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The Collins softball team overcame an 8-1 deficit and 10 errors to outlast Fern Creek, 19-18, in a slugfest Thursday in Shelbyville.
Trailing by seven runs after four innings and down six after five, the Titans scored six runs in the sixth inning and seven in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
The Tigers scored three runs in the top of the eighth to take the lead, but Collins came back with four runs in the bottom of the inning to win the game.
Senior Bailey Rankin went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Titans at the plate.
Also for Collins, freshman Janelle Hynes went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Lauren Shepherd, sophomore Danaria Lewis and junior Sydney Cloyd added two hits apiece (Shepherd had a triple and Cloyd a home run).
Freshman Kylie Truelock picked up the victory in relief for the Titans.
Collins then went 1-2 during the weekend in Oldham County’s Invitational Tournament. Kaneland (Ill.) topped the Titans, 11-0, in five innings Friday in their first game of the tourney. They bounced back to beat Carroll County, 11-9, in four innings but lose to Olentangy (Ohio), 13-4, in five innings Saturday.
The Titans (6-5) play in the Woodford County Spring Break Escape beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday against Butler County.
SOFTBALL: SCHS goes 4-1
Visiting Franklin County beat the Rockets, 16-4, last Thursday, but they bounced back to win four games at Bath County’s Lady Cat Invitational. Shelby County beat Bath, 15-4 in four innings, Cooper, 5-3, Scott, 6-0 in five innings and Elliott County, 7-0 in five innings.
Against the Flyers, the Rockets had more errors (six) than hits (five) and runs (four).
Freshman Sydney Wright and eighth-grader Kelsey Shepherd had two hits apiece for Shelby County.
The Rockets (5-4) are next scheduled to play Dunbar at noon Friday in the Woodford County Spring Break Escape.
BOYS’ TENNIS: SCHS 3, Franklin Co. 2
Shelby County won Thursday in Frankfort by capturing Nos. 1 and 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. Junior Ethan Russell was victorious, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 1 singles, and freshman Jeron Russell triumphed, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 2 singles. At No. 1 doubles, junior Doug Martin and sophomore Luke Dove combined for a 6-0, 6-2 victory.
Shelby County (5-1) is scheduled to play at North Bullitt next Monday.
BULLITT EAST 4, COLLINS 1:The visiting Chargers won Thursday at Clear Creek Park. The Titans’ lone victory came at No. 3 singles, in which seventh-grader Jared Baltzell won, 6-1, 6-3.
The Titans are scheduled to host Trimble County next Monday.
TRACK & FIELD: SCHS in Lyles event
The boys tied for 10th and the girls tied for 12th Saturday at the Lenny Lyles Invitational at Louisville Central. North Hardin won the boys’ meet with 112 points, and the Rockets tallied 21 (tying John Hardin).
Sophomore Jacob Gowin led Shelby County, finishing second in the high jump and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles. Meanwhile, senior Michael Barry took third in the 110 hurdles.
The Rockets’ 400 relay team of Barry, seniors Chase Manica and Zach Shipley and freshman Michael Perry finished sixth.
Central won the girls’ meet with 114 points. Shelby County scored 14 points, tying with Fairdale.
The Rockets’ points came from their sixth-place-finishing 400 relay team of junior Kate Schaefer, sophomore Cali Mills, senior Gina Stanula and freshman Madison Todd and from sophomore Claire Schaefer and freshman Justus Martin, who were seventh and eighth, respectively in the high jump.
Shelby County is next scheduled to compete in the Male Invitational on April 13.