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The Shelby County softball team racked up four victories last weekend to win Bath County’s Lady Cat Invitational.
The Rockets edged Cooper, 4-3, before hammering the hosts, 15-4, Friday, then shutting out Scott, 6-0, and Elliott County, 7-0, Saturday to finish the 5-team round robin unbeaten.
“That was a good weekend to help to build our confidence and to let us know we are capable of winning games,” said Shelby County Coach Kelly Cable, whose team improved to 5-4. “I thought we pulled together as a team.”
Freshmen Sydney Wright and Savannah Smeaton each picked up a pair of victories and allowed only 10 hits combined on the mound.
“I thought my pitchers did a really good job,” Cable said.
Wright threw a 5-inning no-hitter against Scott and a 5-hitter versus Bath County and had eight strikeouts in two games. Smeaton, meanwhile, tossed a 2-hitter against Elliott and a 5-hitter versus Cooper while striking out 11.
The Rockets pounded out 33 hits in the four games.
“That was pretty good,” Cable said.
Wright and senior Ari Jones led the way with six apiece, and seventh-grader Brianna Waits added five.
Shelby County 4, Cooper 3
Waits’ third-inning grand slam lifted the Rockets over the Jaguars (4-1) in six innings in Shelby’s first game of the tourney. Smeaton earned the victory, giving up two earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three.
Waits accounted for half of Shelby’s six hits.
Shelby County 15, Bath County 4
Wright led the Rockets over the hosts (4-5) on the mound and at the plate. She allowed four unearned runs on three hits and went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a home run to finish with three runs scored, three RBIs and two stolen bases.
Jones and senior Keaton Jesse added two hits apiece.
Shelby County 6, Scott 0
Wright tossed a 5-inning no-hitter to lead the Rockets over the Eagles (2-4), walking four and striking out three. She also scored three runs and stole three bases. Jones, meanwhile, went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and two RBIs.
Shelby County 7, Elliott County 0
Smeaton gave up two hits, while striking out eight in five innings against the Lions (0-11). Jones and freshman Tori McGuire had two hits apiece – both of Jones’ were doubles – to account for half for the Rockets’ eight hits.
Shelby County plays in the Woodford County Spring Break Escape today and Saturday, facing Paul Dunbar at noon today and Louisville Holy Cross at 1:30 p.m. in pool play. Tournament play begins Saturday.
Bath County Tournament
SHELBY COUNTY 4, COOPER 3
Shelby County 004 000 – 4 6 2
Cooper 000 003 – 3 5 3
Savannah Smeaton and Brianna Waits. Carson and Jessica Koors. W – Smeaton. L – Carson. 2B – Smeaton (SC). HR – Waits (SC). Records –
SHELBY COUNTY 15, BATH COUNTY 4
Shelby County 214 8 – 15 12 4
Bath County 020 2 – 2 3 2
Sydney Wright and Waits. Taylor Moore and Haley McFarland. W – Wright. L – Moore. 2B – Wright (SC) 2, Ari Jones (SC), Hannah Webb (SC). HR – Wright (SC).
SHELBY COUNTY 6, SCOTT 0
Scott 000 00 – 0 0 2
Shelby County 201 3X – 6 7 1
Anna Shoemake and Taylor Moore. Wright and Jessie Vermillion. W – Wright. L – Shoemake. 2B – Waits (SC), Jesse (SC), Smeaton (SC). Record – Scott 2-4.
SHELBY COUNTY 7, ELLIOTT COUNTY 0
Elliott County 000 00 – 0 2 2
Shelby County 223 0X – 7 8 1
Kendra Markwell and Paige Lewis. Smeaton and Waits. W – Smeaton. L – Markwell. 2B – Jones (SC), Waits (SC).