By Ashli McLean
The No.4 Louisville Male Bulldogs defeated the No. 3 Scott County Cardinals 9-6 in the second round of the Worth/KHSAA Fastpitch Softball State Tournament. The first pitch went out at 10:00am ET. Male will face No. 1 McCracken County today at 4:00pm ET.
With an easy first out for Male in the top of the first inning, Scott County freshman Hannah Davis was able to reach second base by two errors. That was as far as Scott County would get before bringing Male up to bat. Senior Amanda McIver walked to first, advanced to second, and scored the Bulldogs’ first run off a single by Walls that also advanced Suski to second. Both Suski and Walls each then stole a base, and Suski scored off a wild pitch by Cardinal sophomore Madison Moss to give Male a 2-0 lead going into the second inning.
Scott County had no answer when batting, and substituted freshman Kennedy Sullivan for Moss at pitcher. Male senior Madison Mudd hit a home run to center field to give Male a 3-0 lead headed into the third.
Scott County was able to bounce back in the top of the third, thanks to errors by Male. With the bases loaded, freshman Grace Mullins scored to put the Cardinals’ first run on the scoreboard. A fly from junior Jordan Ison out to center field also brought Davis home.
Male led 3-2.
Male intensified its momentum in the bottom of the third. McIver hit a home run to center field and Scott County subsequently made another pitching change. Sophomore Danielle Walls walked to first base, and sophomore Haley Simon pinch ran for Walls. Then, Mudd reached first base on an error and advanced to second, which advanced Simon to third. Senior Hannah Poynter’s fly out to right field brought Simon home. Senior Kennedy Bishop bat next and also reached first base on an error, which Mudd was able to score off of.
The Bulldogs were up 6-2 going into the fourth inning.
The Cardinals didn’t score in the fourth, while Bulldogs’ junior Taylor Childress scored off a walk when the bases were loaded. The Bulldogs were now carrying a 7-2 lead.
Scott County sophomore Halie Fain would get a run for the Cardinals in the fifth when Ison singled up the middle to advance Senior Samantha Luckett and Davis to second and third bases, respectively.
With a 7-3 lead, Male nabbed two more runs in the bottom of the inning. The first was a steal from sophomore Alexis Betts and the second came from Childress thanks to a double out to left field by McIver.
Neither team scored in the sixth.
The Bulldogs were now up 9-3 going into the seventh, and Scott County would have to dominate to find a win. With a few singles and an errors, the Cardinals had the bases loaded. Davis sprinted from third base to home, but was picked off. Freshman Princess Valencia held steady on first with Ison on second and Luckett on third. The next Cardinal batter struck out, and it seemed pretty dim for Scott County. Then junior Samantha Smith tripled, bringing Valencia, Ison and Luckett home. Scott County was now only down by three, but Ricketts grounded out to third base, giving the Cardinals’ their final out.
Male won 9-6.
The Louisville Women’s Sports Network will also cover Male’s 4:00 pm match up against McCracken County.