Collins’s softball team rallies for victory again

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By Josh Cook

Freshman Janette Hynes scored the game-winning run when Lauren Shepherd’s ground ball was misplayed in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday, as the Collins softball team rallied for a 2-1 victory over visiting Carroll County.


It was the fourth last-at bat victory of the season for the Titans (10-13).

The Panthers (7-8) plated the game’ first run in the second inning before Collins tied the score in the third. That’s when junior Lindsey Ketcham – who went 3-for-3 at the plate – tripled to left field and scored when Shepherd, the Titans’ starting pitcher, followed with a single. That tie stood until the seventh when, with one out, Hynes singled up the middle (her second hit of the game), and Ketcham doubled to left. Shepherd, the next batter, hit a ground ball that was bobbled by Carroll County’s second baseman, allowing Hynes to score.

Shepherd picked up the complete-game victory. She allowed one earned run on six hits while walking one and striking out one.

Collins, which hosted Owen County on Tuesday, hosts Bullitt Central on Thursday.


BOYS’ TENNIS: Collins drops 2

The Titans lost a pair of road matches, to North Oldham, 5-0, this past Thursday and t Carroll County, 4-1, Monday.

The Titans’ closest matches against the Mustangs came in doubles. At No. 1 doubles, North Oldham’s Seth Wallace and Danny Walker defeated Collins senior Wil Johnson and junior Luke Noel, 6-2, 6-2. At No. 2 doubles, Neill Abel and Clay Hammonds topped freshman Tucker Judy and junior Max Kroening, 6-2, 6-2.

Against the Panthers the Titans’ lone victory came in No. 3 singles, where Luke Noel triumphed, 6-1, 6-7, 1-0 – one of three matches that went to a third-set super tiebreaker.  

Collins, which hosted Anderson County on Tuesday, plays at Western Hills on Thursday.


GIRLS’ TENNIS: SCHS rolls; Collins splits

The Rockets swept all three singles matches from Bullitt Central at Shepherdsville, won at No. 1 doubles and appeared to be well on their way to victory at No. 2 doubles before the match was suspended because of darkness.

In No. 1 singles junior Hailey Coffey won, 6-2, 6-3, and junior Shimizu Manu triumphed, 6-0, 6-0, in No. 2 singles. Sophomore Emalee Turley was victorious, 8-2, in a pro set for No. 3.

The No. 1 doubles team of eighth-grader Rachel Dove and sophomore Jordan Rood rallied to win in a super tiebreaker, 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (14-12), for the victory. Then, in No. 2 doubles, junior Melanie Roley and sophomore Abbey Gowin led, 7-6 (10-7), 5-2, when play was suspended.

The Rockets, who played at Western Hills on Tuesday, play at North Bullitt today.

COLLINS WINS 1, LOSES 1: The Titans fell, 5-0, at North Oldham on Thursday before beating host Carroll County, 3-2, Monday.

The Titans’ closest match in their loss to the Mustangs came at No. 1 singles, where Rheagan Riggs defeated Collins junior Paige Kregor, 6-1, 6-2, in a battle between two of last year’s 8th Region Tournament semifinalists (Kregor lost in the finals to South Oldham’s Stephanie Pitts, who had defeated Riggs in the semifinals).

Against the Panthers, the Titans won all three singles matches. Kregor triumphed, 6-2, 6-3, and sophomore Ashley Quinn rallied for a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) victory in No. 2 singles.

“Ashley Quinn did a remarkable job recovering and coming back to win her match,” Collins Coach Jeff Stein said.

In No. 3 singles, seventh-grader Tatum Watson triumphed, 6-1, 6-2.

Collins, which hosted Anderson County on Tuesday, plays at Western Hills on Thursday.


WOMEN’S GOLF: Wiley helps UofL finish 2nd

Louisville senior Candice Wiley of Shelbyville helped the Cardinals to a second-place finish in the Big East Championships, which ended Tuesday.

Wiley fired a final-round 1-over-par 73 – tying for her team’s low score of the day – at the Watson Course in Reunion, Fla., to help UofL finish with a collective score of 875 – 14 shots behind winner Notre Dame.

Wiley finished the 3-day tournament tied for 23rd overall with a 233 (80-80-73). Next for Wiley and the Cards is the NCAA Regional Championships, May 9-11.