PIKEVILLE - Magoffin County suffered its third straight loss on the road earlier in the week as host Pikeville, the current frontrunner in the 15th Region softball standings, pulled away to win 12-6 on Monday.
Pikeville pitcher Hannah Akers earned the win. Akers pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit and two runs while striking out two and walking zero.
Emily Ford started the game in the circle for the Lady Panthers. Ford lasted six and a third innings, allowing three hits and four runs while striking out eight and walking zero
Alexis Stanley provided an offensive lift for Pikeville in the victory, clubbing a home run in the fifth inning.
Pikeville produced 12 hits. Ford, Stanley, Kelcie Adams and Kendal Hall each provided multiple hits for the Lady Panthers. Stanley and Adams led Pikeville with three hits apiece.
Magoffin County scored six runs via nine hits. The Lady Hornets crossed home plate four times in the top half of the fourth inning to pull within one run of Pikeville but couldn't get any closer.
Pikeville answered Magoffin County's offensive onslaught in a big way, scoring six runs in the bottom half of the fifth frame.
Morgan Wilson led Magoffin County with three hits and two RBIs. Another productive batter, Jaime Collins, added two hits as the Lady Hornets remained in the loss column.
Kaylee Morrison (one hit, one RBI), Samantha Black (one hit, one RBI), Kallee Hale (one hit, one RBI), Emilee Bailey (one RBI) and Alexis Montgomery (one hit) were additional contributors for the Lady Hornets.
Magoffin County struggled defensively, committing four errors.
Longtime 15th Region rivals, Magoffin County and Pikeville met for the second time in the 2018 season. Pikeville topped Magoffin County 11-1 in five innings in Salyersville on April 17.