Not sure if the cold weather or the fact the Kentucky Wildcats were playing basketball in the NCAA tournament served as motivation, but the Hopkins Central Lady Storm wasted little time in taking care of visiting University Heights Academy Thursday night.
Central, behind 14 second-inning runs, needed just three innings to defeat the Lady Trailblazers, 18-1, and even its record at 1-1 on the young season.
Hallie Hollis gave up a lone first-inning hit and run, while striking out four and walking just one to pick up the win in the run-rule shortened contest.
Chloe Young paced the team offensively, collecting two hits — including a double — and driving in a team-high five runs. Brenna Sherman also had two hits in the game, while Baylen Young and Ella Farmer both drove in two runs apiece.
Trailing 1-0 after the first inning of play, the Lady Storm sent 20 batters to the plate in the second inning in the 14-run outburst. Hollis shut down the side in order in the top of the third, and her teammates followed with four more runs in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.
Central returns to action tonight, hosting Webster County with first pitch slated for 5:30 p.m. They will take part in the Hancock County Lady Hornet Classic Saturday. The Lady Storm will play Henderson County at 10:45 a.m. and follow with scheduled games against Hancock and McLean counties later in the day.
Crittenden County 5, Central 1
Crittenden County used a three-run fourth inning en route to a 5-1 victory Thursday night over visiting Hopkins County Central.
Hayden Smith took the loss for the Storm, allowing eight hits and five runs over six innings. Smith struck out five and walked one in the outing. Smith, Colin Garrett, Jacob Morphew, Logan Scarbrough, Dalton Shadrick, and Ethan Putty all had one hit each to lead Central.
Central’s lone run came in the top of the fifth inning when Garrett led-off the frame with a sharp single to rightfield. The junior short stop promptly stole second to move into scoring position and later scored on a Smith single to center to make it a 4-1 game.
From there, the Rockets relied on the arms of Tyler Boone and Ben Evans. Boone was credited with the victory for Crittenden County. He allowed four hits and one run over five innings, striking out seven and walking zero. Evans threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen and recorded the last six outs to earn the save.
Central (0-2) returns to action tonight, hosting Union County at 5:45 p.m. at the high school. The team will travel to Carlisle County Saturday for a doubleheader starting at noon.