Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 29, 2013

THE WEEKLY CYCLE: ‘Cats, Lions worth ticket


ASHLAND — Double

‰Just inside a couple hours prior to — and about 100 yards away from — Ashland's baseball defeat of Boyd County, the Ashland softball squad cheered on ace pitcher Megan Hensley as she whipped up a second straight no-hitter with her busy right arm. Hensley capped off a sensational individual week when she relented just one run in a win over Boyd County on Thursday.

‰Sick of reading about Ashland yet? Well, don't look at the Super Seven this week. The Tomcats have made the climb to join the Kittens atop the pack … for now, at least.


‰Winners of seven in a row and 12 of their last 14, the Raceland Lady Rams are just begging for some publicity. Well, they’ve earned it. Behind the steady pitching of Kelsey Diller and a well-rounded offense, Raceland has made its home field the place to be this week. The Lady Rams host West Carter, Lawrence County, Symmes Valley and Ashland during the next five days.

‰Paintsville baseball finally saw its streak end. The 15th Region surprise contender — or at least the Tigers surprised me — lost to Huntington after tallying 10 consecutive victories.

‰Back to softball, but sticking with surprises, the Fairview Lady Eagles knocked off East Carter on Tuesday. Kara Adkins and Maddie Kirk accounted for the game-tying and game-winning RBIs, respectively, as Fairview continues to gain respect on the softball diamond.

Home Run

‰Greenup County will try to avenge a strange six-inning rain-shortened loss at Rowan County as the Musketeers host the Vikings tonight. Will McCall, one of the team's top pitchers/players, is set to return today from an injury.

‰Russell seems to always have a knack for two things: putting the bat on the ball and making a run in May. On the heels of an impressive victory over Bath County, the Red Devils are at it again. They welcome Ashland onto their renovated facility on Tuesday.

Greenup County gets a shot at the Tomcats on Friday — the Musketeers won the first meeting.

‰Boyd County baseball will host its annual Derby Classic this weekend, starting on Thursday with what could be a dandy of a matchup between the Lions and Lawrence County. East Carter, Spring Valley and Cooper are also set to come to Addington Field.

‰Keep an eye on the sports section this week, as you should every day, becuase the Shortstop plans to print statistical leaders for the area very soon.


Super Seven


1. Ashland (13-7)

2. Boyd County (13-9)

3. Greenup County (13-8)

4. Lewis County (14-8)

5. Bath County (12-5)

6. East Carter (12-11)

7. Russell (12-11)


1. Ashland (16-7)

2. Boyd County (12-9)

3. Rowan County (16-9)

4. Russell (8-8)

5. Raceland (13-8)

6. Greenup County (10-11)

7. East Carter (16-7)

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AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

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