PREP BASEBALL/SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Elizabethtown beats LaRue County, John Hardin tops Fort Knox (03/28)

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Junior Conner Kindred pitched four strong innings for his first win of the year and sophomore Zach McKinney picked up a three-inning save as the Elizabethtown Panthers pulled away for an 8-0 win Thursday against the host LaRue County Hawks.

Kindred gave up two singles, walked two and struck out four. McKinney gave up three singles and one walk while striking out three.

Sophomore Hunter Sullivan led the way offensive for Elizabethtown (4-2) with a double, two singles, two RBIs and a stolen base. Senior Preston Patterson added two hits and drove in three, while Senior Conner Kauffeld had two hits, one run and a stolen base.

Freshman Cameron Dawson had two singles for the Hawks (3-6), who had scored a combined 49 runs in their previous two games. Eighth-grader Brandon Cecil, junior Koy Lindsey and sophomore Colby Skaggs each had one hit.


                                              R  H  E

Elizabethtown     010   400    3    811  2

LaRue County    000   000    0    0  5  2

Conner Kindred, Zach McKinney (5) and Zeke Pinkham, Jake Pirtle (7). Dylon Hedgespeth, Jaxon Boley (6) and Koy Lindsey. WP: Kindred (1-0). S: McKinney. LP: Hedgespeth. 2B: Conner Kauffeld (E).

UP NEXT: Elizabethtown (4-2) plays Woodford County at 12:30 p.m. and Somerset at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Henry Clay Invitational. LaRue County plays at North Hardin at 5:30 p.m. today.


BASEBALL: JOHN HARDIN 11, FORT KNOX 1.Freshman Darian Pope hit and pitched the Bulldogs (3-5, 1-1 17th District) past the visiting Eagles (1-4, 0-1).

On the mound, Pope walked three, allowed three singles – two to Jon Box – and struck out six to earn the complete-game victory. At the plate, he went 3-for-3 and stole three bases.

Senior Andrew Kirkland singled and doubled for John Hardin, while senior Dale Gumm doubled and drove in three.


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Fort Knox          001     00          1  3  3

John Hardin       422     12         11  7  2

Jon Box and Devon Vincent. Darian Pope and Dale Gumm. WP: Pope. LP: Box. 2B: Gumm (JH), Andrew Kirkland (JH).

UP NEXT: John Hardin plays at Oldham County at 5:30 p.m. today. Fort Knox hosts Thomas Nelson at 11 a.m. Saturday.


SOFTBALL: NELSON COUNTY 10, JOHN HARDIN 4.The Lady Bulldogs were limited to three hits – two singles by freshman Ally Furnish and one by junior Melia Kadetz – and fell behind 8-0 against the visiting Lady Cardinals.


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Nelson County   021   401    2   10  6  1

John Hardin       000   004    0    4  3  3

Bailey Parsons and Katrina Boone. Taylor Miller and Melodi Haught. WP: Parsons. LP: Miller. 2B: Maldonado (NC).

UP NEXT: John Hardin plays at Thomas Nelson in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday.

SOFTBALL: WEDNESDAY: JOHN HARDIN 9, CAVERNA 8.Eighth-grader Season Plants singled, doubled, drove in two runs and stole two bases as John Hardin topped Caverna. Plants (2-1) also picked up the win in the circle, striking out seven and walking two in 6 1/3 innings of relief.

Senior Nawdya Fletcher added an RBI triple for the Lady Bulldogs, who trailed 8-2 before scoring seven runs in the fifth.


                                              R  H  E

Caverna            300   050    0    8  4  6

John Hardin       110   070     x    9  9  7

Cailee Carter and Caeley Ballard. Lauren Swearingen, Season Plants (1) and Melodi Haught. WP: Plants (2-1). LP: Carter. 2B: Plants (JH), Makayla Wilson (C). 3B: Nawdya Fletcher (JH).

UP NEXT: John Hardin plays at Thomas Nelson in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday.