STATE SOFTBALL: Lady Bruins’ quarterfinal matchup with Pendleton County moved back a week

Central Hardin and Pendleton County played a game Friday morning.

The waiting game.

Mother Nature won and the KHSAA State Softball Tournament was pushed back a week because of wet weather.

The target stayed the same, it just moved.

“Though this was not an easy decision to make, it was one we reached after consulting with the University of Kentucky, our softball staff, and others in an effort to provide an optimal experience for the participants in the best interest of our member schools,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. “Postponing the games till next weekend will prevent our teams from having to wait out the weather on an hourly basis, while also incurring additional expenses through extended lodging and travel.

“Every effort continues to be made for an optimal participant experience, especially in those areas we can control.”

The Lady Bruins (35-7) and LadyCats (26-14) meet at 10 a.m. Friday at the University of Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium.

The winner gets a semifinal date on Saturday against the winner between Warren East (34-2) and Ashland Blazer (25-11).

The other two quarterfinal matchups pit Madisonville-North Hopkins (24-9) vs. Clay County (35-2) and Louisville Male (36-0) against Boyle County (31-6).

The championship game is slated for Sunday.

“It’s not the ideal situation,” Central Hardin coach Jamie Goodman said. “It’s gonna be two weeks where we haven’t seen live pitching or haven’t played a game. There’s a lot of things that will go into this week. We’ll probably have to do some scrimmage stuff in practice and I don’t like to do that this time of year. There are things we’re gonna have to do this week that is not ideal for this time of year.

“A lot of them have academic things going on this week and their minds are in other places. We have to keep them challenged and their minds in the right place. But every team’s in the same boat. They have to deal with the same situation. We’ll deal with it and move on.”

Unfortunately for the eight state tournament participants, Saturday’s forecast in Lexington turned and both semifinal baseball games were played 0.9 miles away.

“I had no idea they would move it back a week. I thought they would try for today (Saturday),” Goodman said. “I’ve never been involved where you move one back seven days. I would have tried for the next day and tried for the next day before you call it off for seven days.”

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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