Magoffin County’s 12-under all-start softball squad opened state tournament play on a strong note before dropping its next two in the double elimination event.
The local team, on the strength of a strong sixth inning, claimed a 14-5 victory in its first game Thursday night at Fern Creek.
Hannah Skaggs went the distance to claim the win for Magoffin County, and received plenty of offensive support from the likes of Jazzy Howard, Leslie Howard, and Darci Arnett.
Jazzy Howard, who reached base in all five of her trips plateward, finished three for three and scored two runs.
Leslie Howard, also reaching safely in five trips, enjoyed a three hit day and scored one4 of the three first inning runs that got Magoffin County off to a strong offensive.
Arnett finished with three singles and Skaggs herself also got in on the big offensive attack, banging out three hits and scoring two runs.
Magoffin County, which finished with a total of 22 hits, also got two hits apiece from Shelby Lemaster, Katlynn Wiley, Kia Bolen, and Kristina McCoy. Shanda White, who scored twice, and Lakota Arnett had one hit each.
Magoffin County added a run in the fourth when Darci Arnett singled and scored before blowing the game open with four runs in the fifth to take an 8-2 advantage.
Garrard County rallied with three runs in the fifth but Magoffin County answered by sending 11 hitters plateward in a six run six inning explosion.
Skaggs set the opposition down without any offensive damage in the sixth to preserve the victory.
Magoffin County, relaxing in the winner’s bracket, didn’t find quite the same success Saturday, losing first to eventual tournament champion Fern Creek Orange before being eliminated later that day by Johnson County.
Fern Creek Orange, after Magoffin County’s Jazzy Howard led the game off with a single and scored to put her team up 1-0, plated four runs in the first and six more in the second en route to a 12-2 victory.
Howard finished with two of Magoffin County’s six hits. Darci Arnett also banged out two hits while Kia Bolen and Hannah Skaggs had one each.
Magoffin County scored its other run in the third when Shelby Lemaster walked and worked her way on around the bases.
In Saturday’s, and the tournament’s, final appearance, Johnson County scoredf nine runs in the first two innings and coasted to a 19-7 victory.
Shelby Lemaster, Katlynn Wiley, and Shanda White, had two hits each while Jazzy Howard, Darci Arnett, and Hannah Skaggs scored two runs apiece to lead Magoffin County.
12-Under Defeat Garrard county Before Suffering State Elimination