Mt. Vernon —
Pulaski County came into the 47th District Softball Tournament with an overall record of 9-21 and a district record of 0-6.
Rockcastle County, meanwhile, came into the first round match-up with a perfect 6-0 record against district opponents.
During the regular season, the Lady Rockets of Rockcastle County defeated the Pulaski County Lady Maroons twice, by scores of 11-2 and 5-0.
None of that mattered on Monday evening at Rockcastle County High School, as Brad Gover and the Lady Maroons shocked the state, downing the top-seeded Lady Rockets by a score of 4-2.
With two-run upset victory over Rockcastle County, Pulaski County punched their tickets into the 47th District Softball Championship game, where they earned a meeting with crosstown rival Somerset.
Gover, who is in his first season as the head coach of the Lady Maroons, was super proud of his team following their upset win over the Lady Rockets on their own home turf.
“I’ve been coaching high school sports for 11-12 years, and this is by far, the most exciting and most cherished moment that I’ve had in my coaching career,” began Gover. “That may be one of the biggest upsets in the state of Kentucky – it was huge. I’m the happiest man on the face of the Earth right now.”
Pulaski County jumped out to 3-0 lead in the second inning thanks to the bat of Ashia Conwell. After Samantha Randolph hit a single and Eulah Perkins boarded on a walk, Conwell smashed a ball over the left center field for a three-run home run.
The Lady Rockets would respond in the bottom of the frame though, as they plated a run after Cheyenne Gilliam scored on a single from Katie Adams. Thanks to the single from Adams, Rockcastle County cut the lead to a pair of runs at 3-1.
Randolph, who got aboard via a double, plated her second run of the ballgame in the fourth inning after a sacrifice from Lindsey Anderson. The sacrifice widened the Lady Maroon lead back to three runs at 4-1.
Rockcastle County wouldn’t go away however, as Mahala Saylor, who tripled to get on base, tallied a run on a RBI double from Juliann Kirby. Following the double from Kirby, Rockcastle County flew out three straight times to end the frame.
The Lady Maroons would hold on to win the game by a score of 4-2, clinching themselves a spot in the district championship game and more importantly, the 12th Region Softball Tournament. In Gover’s first season at the helm, Pulaski County is back in the regional tournament after missing it a season ago.
“Whenever this group first started out, we would get a lead and then lose it,” told the first-year PC coach. “After a couple of big games, these girls started to believe in themselves and are now playing like veterans.”
Randolph and Kristyn Wilson led the charge for the Lady Maroons at the dish, as the pair had two hits each. Conwell, who finished with three RBI’s, and Haley Baugh also had hits in the victory.
Wilson, who pitched all seven innings for the Lady Maroons, was the winning pitcher in this one. The Pulaski County eighth-grader gave up two runs on six hits and had five strikeouts in her first-ever postseason appearance.
Pulaski County and Somerset went toe-to-toe in last night’s district title game at Rockcastle County High School. Look for details of that game in Thursday’s sports section.
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PULASKI CO. 4, ROCKCASTLE CO. 2
PC – 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 – 4 6 0
ROCK – 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 – 2 6 0
2B – Randolph (PC); Kirby (ROCK)
3B – Saylor (ROCK)
HR – Conwell (PC)
RBI – Conwell 3, Anderson (PC); Kirby (ROCK)
Runs scored – Randolph 2, Perkins, Conwell (PC – 4); Gilliam, Saylor (ROCK – 2)
Hits – Randolph 2, Wilson 2, Conwell, Baugh (PC – 6); Saylor 2, Chasteen, Kirby, Collins, Adams (ROCK – 6)
LOB – PC 4, ROCK 4
Errors – PC 0, ROCK 4
WP – Wilson (PC)
LP – Chasteen (ROCK)
Strikeouts – Wilson 5 (PC); Chasteen 6 (ROCK)