Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

May 14, 2013

Senior Night has happy ending for Boyd County

Error allows Lady Lions to plate two late runs

CANNONSBURG — Boyd County softball’s Senior Night game had all but slipped away from the home team.

The next moment, however, a celebration was breaking out among Boyd County fans and players.

After watching Rowan County stage a big rally in the top of the seventh to take a one-run lead, the Lady Lions scored twice on a two-out throwing error to pull out a 7-6 victory Monday night.

“We definitely got a break at the end,” Boyd County coach Geoff Stewart. “It’s an ugly win, but we will take it.”

With Bri Crooks aboard at third and Lakin Crum on second for the Lady Lions, Rowan County third baseman Courtnea Bolander reacted quickly to senior Allison Roark’s one-hop rocket. Bolander went to her knees to make an outstanding stop, then righted herself, but the throw across the diamond skipped past first baseman Baileigh Garvin.

“I saw the ball get away and I took off for home,” said Crum, who scored behind Crooks without a play at the plate.

One of four Boyd County senior starters honored prior to the matchup of 20-game winners, Crum doubled to deep right-center with one out in the seventh.

“I was really wanting to hit one over (the fence),” Crum said. “It came up short, but I was happy with the double. It felt great scoring that last run.”

Crum also singled off the bottom of the left-field fence during Boyd County’s two-run fourth and scored three runs on the night.

“It’s good to see Lakin doing all that,” Stewart said. “She had been struggling a little bit offensively, but comes out tonight and gets two big hits. Our seniors had a great day.”

Nicole Goins launched a solo home run in the fifth inning to give her six this season, according to her coach.

“I didn’t really feel that one that much,” Goins said of way the ball jumped off the bat. “Those are the ones that go out.”

Overall, Goins reached base in three of her four trips to the plate. Shortstop Emily Stewart singled, walked and stole two bases, while Roark supplied a key bunt single and run-scoring groundout to go with her dramatic final at-bat.

The seniors had a photo taken together in front of their dugout back wall, which was covered with individual pictures of the soon-to-be grads. There was also a decorative display on the road into the ballpark, as well as other tributes to the senior group.

“It means a lot. We understand how much the underclassmen put into it,” said Goins, whose sister Destiny is a freshman starter. “This is the biggest senior class in softball since I was in eighth grade, and we appreciate everything. My sister has been up till midnight lately making posters and party balls. She was even hiding things under a blanket.”

Boyd County (21-10) finished with 10 hits, including two each from Hunter Reeves and Taylor Wheeler. The Lady Lions also benefitted from three Rowan County errors.

“Defensively, we might make the play, and we might not,” Lady Vikings coach Larry Slone said. “It’s very frustrating. We’re 32 games into the season (21-11) and playing like it’s the fifth game.”

At the same time, Slone was pleased with how his team battled back after trailing 5-2.

Boyd County starting pitcher Lora Thompson retired 14 consecutive batters before Rowan County scored four times in the seventh to go up 6-5.

A Boyd County infield error helped open the door as seven consecutive batters reached base. Leadoff hitter McKenzie Summers, the team’s lone senior and a University of Pikeville signee, lined a two-run single to end Thompson’s outing. Becca Duff walked with the bases loaded and Lindsey Wilson’s RBI single put Rowan ahead.

“Larry always has his kids ready to play,” Geoff Stewart said. “He’s been around a long time and does a great coaching job there.”

ROWAN CO.    200    000    4    —    6    6    3

BOYD CO.    001    220    2    —    7    10    1

Mitchell and Wilson; Thompson, Meade (7) and Roark. W—Meade. L—Mitchell. 2B—Wheeler (BC), Crum (BC). HR—N. Goins (BC).

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Kittens call on Ingram

    Somebody had to follow Dave Miller.
    Scott Ingram is pleased to be the coach to fill the vacancy for the man who built Ashland Blazer softball into a perennial state Top 25 program. The Kittens have won the 16th Region championship every year since 2009.

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729kypgaJr0034.jpg Golfers go out with an encore

    Evan Goble said he “wasn’t completely ready for a playoff” on Monday.
    That didn’t stop him from holing two pressure-packed playoff putts to win the 13-14-year-old division of the final event of the summer on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • EKC Grid-O-Rama set for Aug. 15-16

    The annual Eastern Kentucky Conference football scrimmage contests are set for Aug. 15-16 at Fleming County and Raceland.

    July 29, 2014

  • Holliday embraces high expectations

    As Marshall football prepares to return to the gridiron to begin fall practice Aug. 4, this season the program finds itself labeled something that it has not been in many years: a favorite.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mobley, Jude key for EKU

    Eastern Kentucky coach Dean Hood has revamped the Colonels’ defense in hopes of containing OVC opponents’ spread offenses.

    July 29, 2014

  • ZACK KLEMME: Punchless Reds wasting solid pitching

    The last nine days have been an exercise in understanding just how slim the margin for error is for baseball teams — even good ones — that can’t score.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726fbPrac0079.jpg Practice rolls on as kickoff approaches in less than 5 weeks

    As high school football teams strap on helmets and prepare for Friday nights next month, the theme of the first couple of weeks of practice for most is simple.
    You gotta work. Hard.
    And if you don’t, it’ll be exposed come Aug. 22.
    “Everybody looks good in helmets,” Ashland coach Tony Love said with a grin. “We’re all undefeated. There’s a lot of work to get done.
    “Our coaches and kids, we all know it, and that’s why they’re here and we’re here, and we’re gonna push hard every day.”

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • kenzie-breaststroke.jpg Pennington makes push for Nationals

    Swimmer Kenzie Pennington had one last chance to make the cut for this year’s YMCA Long Course National Championships.
    The 15-year-old from Ashland didn’t disappoint.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Salyers shoots 75 for title at Lakeside

    Baylee Salyers of Flatwoods shot a 3-over par 75 at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday to win the Girls Open division of the Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014