‰Cold temperatures, snow and rain haven't affected 57th District teams much. Paintsville, Lawrence County and Johnson Central have played a combined 25 games so far. They're also a combined 21-4.
‰Former Ashland lefties have kicked off their college seasons on the right foot. Just in the first few weeks, Logan Salow earned his first career save for Kentucky, and Sam Hunter notched his first career win for Marshall. Meanwhile, Lawrence County product Chandler Shepherd is also sizzling for Kentucky. The Wildcat junior began the season 5-0 on the mound.
‰Most baseball and softball teams are going south for spring break. Destinations include Myrtle Beach, S.C., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Vero Beach, Fla. "Anything" beach sounds pretty nice at this point.
‰Five-time defending region softball champion Ashland is among the few sticking around here while the rest are building sandcastles between games. The Kittens are playing host to an event involving Cabell Midland (W.Va.), George Rogers Clark and Magoffin County from Thursday to Saturday at home.
Snyder's NEKY Super Seven
1. Ashland (2-0)
2. Lawrence County (8-1)
3. Johnson Central (8-1)
4. Paintsville (5-2)
5. Rowan County (3-0)
6. West Carter (5-0)
7. Boyd County (2-5)
1. Johnson Central (3-0)
2. East Carter (5-2)
3. Raceland (4-0)
4. Greenup County (4-1)
5. Ashland (2-1)
6. Boyd County (2-1)
7. Rowan County (6-2)
The following are the results from a preseason coaches' poll conducted by Boyd County softball coach Geoff Stewart.
Based on coaches' votes, here were the 16th Region's top 15 players and top 10 teams before this season began.
‰Players: 1. Hannah Carter (Russell); 2. Megan Hensley (Ashland); 3. Leatha Reynolds (West Carter); 4. McKenzie Vanover (Ashland); 5. Taylor Wheeler (Boyd Co.); 6. Erica Brewer (Menifee Co.); 7. Brooke Johnson (Greenup Co.); 8. Morgan Mitchell (Rowan Co.); 9. Mallory Powell (Russell); 10. Lora Thompson (Boyd Co.); 11. Sydney Whitt (Ashland); 12. Jordyn Wiler (East Carter); 13. Kira Brown (Fleming Co.); 14. Bri Crooks (Boyd Co.); t15. Kelsey Diller (Raceland); t15. Maddie Kirk (Fairview).
‰Teams: 1. Ashland; 2. Russell; 3. Boyd County; 4. Rowan County; 5. East Carter; 6. Greenup County; 7. Raceland; 8. West Carter; 9. Fleming County; 10. Fairview.
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