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    Senior Zach Ditto singled to right field to drive in senior Alex Crowder, lifting the ninth-ranked Central Hardin Bruins to a 2-1 win over visiting Glasgow in eight innings Tuesday.

    The Bruins (1-0) tied it in the seventh.

    Senior Troy Squires singled and doubled, while junior Troy Riggs had two singles.

    Squires got the win in relief of senior lefty Drew Harrington, who struck out 12 in five innings and gave up just two hits. Squires struck out five and walked one in 2 1/3 innings.

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    The 23rd-ranked Central Hardin Lady Bruins were wide awake in their season debut at home Tuesday night, putting LaRue County on its heels early.

    After the Lady Hawks put up a spirited rally, the Lady Bruins awoke from their sudden offensive slumber to subdue their 5th Region rival.

    Led by All-Region sophomore shortstop Kelsey McGuffin’s two-run single that gave her team the lead for good, the Lady Bruins’ final four hits came in their three-run fifth inning as Central Hardin topped the Lady Hawks, 8-5.


    The way veteran coach Donnie Baker looks at it, the North Hardin Trojans are a lot like their coach – getting older.

    “All of those little girls are growing up. They’re a year older and a year stronger and a year more experienced,” he said. “They’re growing up, slowly but surely.”

    Sophomore Bailey Blair returns to the pitching circle after making it her full-time home last season. Baker said she developed as the season went on and continued to improve in the offseason.


    Even though Deron Bell is in his first season as the John Hardin Lady Bulldogs’ coach, he still feels the pressure is on his youthful squad.

    “I think the girls are more nervous than I am,” Bell said.

    Bell hopes to bring some stability to a program which had two coaches last season. Corey Yates started the season as coach. After Yates resigned, assistant Brittany Glascock was promoted to interim coach.


    Elizabethtown coach Matt Mardis was shocked when his Lady Panthers were picked third in the 5th Region in a preseason poll.

    After graduating pitcher and team leader Mary Beth Russell and catcher Sydney Herzog, the Lady Panthers were slated to return 8-of-10 starters from a team which went 14-19 and lost in extra innings in the region tournament semifinals. Those numbers, and positions, were thrown into flux when All-Area freshman shortstop Erin Boley decided not to return.


    Central Hardin coach Jamie Goodman has reminded the Lady Bruins championships are not won on paper. Last season was the second time in the last three years the Lady Bruins were considered to be a 5th Region Tournament contender, only to get knocked out before the final.

    Central Hardin lost to Green County in the region tournament semifinals last season and to Nelson County in the 2010 region semis.


    Following her breakthrough season last year, longtime Meade County coach Mike Harreld believes opposing teams will do anything to take junior shortstop Ashley Nikolao away from the Lady Waves.

    Nikolao is the reigning News-Enterprise Player of the Year and was voted in February as the 3rd Region Preseason Player of the Year.

    Harreld has every reason to believe teams won’t pitch to Nikolao, who he’s said is one of the best players he’s ever coached.


    Rick Thompson remembers how quiet the bus ride from Central Hardin back to Fort Knox was last season after the Lady Eagles lost to John Hardin in the 17th District Tournament quarterfinal.

    Fort Knox couldn’t hold on to a 14-6 lead and wound up losing, 17-16 in one of the wildest district tournament games in history.

    “That game last year against John Hardin was a heartbreaker,” Thompson said. “Things just fell apart at the end. We were playing well in that game and all of a sudden, the wheels fell off.”


    Aaron Howell looks back on his second season at the helm of the LaRue County Lady Hawks and wonders what happened to his team’s defense.

    The Lady Hawks committed more than 150 errors last season, finishing 14-22 and losing in the 5th Region Softball Tournament quarterfinals. After advancing to the region final in his first season, Howell was disappointed watching his team struggle last year.

    If they want to get back among the region’s best teams, Howell said the Lady Hawks must first shore up their defense.


    One seed, two seed. Red team, blue team.

    I would not pick them in a box, I would not pick them with a fox.

    My apologies to Dr. Seuss, but my daughter, Lilee, was reading stories to me Monday afternoon and now I have them stuck in my head. It’s distracting trying to write about the NCAA Tournament with rhymes running through my mind.