Softball set for postseason

EVAN DENNISON - [email protected]
Bracken County's Olivia Bell crosses home plate in the 39th District Tournament last season. Bell and the Lady Bears will look to stop Mason County's two year run in the 39th when district play opens up Monday. The Lady Bears will face St. Patrick at 5 p.m., at the Maysville-Mason County Rec Park. -

Similar diamond derailments in terms of scheduling took place for softball as did baseball.

Teams struggled to put together even a 20-game schedule in some occurences as postseason play gets underway Monday. We’ll take a brief look at each respective district within the coverage area:

39TH DISTRICT:

Mason County (4-26) will look for their third straight district title come Monday evening at 7 p.m., when they open up postseason play with Augusta (0-9). The two did not play one another during the regular season.

Starting off the tourney at 5 p.m. will be Bracken County (13-8) and St. Patrick (4-13) at the Maysville-Mason County Rec Park. The Lady Bears enter as the on paper favorites to win the 39th, having beat St. Patrick and Mason County already. They own the lone winning record in the district while the other three teams have a combined eight wins.

The 39th District Championship will be Tuesday at 6 p.m.

61ST DISTRICT:

The Fleming County (17-11) versus Bath County (13-14) opener figures to be a close contest. Both games during the regular season were decided by one run as the two split the contests. The Lady Panthers won 3-2 on May 1, while Bath took home a wild one on May 10, 18-17.

The Lady Panthers have made four straight regional tournaments and will look to extend that streak Monday in Frenchburg at 7:30 p.m.

The host is Menifee County (5-25) and will take on the defending champion Rowan County (17-6) at 6 p.m. The Lady Vikings will be heavy favorites coming in, having outscored Menifee 37-1 in two contests.

Championship game is set for Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

63RD DISTRICT:

Lewis County (15-15) faces Russell (18-8) to open up district play on their home field. The Lady Lions lost both regular season matchups and are trying to earn a trip to the regional tournament for the first time since 2008.

The Lady Devils went 15-4 to start the season, but have gone 3-4 since while the Lady Lions have won six of their last eight. Avoiding the big inning will be key for Lewis County as Russell has put up at least six runs in an inning in both games.

The winner gets the Raceland (25-9) versus Greenup County (16-14) winner in the 5:30 game on Monday. Raceland won both regular season meetings.

Championship game is Wednesday at 6 p.m.

38TH DISTRICT:

Robertson County (10-10) earned itself a .500 regular season, but will still face a tough matchup when the 38th District Tournament opens up on Monday at Nicholas County. The Lady Devils will take on Pendleton County (16-2) at 7 p.m. The two did not face one another during the regular season, but Pendleton’s 16 wins is the most since the KHSAA website started keeping softball records in 1998.

Pendleton went 3-1 against other district opponents in Harrison County (10-15) and Nicholas County (16-13), who open up the tourney at 5 :30 p.m. with their matchup. The Fillies won both regular season matchups, 12-2 on April 19 and 10-9 on May 1.

The winner of the two matchups will square off on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Bracken County’s Olivia Bell crosses home plate in the 39th District Tournament last season. Bell and the Lady Bears will look to stop Mason County’s two year run in the 39th when district play opens up Monday. The Lady Bears will face St. Patrick at 5 p.m., at the Maysville-Mason County Rec Park.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_5923846622cf0.image_.jpgBracken County’s Olivia Bell crosses home plate in the 39th District Tournament last season. Bell and the Lady Bears will look to stop Mason County’s two year run in the 39th when district play opens up Monday. The Lady Bears will face St. Patrick at 5 p.m., at the Maysville-Mason County Rec Park.

EVAN DENNISON

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