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Softball: A look at the 8th Region

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By Laura Clark

Shelby has challengers

Although the Lady Rockets are the defending district and region champs, Anderson County earned a higher ranking in the Kentucky Prep Softball Coaches poll. Maybe that’s because No. 13 Anderson has an ace pitcher in senior Courtney Turpin.

The Lady Bearcats are also led by senior center fielder Christina Harvey and senior first baseman/pitcher Lauren Brown.

Oldham County also should be a contender with several starters returning, including Brooke Leinhart and Taylor McElhinny. There’s also an Oldham County pitcher Lady Rockets that Coach Kelly Cable said will be a huge threat. This Lady Colonel can throw in the low 60s.

“That’s flat bringing it,” Cable said.

Simon Kenton could be the sleeper team, although neither of the top three favorites would know it until the regional tournament, as they do not have the Lady Pioneers on their schedule.

Big Games April 20, Anderson County at Oldham County

In the first of two regular-season meetings, these two will be fighting for regional reputation. And if the pitchers are all that they’re chalked up to be, this will be a pitching duel.

May 3, Henry County at Oldham County

Henry County is likely the strongest team from the 31st district, giving this match up a nice preview for regional teams.

May 3, Anderson County at Shelby County

This will be the first of two regular-season meetings. And the teams know they’re likely to meet in the postseason – at least once. The rivalry grew last year as Shelby upset the defending district champs. But that doesn’t mean several losses before that haven’t hung with the Lady Rockets. As senior Hannah Stucker says, “We’re bitter, and we’re eager to beat Anderson.”