Ballard’s marvelous season ends

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Ballard’s softball team continued play in the Owensboro Health/KHSAA Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament Friday and picked up wins against Pikeville and Boyle County, but saw their season come to a close with a loss to Butler.

It’s a double-elimination tournament; the Bruins dropped their first game 3-1 to Central Hardin in the opening round Thursday night.

Here’s a look at Friday’s results.

Game one: Ballard 11, Pikeville 0

The Bruins attacked Pikeville early and often pounding out 11 hits and taking advantage of four error to cruise to a five-inning win.

Shelby Kelley led the Ballard offense with three hits and three RBIs. Skylar Lee had two hits and two RBIs. Taylor Klumb and Lacey both had a hit and a run batted in while Sydney Martin and Hayleigh Gnagie each had one RBI.

Madison Alexander and Zakiya Sizemore both had two hits apiece and Alivia Sinnott had a hit.

Sinnott started in the circle and tossed a complete game and allowed four hits and struck out eight.

Adams, McNamee, Stanley, and Whitfield each had a hit for Pikeville.

Ford started in the circle and allowed 10 runs, 10 hits, nine earned, and walked one in 4 and 1/3 innings. H Akers tossed 2/3 of an inning and gave up one run, one hit, and walked one.

Game two: Ballard 11, Boyle County 0

The Bruins racked up 11 runs and 11 hits in six innings and sent Boyle County back home packing to Danville.

Allie Skaggs led Ballard with three hits, including a bomb, and drove in three runs. Kristen Klimesh had two hits and drove in four runs, Sinnott had two hits and drove in one run, Taylor Klumb had two hits and drove in two runs, and Lee had one hit and drove in two runs.

Alexander, Kelley, and Sizemore each had a hit.

Kelley manned the circle and threw a complete game and allowed three hits and struck out eight.

Madison Robbins, Danielle Roney, and Channing Whitehouse had a hit apiece for Boyle County.

Katy Grace Chadwell tossed a complete game for Boyle County and allowed eight runs, three earned, seven hits, walked two, and struck out two in 4 and 1/3 innings.

Lay tossed 1 and 2/3 innings and gave up three runs, zero earned, four hits, and struck out three.

Game three: Butler 7, Ballard 4

The Bearettes went up 4-1 in the first two innings and never looked back despite the Bruins making a push scoring three runs in the sixth.

Anna Greenwell led Butler with two hits and two RBIs, Sadie Werner had one hit and drove in one-run, Carley Ziegler had one hit and one RBI, Courtney Abbott had two hits, Alyssa Brock had two hits and one RBI, and Kennadi Thompson had one hit and one RBI.

Werner started for the Bearettes and allowed four runs, one earned, six hits, struck out three, and walked seven in five innings. Ziegler gave up no runs and one hit in two innings.

Klimesh and Lee led Ballard with two hits apiece while Alexander and Gnagie had a hit and an RBI each.

Skaggs had a run batted in and Klumb had a hit.

Kelley started in the circle and gave up four runs, one earned, four hits, struck out two, and walked two. Sinnott finished the job and allowed three runs, one earned, five hits, struck out seven, and walked three.