Perry Central claims district title
by Tony McGuire
The championship game of the softball 54th district came down to the Perry County Central Lady Commodores and the Hazard Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Commodores took the early lead, but a late rally put the Lady Bulldogs in the driver’s seat. Perry Central had to score a late run to send the game into extra innings, and then took the title in an extra frame.
Perry Central got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning. The Lady Commodores then took the 2-0 lead in the third as Pam Sebastian scored her second run of the game. The 2-0 score would hold until the bottom of the sixth inning.
A walk, hit, and error loaded the bases for Hazard in the sixth inning. All three runners would then cross the plate on a double off the bat of Elizabeth Ratliff, giving the Lady Bulldogs the 3-2 lead.
With their backs against the wall, Perry Central had to manufacture a run in the top of the seventh to keep the game alive. The Lady Commodores got the tying run aboard on a hit batter. They would then tie the game with a close play at the plate.
Perry Central would not score another run, leaving the game tied as Hazard went on offense. The Lady Bulldogs would not be able to score despite getting a runner to third base, leaving the outcome to an extra-inning.
The Lady Commodores would plate a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning, giving them the 5-3 lead. The Lady Bulldogs would not be able to cross the plate in the bottom of the inning, giving Perry Central the win, and the 54th district title.
Perry Central stats: Pam Sebastian 2 hits and 2 runs, Shaelyn Eversole 1 hit, 1 run and 1 RBI, Whitney Back 1 hit and 1 RBI, Rachel Curry 2 hits and 1 RBI, Lana Shepherd 2 hits and 1 run, Maddison Minks 1 hit and Mahayla Walker 1 run. Shelby Sheffield 3 runs, 4 hits, 13 strikeouts and 2 walks. Whitney Back 1 strikeout and 1 walk.
Hazard stats: Lyndsey Jones 1 run, Maddison Niece 1 hit and 1 run, Elizabeth Ratliff 1 hit and 3 RBI, Aaliyah Stuupart 1 hit and Chandler Maggard 1 hit and 1 run. Chandler Maggard 5 runs, 9 hits, 5 strikeouts and 5 walks.
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