BASEBALL/SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Lady Royals rough up Robertson

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The Mason County softball team was able to bounce back from a 13-0 loss at the hands of Bourbon County Monday to knock off Robertson County 19-6, in five innings Tuesday night in Mount Olivet.

The Lady Royals collected 12 hits and ran away with the contest in a 14-run fourth inning. Lexy Cooper got the win in the circle, striking out 12 Lady Devil batters while allowing just one earned run. She also helped her cause at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two soubles and three runs scored.

She was backed on offense by Kyndal Dotson (2/2, 2 RBI, 3 runs scored), Emily Huber (4/5, 2 RBI) and Haley White (2/3, 3 RBI) in the victory.

The win improved the Lady Royals to 2-4 on the year. In their two wins, they’ve combined for 40 runs, in four losses they’ve combined for five runs. They’ll return to action Wednesday when they play at Pendleton County.

Robertson County was able to muster up just two hits by Breanna Green and Molly Hester. Emma Courtney, Haley Flack and Kayla Bateman each had RBIs. Green took the loss in the circle, allowing 12 hits and eight walks while striking out three.

The game was Robertson County’s first of the season, plagued by rainouts. The Lady Devils host St. Patrick on Thursday their next time out.

WEST UNION 9, FAIRFIELD 8 (BASEBALL)

The Dragons picked up their fourth straight win with the help of a three-run, walkoff double from Alex Hirsch for a 9-8 win over Fairfield on Tuesday.

Hirsch finished the game with three hits, five RBIs and a run scored, while Clayton Madden singled and drove in two runs. Jared Fenton doubled twice, driving in one run, while Ryan Rothwell drove in another for West Union.

Brandon Cornell, who was coming off a 14-strikeout game against Ripley last week, struck out five Fairfield batters on Tuesday in seven innings. He allowed nine hits and eight runs – three earned – while walking two.

Fairfield held a 6-3 lead after five innings, before West Union got back within a run by plating two in the bottom of the sixth on Madden’s single to right and Hirsch’s single to center. After Fairfield got the two back in the seventh, Madden walked in a run before Hirsch doubled to end the game.

The Dragons return to action on Thursday when they host Adams County rival North Adams at 5 p.m.

MANCHESTER 5, RIPLEY 1 (BASEBALL)

The Greyhounds got their first win of the season behind Cade Colvin’s complete game, two-hit performance against the Bluejays.

Colvin went the distance allowing just one unearned run while striking out five and walking two. Kyle Reaves carried the big stick with three hits, two of them doubles to go with three RBIs.

Colvin and Ripley pitcher Jacob Walls were both tossing no-hitters through four innings until the Greyhounds broke through with three runs in the top of the fifth, keyed by a Reaves two-run double.

The Bluejays were able to get on the board in the bottom half of the inning on Michael Perrigo’s RBI groundout.

Manchester added some insurance with two runs in the seventh on another Reaves RBI double.

Colvin would seal the deal from there in the bottom of the seventh.

The game featured eight errors with just seven hits, five errors committed by Manchester and three by Ripley.

Manchester returns to action on Thursday when they host Peebles. Ripley seeks their first win of the season when they host Lynchburg-Clay Wednesday. The Mustangs beat Ripley 25-0, on April 6.

PARIS 8, BRACKEN COUNTY 5 (BASEBALL)

Paris utilized a five-run sixth inning to pull ahead of the Polar Bears for good in the 10th Region All “A” Classic game played in Brooksville.

The Polar Bears took a 1-0 lead early and 4-1 after three innings of play. The lead slimmed to 4-2 after four before the Greyhounds put up the big inning in the sixth. Travis Tucker answered in the bottom half of the inning with a homerun to make it 7-5 after six innings of play.

Paris grabbed an insurance run in the final inning and hung on to move on in the All “A” Classic. Logan Sorrell took the loss on the mound, lasting four innings and giving up six earned runs. Tad Fisher came on in relief, going the final three innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out seven.

Bracken County dropped to 1-3 with the loss and plays at Mason County on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Paris improved to 2-4 and hosts Robertson County on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

EASTERN 18, WHITEOAK 2 (5 INNINGS) (SOFTBALL)

The Lady Warriors took advantage of eight Whiteoak errors and pounded out 19 hits in the victory to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Six different Eastern players had multi-hit games, including pitcher Taylor Dotson, who went five innings in the circle, allowing just two hits and two unearned runs while striking out six and walking two. Dotson went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs.

Andrea Edmisten was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs. Whitney Broughton drove in a game-high five RBIs while Morgan Reynolds (2/4, 2 RBI), Brittany Koweler (2/2, 2B, RBI) and Ashlee Minnix (2/4, 2B, RBI) also had big days at the dish.

A six-run first followed by a four-run second inning never put the game in doubt as the Lady Warriors led 10-0 after two. The lead would increase to 13-0 after three before the Lady Cats got on the board in the fourth with two unearned runs. The lone blemish for Eastern on the day was committing four errors.

They’ll return to action Wednesday in a big Southern Hills Athletic Conference showdown with Peebles at home at 5 p.m.

NICHOLAS COUNTY 17, BRACKEN COUNTY 3 (5 INNINGS) (SOFTBALL)

The Lady Jackets opened up the 10th Region All “A” Classic with a convincing win on their home field over the Lady Bears.

Nicholas County recorded 17 hits in the victory and put the game out of reach with a seven-run fourth inning.

Trailing 6-0 after two innings, Kaitlyn Wills hit an RBI triple that was followed by a Savannah Engnes RBI single to make it 6-2.

After adding a run in the top of the fourth on a Wills’ RBI groundout, scoring Aleah Cummins, Nicholas kept the foot on the gas pedal though as they added four runs in the bottom half of the inning and seven in the fourth.

Nine errors committed didn’t help Bracken’s cause in the contest, playing just their second game of the season. Bracken County will have their first home game of the season on Thursday when they host Paris at 5:30 p.m.

Nicholas County advances in the All “A”, with the next opponent not known according to the KHSAA website.

WHEELERSBURG (OH) 10, LEWIS COUNTY 0 (6 INNINGS) (SOFTBALL)

Wheelersburg’s Sydney Spence and Sarah Claxon pitched a combined shutout of Lewis County on Tuesday, 10-0.

Spence struck out seven batters in four innings for the win, while Claxon came in to strike out three in two innings. The two held the Lady Lions to three hits on the night – two from Hailey Evans and one from Jessi Lawhun.

Wheelersburg scored three runs in the first and added two in the second and third for a 7-0 advantage. They added two more in the bottom of the fifth, before Addi Collins scored on a passed ball to end the game. Collins finished with two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Taylor Fannin led the attack, collecting three hits and four RBIs. Christen Risner also had a multi-hit game and scored twice.

Jalyssa Cortez pitched five innings, allowed 10 hits and three walks while striking out one. Lewis County falls to 3-7 and will travel to Portsmouth (OH) on Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. game.

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Tuesday’s action from the diamond

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