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Lady Eagles down Magoffin Co. 12-4
In a battle of top softball teams in the 57th district and 15th Region, Johnson Central came away with a 12-4 victory at Magoffin County on Monday night.
The Lady Eagles, now 7-4, scored in all but one inning and freshman Micailyn Pierce improved her record to 5-0 while striking out eight batters.
Johnson Central took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Brooke Williamson hit a double to left field and scored. Rachelle Fairchild walked and later scored on an error.
Magoffin County, now 8-7, plated one run in the bottom of the first as Hannah Skaggs singled in Leslie Howard who had walked.
Bailey Daniel walked and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Fairchild to make the score 3-1 in the second inning.
The lead increased to 4-1 as Cassandra Hall walked and scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Lauren Delong in the fourth inning.
Madison Reed and Laylee Burchell each singled and scored on a Leslie Howard double to make it 4-3.
Erin Withers walked and Cassandra Hall reached on an error before both scored in the fifth inning. The Lady Eagles tacked on four more runs in the sixth inning to make it 10-3. Fairchild, Lauren Delong (double), Jayla Spurlock and Erin Withers all scored.
Kelly Smith walked and scored and Fairchild doubled and scored in the seventh inning to make it 12-3.
The Lady Hornets scored a run in their final at bat as Hannah Skaggs doubled to plate Jazzy Howard.
Samantha Stapleton and Jayla Spurlock led Central with three RBI apiece.
Pierce scattered eight hits, walked two and hit a batter in the victory.


Tigers win All A title 11-3 over Betsy Layne
TAYLOR MILLER allowed two hits, walked one, hit a batter and struck out eight in five innings to record the victory over the Betsy Layne Bobcats Friday in the 2014 15th Region All “A” Tournament in Pikeville. The Tigers defeated Betsy Layne 11-3 to earn the title.

The Paintsville Tigers scored five runs in the second inning to get all the runs that junior Taylor Miller would need to down the Betsy Layne Bobcats 11-3 in the 2014 15th Region All “A” Baseball Tournament Friday night at the Pikeville high School Baseball Field.
Gabe Burchell delivered the game’s first hit in the top of the first frame, but was left stranded, before Miller got through the home-half of the frame, despite a defensive error behind him.
Miller followed by starting the rally with a single, before Lane Daniels drew a walk and a sacrifice bunt from Andrew Rice placed two runners in scoring position.
Betsy Layne pitcher Jordan Case lost a full-count battle to walk Tommy McCormick and hit Ryan Murray with a pitch to allow Miller to cross and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead and keep the bags packed for lead-off hitter Luke Daniels. Daniels followed with a double that plated Lane Daniels and McCormick and advanced Murray to third. Ben Daniels followed with a groundout that plated Murray and Burchell singled in Luke Daniels to extend the Tiger lead to 5-0.


Tigers hang on for 5-4 win over Valley
The Paintsville Tigers hung on to defeat the Shelby Valley Wildcats 5-4 in the first round of the 2014 15th Region All “A” Tournament after jumping out to an early lead at Charlie Adkins Field.
Lefty Kash Daniel pitched three innings of no-hit baseball and got early run support when senior Tommy McCormick smacked a full-count fastball over the left field fence to score Andrew Rice, who had walked, to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
Paintsville added another run in the third when Taylor Miller hit a one-out single and later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Rice to extend the lead to 3-0.


Lady Tigers move to finals with win over Shelby Valley
Megan Taylor, a seventh grader, earned the win from the circle against Shelby Valley Wednesday night during the 2014 All “A” Tournament at Pikeville. The right hander also hit the first home run of her young career for the Lady Tigers during the victory. The Lady Tigers are slated to take on Pikeville in the championship game of the event tonight at 6 p.m. at the Pikeville High School Softball Complex.

The Paintsville Lady Tigers defeated Shelby Valley 16-2 in the semi-final round of the 2014 All A Softball Tournament at the Pikeville High School Softball Complex.
Paintsville jumped out to a commanding lead with a seven-run first inning as the first six batters were walked to start the game. Haley Bowen and Anna Keeton delivered singles to plate two runners each and Paige Taylor doubled during her second plate appearance of the inning to give the Lady Tigers the 7-0 lead.
Seventh-grader Megan Taylor, who went the distance on the hill for Coach Dave VanHoose, gave up two runs in the second when Bethany Smith walked and scored on a Paige Werner single and Ashley Causey followed with a hit in the gap to make it 7-2.


Central earns top three places in regional fishing tournament

The Johnson Central Eagles Fishing Team won the Region-4 Fishing Tournament at the Cave Run Lake in Morehead this past weekend for the squads second championship in as many years.
The team of Trent Arrowood and Conner Ratliff won the event with one fish weighing 3.13 lbs. Cody Harless and Truman Salyer earned a second-place finish with one fish that weighed in at 2.13 lbs and Patrick Rice and Chase Shepherd came in third place with one fish that weighed 1.5 lbs, while Matthew Roberts and Richard Cornett of Perry County Central finished fourth with a 1.0 lbs. fish.
Johnson Central’s Jacob Johnson and Shawn Walker, along with defending regional champions and top-ten finishers in the state Keegan Clevenger and Donovan Ferguson also competed in the event.



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