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PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Mercy goes 3-0 against area teams at TSOA (03/24)

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The third-ranked Louisville Mercy Jaguars aren’t an area team, but they claimed the unofficial area championship with a 3-0 showing against area teams Friday and Saturday in the 16-team TSOA Tournament at Meade-Olin Park in Brandenburg.

Mercy earned a 3-2 win over Meade County in Saturday evening’s semifinals after beating No. 19 Central Hardin in Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinals, 5-3. In pool play, Mercy no-hit LaRue County in five innings, 12-0 as the Lady Hawks committed five errors. Mercy didn’t play North Hardin.

MEADECOUNTYGOES 4-1. The Lady Waves (5-2) were the only area team to advance to the semifinals after knocking off North Hardin in the quarterfinals, 4-3.

n In the semifinals against Mercy, Meade County freshman Abby Whelan doubled, while sophomore Elissa Youart walked once and drove in one.

n In the quarterfinals against North Hardin, Meade County junior Chaselyn Allgeier went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases. Freshman Rachel Ayer went 2-for-3 with a home run, while senior Ashley Nikolao had one double and one RBI.

North Hardin sophomore Cady Wilson singled and scored twice, while junior Ashley Vasquez, sophomore Bailey Blair and eighth-grader Kayla Clark-Reed each had one single and one RBI.

n Meade County finished pool play Saturday morning with an 8-5 win over Shelbyville Collins as Allgeier had three hits and a stolen base.

Nikolao doubled and drove in two, Youart doubled and stole a base and sophomore Madison Haynes had two RBIs.

n In their second pool game Friday, the Lady Waves cruised to an 18-5 win over Spencer County as Youart hit a grand slam and Nikolao homered and doubled.

 In their pool opener Friday, the Lady Waves held off No. 17 Louisville Male, 5-4 as Ayer and sophomore Maddie Tabor both doubled.

SEMIFINALS: MERCY 3, MEADE COUNTy 2

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Meade County    001   010          2  5  1

Mercy               012   00x          3  7  1

Abby Whelan and Maddie Tabor. Haley Twyman and Jessica Hackel. WP: Hackel. LP: Whelan. 2B: Whelan (MC),

QUARTERFINALS: MEADE COUNTY 4, NORTH HARDIN 3

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North Hardin      101   010          3  5  0

Meade County    000   121          4  7  5

Pitcher and Catcher. Bailey Blair and Shelby Peace. Sarah Greer, Abby Whelan (5) and Maddie Tabor. WP: Whelan. LP: Blair (2-3).

POOL PLAY: MEADE COUNTY 8, COLLINS 5

                                              R  H  E

Meade County    100   030    4    812  1

Collins              000   301    1    5  9  2

Neeli Rhoads, Abby Whelan (4) and Maddie Tabor. Lauren Shepherd and Alex Baker. WP: Whelan. LP: Shepherd. 2B: Ashley Nikolao (MC), Elissa Youart (MC), Sydney Cloyd (C) 2. HR: Baily Rankin (C).

POOL PLAY: MEADE COUNTY 18, SPENCER COUNTY 5

                                              R  H  E

Meade County    600     75         1811  4

Spencer Co.      500     01          5  6  1

Neeli Rhoads, Sarah Greer (2) and Maddie Tabor. Nicole Bush, Emily Lykins (1) and Sydney Boatright. WP: Greer. LP: Bush. 2B: Ashley Nikolao (MC), Megan Aebersold (MC), Rachel Ayer (MC), Lykins (SC), Katie McKinney (SC). HR: Elissa Youart (MC), Nikolao (MC).

POOL PLAY: MEADE COUNTY 6, MALE 5

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Meade County    600   000    0    6  5  1

Male                 202   001    0    4  5  3

Abby Whelan and Maddie Tabor. Alexandra Miozza and Morgan Ginter. WP: Whelan. LP: Miozza. 2B: Rachel Ayer (MC), Tabor (MC).

