenzie Vanover and Sydney Whitt supplied Ashland’s other two hits.
Ashland plays two games today at Myrtle Beach.
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Greenup County 7
Medina, Ohio 3
VERO BEACH, Fla. Will McCall pitched a complete game, leading Greenup County past Medina (Ohio) High School.
McCall finished with nine strikeouts while giving up just three runs in the Musketeers’ second game in Vero Beach this week.
Seth Boyle had two hits, including a double. He also picked up an RBI. J.B. Brown paced the Muskteers’ six-run second inning with and two-run double.
McCall and Korey Morris both added RBIs in the second inning as well.
Greenup County (5-1) will play Vero Beach High School today at 4 p.m. The game can be heard on delay on WLGC 105.7-FM at 7 p.m.
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McCall and Hutchinson. Winters, Teachout (4) and Lary. 2B — Boyle (GC) Brown (GC).
PIKEVILLE Pikeville built and early lead and was able to hold off a late Paintsville run to move on in the 15th Region All “A” Tournament on Monday.
Paintsville (5-4) was held scoreless through the first six innings of the game, before finally starting a rally in the seventh.
Colby Burchett doubled in two runs for the Tigers with two outs in the inning. With the bases loaded and down by one, Lane Daniels grounded out to short to end the game.
Paintsville finished the game with five errors, while Pikeville only had one. The Panthers are 4-5.
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Rowan County 5
MOREHEAD Rowan County gained an early lead, but Paintsville battled back to win on Saturday.
Rowan County took an early 3-0 lead in the second inning. The Vikings scored once on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch, and then scattered two runs across with a Justin Graham single.
The Vikings added two more runs in the third on a pair of sacrifice flies to move the lead to 5-0.
Paintsville then exploded for seven runs in the top of the fourth inning off six straight run-scoring hits.
Luke Daniels doubled, Brandon Haught singled, Matt Miller and Gabe Burchell doubled and the inning was capped off by two RBI singles by Colby Burchett and Kash Daniel.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the sixth off another Daniels’ double, and two more in the seventh on a Miller single.
Rowan County (0-6) only managed three hits after scoring in the third inning.
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COCOA BEACH, Fla. —
Boyd County is off to a hot start in the Florida sunshine.
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Fleming County defeated Lewis County, 66-58, and Ashland beat Greenup County, 81-61, on Monday night at Morehead State University to set up tonight's championship matchup. Tipoff is set for 7.
Ashland cruises past Greenup to 16th Region championship game
Tyler Stewart is known for his unrelenting hustle as one of Ashland’s glue guys.
When the senior guard can pitch in some offense too, as he did Monday in the 16th Region Tournament semifinals, that’s just one more problem for Tomcats opponents.
Stewart scored 20 points, senior Steven Friley posted a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Ashland outscored Greenup County 21-9 in the third quarter to break open what was a seven-point game at halftime and cruise past the Musketeers, 81-61.
Fleming battles back to 16th Region final
A healthy Wilder Williams this season has given Fleming County a whole new dimension.
Prior to his sophomore year, Williams sustained a football injury that resulted in three ankle surgeries and limited him to bench duty last season while the Panthers made their run to the 16th Region championship.
A physical 6-foot-3 player, Williams is making his presence felt around the basket as Fleming County looks to return to the Sweet Sixteen.
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Who will the bat signal shine for tonight?
Or, should I say, the Cat signal?
In the third installment of a trilogy that might rival the Batman three-pack of “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” Fleming County and Ashland will battle in a matchup that has produced a classic clash in each of the last two 16th Region Tournaments.
If the first two collectively served as a gradual progressions to tonight’s scene, the climax could be off the charts.
Corey Gregg was Ashland’s superhero in 2012, when the senior confidently fired a perfect 3-point shot from the right corner. The triple thrust the Tomcats and Panthers into overtime, from which Ashland emerged 79-73 in a first-round game.
Central wins, Lawrence falls in 15th
The biggest concern for Lawrence County coach Josh Cook was staying out of foul trouble.
His team stayed in it all night, and it cost them a spot in the 15th Region title game.
Shelby Valley senior Tyler Carr led four players in double figures with 19 points as the Wildcats knocked off Lawrence County, 72-60, in the semifinals of the 15th Region Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
“This one hurts,” said Cook. “We’ll learn from this, and I have no doubt that our kids will get back here and finish the job.”
- Fleming hangs tough to beat Lewis Fleming County locked into another fight against Lewis County, which beat the Panthers earlier this season, before winning 66-58 on Monday in Morehead. Wilder Williams posted a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers, who face Ashland on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
- GALLERY: Ashland gets by Greenup County, will meet Fleming in region final Ashland's Steven Friley scored 21 points Monday to lead the Tomcats to an 81-61 win over Greenup County in the 16th Region semifinal in Morehead.
Kittens clamoring for more at state
Ashland girls basketball coaches went the extra mile, and a whole bunch more, to get a first-hand scouting report on the Kittens’ opponent for the State Tournament.
Head coach Bill Bradley and assistant Phil Wittich drove all the way to Henderson — 5 hours, 20 minutes one way Bradley said on the way home — to take in Sunday’s Second Region championship game.
Henderson County, playing on its home floor, defeated University Heights 67-54. The Lady Colonels went unbeaten in their region this season and are 24-5 overall.
EKC hands out hardware
The Eastern Kentucky Conference handed out its 2014 awards on Monday afternoon at a luncheon at Carter Caves.
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