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PREP ROUNDUP: Panthers rout Taylor (05/17)

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Sophomore Zeke Pinkham hit two home runs and drove in eight runs to lead Elizabethtown to a 15-3 victory over visiting Taylor County on Thursday.

Pinkham continued his torrid spring with a grand slam and a three-run blast in the five-inning triumph, helping the Panthers (23-9) win their third straight.

Seniors Garrett Morgan and Cannon Pender and freshman Hunter Sullivan had three hits apiece to spearhead a 14-hit attack. Morgan and sophomore Cody Bridges each scored four runs.

Sullivan earned the win on the mound to improve his record to 7-2.

Elizabethtown15, Taylor County 3

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Taylor County     003     00    3    9  2

Elizabethtown     523     5x   15   14  0

Don Dabney, Dalton Brown (2), Justice Gregory (4), Ian King (4) and Blake Caulk. Hunter Sullivan, Conner Kindred (5) and Zeke Pinkham, Josh Hunt (5). WP: Sullivan (7-2). LP: Dabney. 2B: Will Hollingsworth (TC), Austin Freyberger (E), Jack Wilson (E). 3B: Garrett Morgan (E). HR: Pinkham (E) 2.

UP NEXT: Elizabethtown hosts South Warren at 6 p.m. today.

NO. 1 CENTRAL HARDIN 6, LOUISVILLE DESALES 0. Junior Josh Krupinski and senior Troy Squires combined on a two-hitter, lifting the homestanding Bruins (27-4) past the Colts.

Krupinski (9-0) struck out six and gave up three walks and two hits – both singles – in six innings.

Junior Bart Herrin singled, scored twice and drove in a run for Central Hardin, which won for the sixth time in seven games. Senior Alex Crowder singled and scored twice, while sophomore Britton Elmore and senior Gabe Hogan each added an RBI single.

CENTRAL HARDIN 6, DESALES 0

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DeSales            000   000    0    0  2  2

Central Hardin    031   002     x    6  8  0

Haag and Fievert. Josh Krupinski, Troy Squires (7) and Gabe Hogan. WP: Krupinski (9-0). LP: Haag.

UP NEXT: Central Hardin plays at Louisville DuPont Manual at noon Saturday.

SOFTBALL

NO. 1 GREENWOOD 5, NO. 9 CENTRAL HARDIN 2. One bad inning separated the Lady Bruins and the Lady Gators, and it cost Central Hardin (28-5-1) a chance to give the top-ranked team in the state its first loss of the season.

Greenwood (32-0) had just one hit in the third inning but capitalized on two Central Hardin errors to score four runs and give winning pitcher Elizabeth Moss all the support she needed.

Sophomore Shelby Maggard hit a towering home run to center field in the second inning, her third long ball of the season, to give the Lady Bruins a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Kelsey McGuffin doubled in freshman Mariah Bryant in the fourth inning for Central Hardin’s other run. Bryant went 2-for-3, accounting for half of the Lady Bruins’ hits.

Central Hardin is just the third team all season to score more than one run off Greenwood and the first since April 19, a span of 16 games.

Sophomore Alex Griffith took the loss, giving up four runs. Junior Jessica Nall threw four innings in relief, yielding one run and four hits while striking out two.

Greenwood5, Central Hardin 2

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Central Hardin    010   100    0    2  4  2

Greenwood        004   100     x    5  6  0

Alex Griffith, Jessica Nall (3) and Mariah Bryant. Elizabeth Moss and Aeron Smith. WP: Moss. LP: Griffith (5-1). 2B: Bryant (CH), Kelsey McGuffin (CH). HR: Shelby Maggard (CH).

UP NEXT: Central Hardin hosts Taylor County at 5:30 p.m. today.

WEDNESDAY: LOUISVILLE MERCY 5, MEADE COUNTY 0. The homestanding Jaguars broke the game open with five runs in the sixth, handing the Lady Waves (21-9) their second loss in three games.

Meade County was held to just one single by sophomore Madison Haynes.

MERCY 5, MEADE COUNTY 0

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Meade County    000   000    0    0  1  1

Mercy               000   005     x    5  4  0

Abby Whelan and Maddie Tabor. Twyman and Ratterman. WP: Twyman. LP: Whelan. 2B: Vorbrink (M).

UP NEXT: Meade County plays Hancock County or Breckinridge County at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the 11th District Tournament championship at Hancock County.