Titans split 4 games in softball tournament

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By Josh Cook

Thanks to a pair of walk-off victories, the Collins softball team split four games at the end of last week.

The Titans topped Louisville Southern, 10-9, Thursday in Shelbyville before beating Spencer County, 7-6, Friday in their first game of the TSOA Tournament at Meade County. Collins then dropped its final two games of that tourney – Male trounced the Titans, 9-2, and the host Green Wave beat them, 8-5, – Saturday.

COLLINS 10, SOUTHERN 9:Down 9-5 entering their final at-bat, the Titans scored five runs. Danaria Lewis reached on an error before junior Sydney Cloyd’s 2-run homer made it a 2-run game. Sophomore Shelbi Poehlein then doubled before back-to-back triples by senior Alex Baker and junior Lindsey Ketcham tied the score. Freshman Janette Hynes then brought home Ketcham with a sacrifice fly – the game-winning RBI.

Freshman Janelle Hynes, Janette’s twin sister, went 3-for-4 to lead the Titans’ 15-hit attack. Lauren Shepherd, Lewis, Cloyd, Poehlein and Ketcham added two hits apiece. Cloyd finished with three RBIs and Poehlein two, and Ketcham scored a pair of runs.

Seventh-grader Paige Oldham picked up the victory in relief. She gave up one unearned run on four hits while striking out one in the final two frames.

COLLINS 6, SPENCER COUNTY 5:Bailey Rankin’s 2-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Titans a victory over the Bears, their 30th District rivals. Rankin and Cloyd had a pair of hits, and Janette Hynes had two RBIs.

MALE 9, COLLINS 2:The Bulldogs bashed the Titans, holding them to three hits, by Janette Hynes, Rankin and Ketcham.

MEADE COUNTY 8, COLLINS 5:The host Green Wave scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 4-all tie. The Titans added a run in the bottom of the inning.

Shepherd, Lewis and Cloyd, who had a pair of doubles, led Collins with two hits apiece. Rankin added three RBIs and two runs scored.

Collins (4-3) next hosts Fern Creek at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.


SOFTBALL: Henry County 9, SCHS 2

Shelby County matched host Henry County in hits (11) but couldn’t match the Wildcats in runs on Friday.

Seventh-grader Brianna Waits went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Rockets, and eighth-grader Kelsey Shepherd and freshmen Jessie Vermillion and Abby Wills added two hits apiece.  Shelby County hosts Lexington Catholic today and Franklin County Thursday.


GIRLS’ TENNIS: SCHS 4, Frankfort 1

The visiting Rockets picked up their first victory of the season Wednesday by winning a pair of singles matches and both doubles matches.

Foreign exchange student Shmizu Manu was victorious, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1 singles, and sophomore Emalee Turley triumphed, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 singles. At No. 1 doubles, the duo of Rachel Dove and Yohari Salama won, 6-1, 6-0, and sophomore Jordan Rood and junior Melanie Roley were victorious, 8-1, at No. 2 doubles.

Shelby County plays at Franklin County on Thursday.


TRACK & FIELD: Karas wins big race

Collins eighth-grader Gabby Karas captured the girls’ KYtrackXC.com 5K Showdown on Friday night at Christian Academy of Louisville.

Karas covered the 5,000 meters in 17 minutes, 50.73 – a meet record. Her time was nearly 28 seconds faster than Sacred Heart Academy’s Samantha Simms, who finished in 18:18.01.

That race was part of the Harry Greschel Invitational, and some other members of Collins’ distance running contingent competed in it. 

In the boys’ 800, junior Justin Downs finished fourth in the 800 in 2:02.07, which eclipsed his own school record. Downs was also a member of the Titans’ fourth-place finishing 3,200 relay team, which also included seniors Devon Fielding and Nolan Petty as well as junior Alex Sells.


TRACK & FIELD: SCHS in invitational

Shelby County’s boys finished fifth, and the girls tied for eighth-place Saturday at Western Hills’ Wolverine Open in Frankfort.

The boys scored 58 points (Bryan Station won with 121.5), led by seniors Zach Shipley and Michael Barry. Shipley, the reigning Class AA state champion in the 300 hurdles, won that event in 40.69 seconds. Barry won the pole vault (10 feet, 6 inches) and finished second in the 110 hurdles.

Also for the Rockets, senior Stuart Orange finished fourth in the 400 and sophomore Jacob Gowin placed third in the high jump and sixth in the pole vault. The 1,600 relay team finished fourth, the 400 relay fifth and the 800 relay ninth.

On the girls’ side the Rockets scored 21 points (Bryan Station won with 111). Shelby County’s top finisher was senior Jamie Bradley, who placed third in the discus.

The Rockets also got points in three of the four relays, finishing fourth in the 400 relay and fifth in both the 800 and 1,600 relays.