OWENSBORO – The Greenwood softball team made a first-inning lead stand Thursday, beating Scott County 3-0 in the first round of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Softball Tournament at Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro.
“We’ve got that target on our back now, and we know that,” Greenwood coach Penny Reece said. “We have to play with that, and that’s what you need in that opening round. … We knew we had to bring our best.
“It was tight there for a while, and the bats came through. We’ve just got to keep bringing our game.”
The Lady Gators (37-5) advance to play Region 7 champion Mercy at 9 a.m. today.
If they win that game, they’ll play the winner of first-round victors Lone Oak and Owensboro Catholic at 3 p.m. If they lose to Mercy, they’ll drop into the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament and play again at 1 p.m.
Greenwood sophomore pitcher Elizabeth Moss walked two batters and gave up a hit in the first inning, but she escaped trouble with an inning-ending double play and settled down from there.
The hurler finished with seven strikeouts in seven innings, giving up five hits and two walks.
Sophomore catcher Aeron Smith gave Greenwood a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with an RBI single that plated junior shortstop Emily Gravette.
The Lady Gators cushioned their advantage with two runs in the sixth. Smith scored on an error after a two-out triple, and junior first baseman Brittany Graham later added an RBI double.
Scott County (32-8-1) also had chances in the top of the fourth with runners at second and third and one out, but Moss got a strikeout and lineout to end the threat.
Sophomore pitcher Marlee Tevis surrendered seven hits and took the loss for Scott County.
Other first-round winners were Estill County, Boyle County, North Laurel and Ryle.
SCHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
GHS 1 0 0 0 0 2 x – 3