DIXON — The Webster County softball team opened its season in dominant fashion on Thursday, beating Paducah Tilghman in five innings, 14-3.
The Blue Tornado (0-1) actually scored first with two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Lady Trojans (1-0) responded with four runs in the bottom half to take the lead.
Tilghman scored again in the top of the second to come within one, but this time Webster rallied for seven runs in the bottom half to go up 11-3. The team added three runs over the next two innings to seal the mercy-rule win.
Sophomore Karlie Keeney pitched all five innings for the Lady Trojans, giving up just one earned run on six hits and one walk while striking out six. She also dominated at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a whopping six RBIs.
Sophomore Hattie Hartman went 1-2 with a home run, a run scored and three RBIs, while sophomore Rylee Warford finished 1-3 with a double and two runs scored. Freshman Hadlee Carter went 1-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, and sophomore Kayla Yates finished 2-4 with three runs scored.
Webster is next scheduled to face Apollo on Friday on the road at 5:30 p.m.
Baseball GRAVES COUNTY 2, WEBSTER COUNTY 1
MAYFIELD — In a cruel twist of fate, the Webster County baseball team lost Thursday’s game to Graves County the same way it had won last Friday’s game against Ohio County: A seventh-inning walk off.
After the Trojans (1-1)scored first in the first inning and then the Eagles (1-0) responded with a run in the second, the two teams engaged in a pitcher’s duel that went right down to the final inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, with runners on the corners and one out, Graves senior Levi Nesler hit a single down the right field line, scoring sophomore Drew Cooper for the win.
Junior Clayton Buchanan pitched the first three innings of the game for Webster, giving up one unearned run on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Senior Drake Villines took over in the fourth and pitched the rest of the game, giving up one run on three hits and two walks while striking out two.
Buchanan also went 1-3 with the Trojans’ only hit and only run, while sophomore Brendon Thompson finished 0-3 with an RBI.
TRIGG COUNTY 9, MADISONVILLE-NORTH HOPKINS 1
CADIZ — The Madisonville-North Hopkins baseball team fell to Trigg County on Thursday.
The Wildcats (1-0) struck first with three runs in the second, then rallied for six more runs in the third. The Maroons (1-2) managed to put up one run in the fourth, but couldn’t get back in the game.
Senior Drew Webb went 1-3 and scored North’s only run, while senior Preston Browning went 2-3 with a double. Browning also pitched four innings in relief of freshman starter Cole Lawrence, giving up two unearned runs on three hits while striking out four.
The Maroons are next scheduled to host district opponent Dawson Springs for a doubleheader on Friday. The first game is set to start at 5:30 p.m.
PADUCAH TILGHMAN 9,HOPKINS COUNTY CENTRAL 0
PADUCAH — The Hopkins County Central baseball team suffered its third straight loss on Thursday, getting shut out by Paducah Tilghman.
The Blue Tornado (3-0) got their scoring started with two runs in the second, then rallied for seven more runs over the course of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Senior Skyler Hibbs went 1-3 with a double for the Storm (0-3), while senior Caleb Wagoner went 1-2 and freshman Andrew Gilbert finished 1-3 with Central’s only other hit.
The Storm are next scheduled to face Hopkinsville on the road on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
BUTLER COUNTY 10, DAWSON SPRINGS 0 (5 Inn.)
MORGANTOWN — The Dawson Springs baseball team fell to Butler County in five innings on Thursday.
The Bears (2-0) started with five runs in the first inning, then added two more runs in each of the next two innings to go up 9-0. The Panthers (1-1) managed to hold them scoreless in the fourth inning, but Butler added its 10th run in the fifth to seal the mercy rule win.
Bears pitchers Warren Cameron and Justin Elms combined to pitch a five-inning no-hitter against Dawson, allowing just three baserunners on walks.
Sophomore Jacob Guill and junior Devan Baker each went 0-1 with a walk, while junior Tanner Varney finished 0-0 with a walk.
WEBSTER COUNTY 9, UNION COUNTY 0
MORGANFIELD — The Webster County girls’ tennis team swept its opponent for the second straight game, beating Union County on Thursday.
Marissa Austin led things off for Webster (2-0) with a 6-1, 7-5 win in No. 1 Singles, and then Olivia Utley and Natalie Austin won No. 2 and 3 Singles with wins of 8-3 and 8-2, respectively. Abby Corbin got an 8-0 win in No. 4 Singles, and Allie Miesel and Maggie Jones completed the singles sweep with wins of 8-1 and 8-3 in No. 5 and 6 Singles, respectively.
Utley teamed up with Katie Floyd to get a narrow 9-8 (10-8) win in No. 1 Doubles, and then Natalie Austin worked with Krystal Haller to win No. 2 Doubles, 8-1. Anzlea Utley and Viola Fischer completed the sweep with an 8-6 win in No. 3 Doubles.
The Lady Trojans are next scheduled to face rival Henderson County on the road on Monday.
HOPKINS COUNTY CENTRAL 7
LYON COUNTY 2
MORTONS GAP — The Hopkins County Central girls’ tennis team opened its season with a win over Lyon County on Thursday.
Felicity Brasher won No. 1 Singles 6-2, 7-6, but then Lauren Williams lost No. 2 Singles 4-8. But Abby Mitchell and Riley Marsh got things back on track for the Lady Storm (1-0), winning No. 3 and 4 Singles 8-4 and 8-1, respectively. No. 5 and 6 Singles had to be forfeited by the Lady Lyons, as they did not have enough players.
Williams and Ashlyn Slate lost No. 1 Doubles 2-8, but Karigan Osborne and Katie Pyle won No. 2 Doubles 8-6. No. 3 Doubles also had to be forfeited by Lyon due to lack of players.
HOPKINS COUNTY CENTRAL 7
LYON COUNTY 2
MORTONS GAP — Just like the girls’ team, the Hopkins County Central boys’ tennis team started its season with a win over Lyon County on Thursday.
Chase French won No. 1 Singles for Central (1-0) 6-1, 6-2, and although Jarred Crone lost No. 2 Singles 6-8, the rest of the singles matches were all won by the Storm, with victories by Cobie Pyle in No. 3 Singles (8-2), Matt Daves in No. 4 (8-1), Christian Blakeley (8-3) in No. 5 and Romie Fazail in No. 6 (9-7).
Crone and Pyle lost in No. 1 Doubles 4-6, 6-3, 0-1 (5-10), but French and Daves got an 8-1 win in No. 2 Doubles, while Blakeley and Fazail won No. 3 Doubles 9-7.
The Central boys are next scheduled to host Henderson County on Monday.
Both the boys and girls teams will play against Christian County on the road on Thursday.