Pikeville’s softball team visited Johnson Central Tuesday evening looking to avenge a 5-3 loss that stretched out nine innings a month ago. The Lady Panthers were able to capitalize on errors by the Lady Golden Eagles to pull away to a 9-4 win.
Pikeville was able to score early to jump out to a big lead with Camryn Slone getting a hit out to left field. Lindsey McNamee was up to bat next and had a hit out to right field, allowing her to get on first with Slone on third. Lindsey Lockhart made a hit out to center field allowing for a single with Slone scoring, putting Pikeville up 1-0. Pikeville’s Kendal Hall walked to load the bases. Olivia Whitfield delivered with a two-run single allowing McNamee and Lockhart to score. That gave the Lady Panthers a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Panthers weren’t done, though. Pikeville’s Elizabeth Staggs came up to bat next and connected on a hit to second base; a throwing error on the play gave the Lady Panthers another run. Pikeville held a 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning.
Pikeville’s offense stayed hot in the second. With Alexis Stanley on second, McNamee came up with an RBI single to push the lead to 5-0. Lockhart followed with a hit to Johnson Central’s pitcher who was unable to make the catch. A throwing error on the play made things worse as McNamee scored on the play to put Pikeville up 6-0 on the top of the second.
Johnson Central couldn’t seem to mesh in the bottom of the first, but looked to improve in the bottom of the second with Macy Daniel coming up with a big hit to left field. The ball missed the glove of Pikeville’s left fielder allowing Chloe VanHoose to score; Morgan Hopson advanced to third and Daniel advanced to second on the play. That cut the Pikeville lead to 6-1.
Johnson Central continued to cut into the lead in the second. Lindsay Stambaugh singled allowing Hopson to score and Daniel to reach third. Ally Windland looked to improve on Johnson Central’s 6-2 score with a hit that just missed Pikeville’s pitcher with Daniel scoring and Stambaugh being tagged out at third to end the bottom of the second, 6-3.
Johnson Central got another run in the bottom of the fourth. Hopson scored off a wild pitch to cut the lead to 6-4.
Pikeville picked back up where they left off in the top of the sixth inning when Slone connected with a single, putting another run on the board from Stanley. Up 7-4, Pikeville continued to pour it on when McNamee hit out to right field, allowing Cassidy Lowe and Slone to score. Those two runs put the game away for Johnson Central as they were unable to come back from the three runs scored in the top of the sixth, with Pikeville pulling away to a 9-4 victory.