FLATWOODS Only one thing was hotter than the 90-plus degree heat beating down on the playing surface at Russell-Flatwoods Little League Complex Friday night: Boyd County’s bats.
The Lady Lions tallied 11 hits in an 18-1, four-inning, run-rule-shortened shellacking over Raceland-Worthington to capture the District 6 10-12 softball championship.
“We wanted to bat first,” said Boyd County manager Dave Atkinson. “We wanted to be the visiting team and hit them hard and score a lot of runs and put the pressure on them.”
Boyd County scored multiple runs in every inning, including a six-run second and an eight-run fourth.
“We got two in the first, but it wasn’t exactly what we were looking for,” Atkinson said. “I figured it would be four or five, but I was happy with that.”
Boyd County capitalized on prime production from the middle of its order as Jaycie Goad, Kylie Kouns and Dani Crum went a combined 7 for 12 with seven RBIs. Crum laced a leadoff double in the fourth and Goad pushed a run across in every inning. JoDee Atkins had an RBI triple in the opening frame and scored three runs.
“They were disciplined tonight,” Atkinson said. “We told them to wait on good pitches and, for the most part, we did. We didn’t swing at a lot of bad pitches. We got on base and had that string right in the middle that was just killing the ball. When you put the bat on the ball, good things happen.”
Atkins was also solid from the circle for Boyd County, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out four.
“She’s been really solid all week long,” Atkinson said of his ace. “She’s pitched all four of our games and we’ve given up three runs the whole week.”
Davanna Grubb had two of the four Raceland-Worthington hits. Grubb took the loss for the Lady Rams, allowing only two earned runs behind 11 Raceland miscues.
Atkinson, however, was pleased with his defense as the Lady Lions committed only one error — it brought in the lone Rams run in the second.
“We played our defense — and I’ve got one of the best defenses in the state,” he said. “They are solid top to bottom. There’s not a weak point. My subs are as good as a lot of people’s starters.”
Boyd County moves on to the state tournament, which is not an unfamiliar trip.
“Two years ago, this group minus a couple in the 10-under division went all the way to the state championship and ended up as the runner-up,” Atkinson said. “There’s nothing wrong with that, but this year we feel like we have an even better team than we had two years ago, and we are expecting to win a state title.”
BOYD CO. 262 8 — 18 11 1
RACELAND 010 0 — 1 4 11
Atkins and Kouns; Grubb and Vance, Boggs (3). W—Atkins. L—Grubb. 2B—Crum (B), Grubb (R). 3B—Atkins (B).