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The Collins softball team rallied from an early deficit Tuesday night in Taylorsville and outslugged host Spencer County, 20-10, in six innings, and clinched the No. 2 seeding in the 30th District Tournament later this month.
The Titans (13-15, 2-1) will play crosstown-rival Shelby County, and top-seeded and host Anderson County will face Spencer (2-21, 0-3) in the semifinals.
The Titans trailed 8-4 after three innings before scoring six runs in the fourth and fifth innings and adding four more in the sixth to end the game early and finish with a program-high run total.
Senior Bailey Rankin, a Southern University signee, led Collins by going 4-for-5 with two doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored. Sophomores Danaria Lewis and Shelbi Poehlein each went 3-for-5, and Lewis, who had a home run, finished with four RBIs and four runs scored. Poehlein had a double, an RBI and four runs scored.
Freshman Janelle Hynes, senior Lauren Shepherd and junior Sydney Cloyd also added two hits. One of Cloyd’s was a home run.
Shepherd picked up the victory on the mound. She gave up 10 runs but only four of those were earned because Collins committed 10 errors. She walked one and struck out one.
Collins, which played at Anderson County on Thursday in a game that didn’t count toward the district standings, plays Ryle at 8 tonight in Jeffersontown’s Lady Chargers Classic. The Titans will continue playing at J-town on Saturday before they host Trimble County on Monday and Nelson County on Tuesday.
MERCER COUNTY 5, SHELBY COUNTY 3:The visiting Titans (11-11) held off the Rockets (9-20) on Tuesday at the Shelby County Athletic Complex, taking an early lead with two runs in the first inning before tacking on three more in the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh Shelby County rallied for three runs but couldn’t complete its comeback.
Freshmen Sydney Wright and Tori McGuire led the Rockets with two hits apiece, and seventh-grader Hannah Webb had a 2-run single that highlighted Shelby’s seventh.
The Rockets next host Boone County at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Owen County at 6 p.m. Monday.
TENNIS: Martin-Russell, Kregor fall
Shelby County junior Doug Martin and freshman Jeron Russell, who earned a spot in next week’s State Tennis Tournament with their quarterfinal victory Tuesday, lost in the boys’ 8th Region Tournament doubles semifinals on Wednesday.
South Oldham sophomore Aaron Amburgey and eighth-grader Cameron Mount, the top-seeded team, downed Martin and Russell, 6-1, 6-1, at Franklin County.
The top four individuals and doubles teams advance to the state tourney, which begins next Thursday at the University of Kentucky’s Boone/Downing Tennis Complex.
Meanwhile late Tuesday night Collins junior Paige Kregor fell in the quarterfinals of the girls’ singles tournament.
South Oldham eighth-grader Natalie Dearen, seeded sixth, knocked off Kregor, the No. 4 seed and two-time reigning region runner-up, 6-2, 6-2, in a match that was moved to Franklin County because of rain at Western Hills.
GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Collins’s season ends
The Titans finished their season with a loss to Kentucky Country Day in the District 3 Tournament at Kentucky Country Day.
Compiled by Josh Cook