Titans finish 2nd in softball tourney, trounce Trimble

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By Josh Cook

In between a loss last Thursday and a victory Monday night, the Collins softball team sandwiched a second-place finish in Jeffersontown’s Lady Chargers Classic during the weekend.

The Titans lost, 8-0, at Anderson County on Thursday then won their first two games in J-town’s tourney, beating Ryle, 7-3, and Owen County, 5-0, before falling to Sacred Heart, 13-2, in the championship game Saturday.

Collins bounced back from that defeat by trouncing Trimble County, 11-6, Monday.

ANDERSON COUNTY 8, COLLINS 0:Freshman Ally Moore tossed a 4-hitter for the Bearcats (19-7) in a game that didn’t count toward the 30th District standings.

COLLINS 7, RYLE 3: Senior Lauren Shepherd picked up the victory on the mound and went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs at J-town on Saturday. She gave up three earned runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four.

Senior Bailey Rankin and freshman Janette Hynes added two hits apiece to the Titans’ 9-hit attack. Hynes also had two RBIs, and Rankin scored two runs and stole two bases.

COLLINS 5, OWEN COUNTY 0:Shepherd pitched a 3-hit shutout and also had a pair of hits and an RBI in a 5-inning game Saturday.

SACRED HEART 13, COLLINS 2:The Valkyries (25-6) routed the Titans in five innings in the final. Hynes led Collins by going 2-for-2.

COLLINS 11, TRIMBLE COUNTY 6:The seniors led the way for the Titans (16-17). Rankin went 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple, home run, four RBIs and a run scored. Alex Baker also went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Shepherd earned the victory on the mound, not yielding an earned run, and also had a single and a triple in four at-bats. Sophomores Danaria Lewis and Shelbi Poehlein added two hits apiece. Lewis and junior Lindsey Ketcham contributed two RBIs each.

Collins, which was scheduled to host Nelson County on Tuesday night, will end its regular season Saturday at DuPont Manual’s Round Robin.


SOFTBALL: SCHS reaches 10 victories

Thanks to an 8-run third inning the Rockets reached the 10-victory plateau with a 9-3 triumph over Owen County (9-15) on Monday at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.

Freshman Abby Wills led Shelby County’s 8-hit attack with two hits, and she scored a pair of runs (as did freshman Sydney Wright). Freshman Jessie Vermillion added a pair of RBIs.

Freshman Savannah Smeaton picked up the victory on the mound, giving up three runs (two earned) on nine hits while walking one and striking out six.

Shelby County hosts Spencer County at 5:30 p.m. today in a game that doesn’t count toward the 30th District standings. The Rockets play at South Oldham on Thursday.


GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Collins’s season ends

The Titans beat Male, 6-4, Thursday night in their first match of the junior varsity state tournament at Ballard before Kentucky Country Day blanked them, 18-0, ending their season.

Against the Bulldogs, the Titans’ goals came from senior Miranda Maier, junior Katie Herick and sophomore Shelby Logsdon.

“Overall an okay season,” Collins Coach David Boone said. “We'll keep building the program and use every year as a learning experience.”