COLUMBIA Boyd County’s 10-12 softball All-Stars continue to carry on in the state tournament.

They used a well-rounded effort to take down Letcher County, 9-1, on Tuesday in the double-elimination event. Boyd County advances with one loss in tow.

JoDee Atkins tossed a two-hitter on Tuesday. She piled up nine strikeouts and walked none.

“You’ve gotta have a good pitcher, and she has definitely performed well,” said manager Dave Atkinson.

Boyd County’s offense was hot early as it scored five runs in the first frame. It tacked on three more in the second to properly set the tone.

Jaycie Goad went 2 for 3. Camber Stepp was 2 for 2. Kylie Kouns, Dani Crum, Gracie Jo Preece, Laney Sorrell, Gracie Gilbert, Bree Jones, Elsie Sparks and Savanna Atkinson had one hit apiece. Boyd County tallied 12 hits in all.

“The whole team hit the ball,” Atkinson said. “That top five or so of the lineup, they’re usually pretty productive in the runs department.”

Atkinson said every player on the roster logged time on Tuesday.

“That’s the luxury you have when you get up big on a team,” he said.

Atkinson said Boyd County’s loss to Marion County on Saturday was “disheartening,” but the All-Stars are recovering nicely. They will take on Hazard/Perry in the finals of the losers bracket today at 7 Eastern. The winner will face Marion County on Thursday.

BOYD CO.    530    01    —    9

LETCHER CO.    000    10    —    1

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