UP NEXT: Meade County plays at Louisville Holy Cross at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

NORTH HARDINGOES 2-2. Blair struck out four and the Trojans (2-3) earned their quarterfinal spot Saturday by knocking off Frankfort Western Hills, 7-2 in their final pool game.

Freshman Shelby Peace went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Vasquez singled, scored and drove in two.

 In their second pool game late Friday, the Trojans one-hit Bardstown Bethlehem, 6-0 as Blair struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.

Peace singled and drove in two. Eighth-grader Kara Bailey singled and scored twice and sophomore Cassie Ferguson singled twice and scored once.

 In their pool opener Friday, the Trojans made nine errors in an 8-2 loss to Louisville Butler.

Blair doubled, Wilson had two singles and scored once and Peace scored the other run.

POOL PLAY: NORTH HARDIN 7, WESTERN HILLS 2

                                              R  H  E

Western Hills     200     00          2  3  3

North Hardin      411     1x          710  1

Brooklyn Etherington and Tabitha Barnes. Bailey Blair and Shelby Peace. WP: Blair (2-2). LP: Etherington. 2B: Lakenzie Ritchie (WH), Peace (NH)

POOL PLAY: NORTH HARDIN 6, BETHLEHEM 0

                                              R  H  E

Bethlehem         000   000          0  1  2

North Hardin      000   123          6  8  3

Alex Newton and MacKenzie Hagan. Bailey Blair and Shelby Peace. WP: Blair. LP: Newton. 2B:

POOL PLAY: LOUISVILLE BUTLER 8, NORTH HARDIN 2

                                              R  H  E

Butler               003     14          8  5  1

North Hardin      200     00          2  3  9

Abby Ziegler and Larissa Book. Bailey Blair and Shelby Peace. WP: Ziegler. LP: Blair. 2B: Blair (NH). 3B: Courtney Rose (B).

UP NEXT: North Hardin hosts Bullitt Central at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

NO. 19 CENTRAL HARDIN GOES 2-2. The Lady Bruins (3-2) fell to Mercy in the quarterfinals as the teams combined for nine extra-base hits.

Senior Jordan Lasley homered and doubled for the Lady Bruins. Sophomore Kelsey McGuffin homered, while senior Jackie Holbert and freshman Mariah Bryant doubled.

 Central Hardin completed pool play Saturday with a 5-0 win over Breckinridge County as sophomore Alex Griffith (1-0) didn’t walk a batter while recording a four-strikeout no-hitter. She was two errors away from a six-inning perfect game.

Holbert and McGuffin both singled, doubled and drove in one. McGuffin also scored and stole a base, while Lasley stole two bases and scored once.

 In its second pool game Friday, Central Hardin had 25 hits in its five-inning pounding of South Oldham, 19-1.

Six Lady Bruins had multiple hits. Lasley homered and doubled, while Bryant, McGuffin, senior Baylee Sullivan and eighth-grader Aubree Muse – who was 4-for-4 with three RBI – each had a double.

 Central Hardin hit four homers in its pool opener Friday, but the Lady Bruins were done in by six errors as they fell to No. 22 Louisville Holy Cross, 6-5 in five innings (time limit).

Lasley, Sullivan and junior April Pence hit solo homers, while McGuffin had a two-run homer. Bryant went 2-for-3 with a double.

QUARTERFINALS: MERCY 5, CENTRAL HARDIN 3

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Central Hardin    200   000    1    3  7  2

Mercy               004   100     x    5  8  0

Jessica Nall, Alex Griffith (6) and Mariah Bryant. Leigh Ellen Thomas and Jessica Hackel. WP: Thomas. LP: Nall (2-1). 2B: Bryant (CH), Jackie Holbert (CH), Jordan Lasley (CH), Erika Downey (M), Hannah Gray (M), Morgan Meyer (M), Thomas (M). HR: Lasley (CH), Kelsey McGuffin (CH).

POOL PLAY: CENTRAL HARDIN 5, BRECKINRIDGE COUNTY 0

                                              R  H  E

Breckinridge      000   000          0  0  3

Central Hardin    104   000          5  8  2

Hannah Lee and Alysa Coomes. Alex Griffith and Mariah Bryant. WP: Griffith (1-0). LP: Lee. 2B: Jackie Holbert (CH), Kelsey McGuffin (CH).

