Rockets’ softball team blasts away at J-town

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By Josh Cook

The Shelby County softball team put up its highest single-game run total in five years Wednesday in its 18-2, 6-inning victory at Jeffersontown.


It was the most runs the Rockets (9-17) have scored in a game since they annihilated Eminence, 19-0, in the 30th District Tournament on May 19, 2008. They scored eight runs in the first inning, one in the second and third frames before tacking on another eight-spot in the sixth against the Chargers (4-17).

Sydney Wright picked up the victory on the mound, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out four.  

Freshman Tori McGuire led Shelby County’s 14-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Seventh-grader Brianna Waits, senior Ari Jones and freshman Savannah Smeaton added two hits apiece for the Rockets, who ended a 4-game losing streak. Waits finished with a trio of RBIs, and Smeaton and seventh-grader Hannah Webb added two each. Meanwhile eighth-grader Kelsey Shepherd scored thrice, and McGuire, Webb, Smeaton, Wright and senior Keaton Jesse reached home twice.

The Rockets, who played at Anderson County on Thursday night in a game that didn’t count toward the district standings, host Trimble County at 6 p.m. today. They play at Carroll County at 6 p.m. Monday before hosting Mercer County on Tuesday.

BULLITT EAST 5, COLLINS 2:The Titans (12-15) managed just three hits against the 11th-ranked Chargers (25-4), who used a 4-run first inning to win in Mount Washington on Wednesday.

Collins scored single runs in the fourth and sixth before Bullitt East added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.

Collins senior pitcher Lauren Shepherd gave up five runs (although only one was earned) on six hits while walking none and striking out two.

The Titans were led at the plate by junior Sydney Cloyd, who went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the sixth.

Collins plays at Spencer County at 6 p.m. Monday and at Lexington Catholic at 6 p.m. Tuesday.


GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Collins loses 2

Visiting Scott County edged the Collins girls’ lacrosse team, 11-9, Tuesday night – the Titans’ Senior Night. Then, host Oldham County clobbered Collins, 10-1, Wednesday night in Buckner.

Against the Cardinals, senior Miranda Maier led the way for the Titans with four goals. Her twin sister Marysa added a pair of goals, as did junior Katie Herick. Junior Shelby Logsdon netted Collins’ other goal.

Seniors Chloe Crumpton, Erin Daugherty and Emily Thompson each added an assist, as did junior Delaney Boone and sophomore Audrey Adcock.

Against the Colonels, Herick tallied the Titans’ lone goal off an assist from Miranda Maier.


GIRLS’ TENNIS: SCHS 4, Gallatin County 1

The Rockets on Tuesday improved to 10-5 by winning a pair of singles matches and both doubles matches. Mana Shimizu (No. 1 singles) triumphed, 6-2, 6-1, and junior Hailey Coffey (No. 2) won, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7, in a super tiebreaker). In doubles, Rachel Dove and Jordan Rood won, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 1, as did Abbey Gowin and Melanie Roley, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2.

The Rockets will compete in the 8th Region Tournament, which begins Monday at Western Hills.


BOYS’ TENNIS: Collegiate 5, SCHS 0

The Rockets’ closest matches Wednesday in Louisville were in doubles, where the Titans won both in third-set super tiebreakers.

Shelby County will next compete in the 8th Region Tournament on Monday at Franklin County. Ethan Russell and Jimmy Welman will compete in singles, and Doug Martin and Jeron Russell and Stuart Orange and Luke Dove will team up in doubles.