The 2012 Rawlings/KHSAA Fast-Pitch Softball State Tournament will get underway at 5 p.m. CT (6 ET) at Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro.
With four fields surrounding the press box, I’ll do my best to keep you up to date on what’s happening. (See below!)
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Today’s (Thursday’s) schedule opens with Nicholas County facing Estill County; Boyle County versus Oldham County; North Laurel against Ashland Blazer; and Christian County taking on Ryle.
Late games, scheduled for 7 CT, have Mercy against Bullitt East; Scott County versus Greenwood; Owensboro Catholic facing Johnson Central; and Lone Oak tackling Green County.
The double-elimination tournament continues Friday, starting at 9 a.m. CT (10 ET). Saturday, play begins at 9 a.m. CT, with the winners’ bracket champion taking on the losers’ bracket survivor at 1 p.m. If necessary, a second game would immediately follow.
Scott County and Greenwood are just about to get underway.
Meanwhile, Mercy leads Bullitt East 2-1 through one inning; Owensboro Catholic leads Johnson Central 1-0 in the second; while Lone Oak and Green County are scoreless in the third.
* Greenwood leads Scott County 1-0 through three complete innings.
Johnson Central and Owensboro Catholic are tied 1-1 through five complete.
Mercy is battering Bullitt East 12-1 in the third.
Lone Oak and Green County are tied 2-2 in the sixth.
* Mercy has finished off a 16-1 rout of Bullitt East.
* Greenwood adds a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth and goes on to beat Scott County 3-0.
* Owensboro Catholic edges Johnson Central 2-1, and Lone Oak tops Green County 4-3.
North Laurel is the first team to score in the tournament, taking a 1-0 lead over Ashland Blazer through one inning.
* Boyle County strikes for a run in the bottom of the second inning and leads Oldham County 1-0. The Rebels used two walks, an error and a hit to score. Hannah Chadwell drew a two-out bases-loaded walk for the RBI.
On other fields, Nicholas County and Estill County are scoreless in the fourth, as are Ryle and Christian County. North Laurel still leads Ashland 1-0.
* Ashland Blazer has rallied to tie North Laurel 1-1 on McKenzie Vanover’s RBI single in the third inning. Play is now in the fourth inning.
* Boyle County is holding on to a 1-0 lead over Oldham County in the fourth inning. Nicholas County and Estill County remain scoreless in the sixth, while Ryle and Christian County are 0-0 in the fifth. Ashland Blazer and North Laurel are still tied 1-1, heading to the fifth.
* Nicholas County pushed a pair of runs across in the top of the sixth to break a scoreless tie against Estill County. Ryle and Christian County remain scoreless in the fifth. Boyle County leads Oldham County 1-0 in the middle of the fourth. And Ashland Blazer remains tied with North Laurel, 1-1, through five complete.
* Boyle County scored three runs to increase its lead to 4-0 over Oldham County through four complete innings.
Ryle also has broken through, taking a 1-0 lead over Christian County in the sixth.
North Laurel scored twice to take a 3-1 lead over Ashland Blazer in the middle of the sixth.
Nicholas County leads Estill County 2-0 in the seventh.
* Estill County rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh, capped by Shelby Arthur’s two-run, two-out walkoff double, to edge Nicholas County 3-2.
Meanwhile, North Laurel closed out a 3-1 victory over Ashland Blazer, and Ryle claimed a 1-0 victory over Christian County.
Boyle County leads Oldham County 4-1 in the middle of the sixth.
* Boyle County closed out a 4-1 victory over Oldham County, completing the round of four early games.