Sydney Whitt poked a home run over the left-center field fence to lift Ashland to a 6-5 victory over Johnson Central on Friday night at Johnson Central High School.
With the game tied 5-5, Whitt led off the top of the seventh with a solo shot. She also had a triple.
In the bottom of the seventh, Johnson Central loaded the bases with one out. Ashland pitcher Megan Hensley induced a double-play groundout as she fielded the ball and fired it home to catcher Sydney Campbell for a forceout before Campbell whipped it to first for the final out.
Katie Baldock, McKenzie Vanover and Katie Caron each went 2-for-4 as Ashland racked up 12 hits.
The Kittens (16-7) held the Lady Eagles scoreless until Johnson Central plated five in the fifth.
Ashland pitcher Megan Hensley, having given up just one run over the past three games heading into Thursday, struck out eight Lady Eagles. Lauren Delong led Johnson Central offensively with a 3-for-4 night.
Johnson Central, which had wins over 16th Region teams Russell and Boyd County earlier in the week, fell to 15-7 on the season.
Ashland heads to West Carter on Thursday.
ASHLAND 000 122 1 — 6 12 1
J. CENTRAL 000 050 0 — 5 7 0
Hensley and Campbell; Hall and Blair. W—Hensley. L—Hall. 2B—Hensley (A), Griffith (A), Caron (A), Delong (JC). 3B—Whitt (A), Cullop (A). HR—Whitt (A).
IRONTON Winners of seven straight, the Raceland Lady Rams are riding high right now.
On the strength of 14 runs and 10 hits, Raceland blew out Ironton on Friday night.
Chloe Adkins and Taylor Podunavac each raked out two hits and racked up three RBIs. Savannah Mackie and Bre Grubb contributed a 2-for-3 night apiece.
Kelsey Diller picked up the win from the pitching circle.
Raceland (13-8) has scored 68 runs during its seven-game winning streak. The Lady Rams host West Carter on Monday.
RACELAND 230 72 — 14 10 2
IRONTON 101 20 — 4 6 2
Diller and Curley; Wetzel, Metzler (4), Carmen (4), Wetzel (5) and Fields. W—Diller. L—Wetzel. 2B—Podunavac (R).
Bath Co. 10
Rowan Co. 2
MOREHEAD Bath County senior Cable Wright struck out 13 batters over seven innings as the Wildcats had an easy time disposing of Rowan County on Thursday night.
Wright scattered three hits while the Bath County offense piled up 14 hits.