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Fresh off its first victory of the season, the Collins softball team turned in an impressive run at the Ballard Invitational, placing second in the weekend tournament
The Titans won three games and lost two, both to the host Bruins, who were ranked No. 5 in the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association preseason Top 25.
“This weekend was definite a stepping stone for our team,” said Collins Coach Suzanne Cates, whose team lost its first four games of the season before beating Louisville Southern 9-6 Thursday for its first victory. “We worked through some issues and are making strides in the right direction. I am proud of how flexible everyone has been and how they are beginning to grasp what it means to play as a team.”
Ballard blanked the Titans 11-0 in their first game of the invitational Friday before Collins bounced back with a 16-3 shellacking of Bishop Brossart that night.
The Titans then defeated Fern Creek and Christian Academy of Louisville, 11-3 and 7-5 respectively, before again falling to the Bruins 8-1 in Saturday’s final.
Ballard 11, Collins 0
A pair of Bruins pitchers combined to hold the Titans to three hits in a 5-inning victory.
Ballard scored three runs in the second and fourth innings and five in the third.
Collins 16, Bishop Brossart 3
Seventh-grader Carson Murray dominated at the plate and on the mound, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and limiting the Lady ‘Stangs to three hits in pacing the Titans to a 5-inning victory.
Sophomore Janelle Hynes also went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Lindsey Ketcham, Sydney Cloyd and Danaria Lewis had two hits apiece for Collins, which pounded out 17 hits.
Cloyd also had a trio of RBIs and runs scored. Seventh-grader Hallie Renfro scored three runs and Ketcham and Janette Hynes two apiece for the Titans, who tallied two runs in the bottom of the first, four in the second, eight in the third and two in the fourth.
On the mound, Murray gave up one earned run on three hits while walking one and striking out four in five innings.
Collins 11, Fern Creek 3
The Titans avenged their season-opening loss by whipping the Tigers.
Junior Shelbi Poehlein went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and classmate Lewis went 3-for-3 with two home runs, a double, four RBIs and two runs scored to lead Collins.
Murray added two hits and two RBIs and Cloyd added two more RBIs for the Titans, who finished with 13 hits.
Eighth-grader Paige Oldham picked up the win on the mound. She gave up three unearned runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out one.
Collins 7, CAL 5
Poehlein went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Titans over the Centurions.
Janelle Hynes, Ketcham, Cloyd and Hannah Renfro had two hits apiece. Cloyd also had a pair of RBIs and runs scored. Ketcham and Sam Veal also scored twice.
Murray picked up the victory on the mound.
Ballard 8, Collins 1
The Bruins (6-0) plated three runs in the first and third innings and two in the fourth to top the Titans in the invitational final.
Collins scored its run in the sixth.
Poehlein led the Titans at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Oldham, who pitched the first three innings, absorbed the loss.
Collins next plays at CAL at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
BALLARD 11, COLLINS 0
Collins 000 00 – 0 3 3
Ballard 035 3X – 11 12 0
Paige Oldham, Hannah Renfro (4) and Janelle Hynes. Sarah Brill, Shelby Kelley (4) and Alexis Hull. W – Brill. L – Oldham. 2B – Cheyenne Mercer (B), Hannah Scinta (B), Hull (B). 3B – Sydney Cloyd (CHS), Alexis Smith (B).
COLLINS 16, BISHOP BROSSART 3
Bishop Brossart 300 00 – 3 4 3
Collins 248 2X- 16 17 4
Carson Murray and Hynes. W – Murray. 2B – Hynes (CHS), Shelbi Poehlein (CHS), Murray (CHS).
COLLINS 11, FERN CREEK 3
Fern Creek 010 101 – 3 8 1
Collins 061 13X – 11 13 2
Jennifer Leonhardt and Kayte Blandford. Paige Oldham and Hynes. W – Oldham. L – Leonhart. 2B – Hynes (CHS), Cloyd (CHS), Lewis (CHS). 3B – Shelbi Poehlein (CHS). HR – Lewis (CHS) 2.
COLLINS 7, CAL 5
Collins 113 002 0 – 7 14 2
CAL 200 003 X – 5 11 0
Murray, Oldham (6) and Hynes. Alivia Sinnott, Olivia Lefan (3) and Jessica Powell. 2B – Hynes (CHS), Poehlein (CHS), Cloyd (CHS), Powell (CAL). HR – Lewis (CHS).
BALLARD 8, COLLINS 1
Collins 000 001 0 – 1 5 1
Ballard 303 200 X – 8 14 0
Oldham, Renfro (4) and Hynes. Kelley and Hull. W – Kellet. L – Oldham. 2B – Poehlein (CHS), Cloyd (CHS), Lewis (CHS). Madison Kearschner (B), Alexis Smith (B), Hull (B).