Waits’ hit lifts Rockets; Collins rallies to win, too

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By Josh Cook

Seventh-grader Brianna Waits’ 1-out, 2-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped the Shelby County softball team’s comeback and gave the Rockets a 4-3 victory over North Oldham in their season-opener Thursday at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.


The Mustangs beat the Rockets, 6-5, in Goshen in Shelby County’s season-opener last year. This time around the game was scoreless until the fifth inning, when North Oldham (then 3-1) plated three runs.

The Rockets, however, responded with two runs in the sixth. Shelby starting pitcher Sydney Wright reached base with one out and scored on Waits’ 2-out double. The next batter, senior Keaton Jesse, walked, before freshman Jessie Vermillion reached on an error that brought in another Rockets' run.

In the seventh, freshman Tori McGuire walked with one out before Wright singled. Then, after senior Ari Jones walked, Waits delivered her game-winning hit. 

Wright yielded two earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four.

The Rockets, who hosted Manual on Tuesday afternoon, host Bullitt East at 6 p.m. Thursday.

COLLINS 15, NORTH OLDHAM 12:The Titans (1-1) rallied from an early 4-run deficit to beat the Mustangs (3-3) for their first victory of the season Saturday in Goshen.

North Oldham led, 6-2, after four innings before Collins plated five runs in the fifth inning and eight in the sixth for its first victory under new coach Suzanne Cates.

A trio of Titans had three hits apiece to lead Collins at the plate. Sophomore Danaria Lewis was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Junior Sydney Cloyd went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored and senior pitcher Lauren Shepherd was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Lindsey Ketcham, Janelle Hayes, Shelbi Poehlein, Hannah Renfro and Janette Hynes added two hits apiece.

Shepherd picked up the victory on the mound, giving up eight runs – although only one was earned – on six hits while walking five and striking out five in 5 2/3 innings.

The Titans, who hosted Western Hills on Tuesday, host Louisville Southern at 6 p.m. Thursday.


BOYS’ TENNIS: SCHS 3, Frankfort 2

The Rockets won Thursday afternoon at Clear Creek Park on victories by Ethan Russell,  6-2, 6-0, at No. 1 singles and their doubles teams. At No. 1 doubles Jeron Russell and Doug Martin won via default. At No. 2 doubles freshmen Josh Barry and Harrison Baldwin were victorious, 6-2, 6-1.

Shelby County (2-0), which played at South Oldham on Tuesday, plays Collins on Thursday at Clear Creek Park.