POOL PLAY: CENTRAL HARDIN 19, SOUTH OLDHAM 1

                                              R  H  E

Central Hardin    803     26         1925  1

South Oldham    001     00          1  7  0

Jessica Nall, Alex Griffith (5) and Mariah Bryant. Danielle Hempel and Ashleigh Howard. WP: Nall. LP: Hempel. 2B: Bryant (CH), Jackie Holbert (CH), Jordan Lasley (CH), Kelsey McGuffin (CH), Aubree Muse (CH), Baylee Sullivan (CH). HR: Holbert (CH), Lasley (CH), Leskady (SO).

POOL PLAY: LOUISVILLE HOLY CROSS 6, CENTRAL HARDIN 5

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Central Hardin    012     11          5  7  6

Holy Cross        040     02          6  6  2

April Pence and Mariah Bryant. Maddie Ray and Maranda Jacobs. WP: Ray (5-0). LP: Pence (0-1). 2B: Bryant (CH). HR: Jordan Lasley (CH), Kelsey McGuffin (CH), Pence (CH), Baylee Sullivan (CH).

UP NEXT: Central Hardin hosts Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

LARUECOUNTYGOES 2-2. The Lady Hawks (3-6) dropped an 8-4 decision to Holy Cross in Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinals.

Junior Peyton Gardner went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fifth inning which pulled the Lady Hawks within 8-3.

Junior Brigitte Skaggs and senior Kayla Skaggs each had one hit and one RBI, while freshman Delany Eastridge singled and scored.

 The Lady Hawks wrapped up pool play with a 9-3 win against Corydon (Ind.) Central. Brigitte Skaggs (3-2) struck out five, walked one, scattered four singles and allowed just one earned run.

Junior Courtney Johnson tripled and drove in one, while Mallory Skaggs, Eastridge and sophomore Sierra Mullins each had two singles and one RBI.

 In its lone pool game Friday, LaRue County beat Grayson County, 6-3, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh when the game went to the international tiebreaker (runner starts inning on second base) because of time constraints.

Johnson went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and one run scored. Mallory Skaggs added two singles.

Brigitte Skaggs (2-2) struck out three.

QUARTERFINALS: LOUISVILLE HOLY CROSS 8, LARUE COUNTY 4

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LaRue County    001   021    0    4  5  2

Holy Cross        401   300     x    8  9  3

Brigitte Skaggs, Emillee Cundiff (5) and Sierra Mullins. Morgan Gailor and Rebecca Miller. WP: Gailor. LP: B. Skaggs (3-3). 2B: Brutscher (HC). HR: Peyton Gardner (LC).

POOL PLAY: LARUE COUNTY 9, CORYDON (IND.) CENTRAL 3

                                              R  H  E

LaRue County    050     40          911  2

Corydon Central201     00          3  4  4

Brigitte Skaggs and Sierra Mullins. Stiles and Smith. WP: B. Skaggs (3-2). LP: Stiles. 3B: Courtney Johnson (LC).

POOL PLAY: LOUISVILLE MERCY 12, LARUE COUNTY 0

                                              R  H  E

LaRue              000     00          0  0  5

Mercy               232     14         12  8  0

Kayla Skaggs, Brigitte Skaggs (1), Emillee Cundiff (4) and Sierra Mullins. Leigh Ellen Thomas and Jessica Hackel.

WP: Thomas. LP: K. Skaggs. 3B: Thomas (M). HR: Keck (M).

POOL PLAY: LARUE COUNTY 6, GRAYSON COUNTY 3

                                              R  H  E

LaRue County    010   002    3    6  7  3

Grayson County  200   001    0    3  8  4

Brigitte Skaggs and Jill Hughes. Jessika Young and Megan England. WP: B. Skaggs. LP: Young. 2B: Courtney Johnson (LC), Alanna Mudd (GC).

UP NEXT: LaRue County hosts Elizabethtown at 6 p.m. Tuesday.