Inclement weather dampened the 2019 this past week, literally. The quarterfinal round was postponed for one week, as heavy rains poured across Kentucky, and Lexington, preventing Clay County and others from continuing their season. The schedule remains the same, as only the date of play changed.
Coach Jamie Gilbert and the Tiger softball team are taking things one game at a time, and they now look forward to Madisonville-North Hopkins in the quarterfinals of the 2019 KHSAA Fast Pitch State Tournament. Clay is faced with a very tough bracket, as undefeated (36-0) Louisville Male possibly awaits in the semi-final game, provided Clay wins their quarterfinal matchup.
Madisonville-North Hopkins – The Lady Maroons (24-9) hail from the 7thregion, featuring nine teams with a record over .500. To say they know how to compete is an understatement.
This team is led by Courtney Patterson, a senior pitcher who boasts an ERA of 2.34. She has guided this group to a current 8-game win streak, showing that Madisonville-NH is hot at the right time. Patterson also bats with a .425 average, along with Courtney Peyton, who comes in hot with a .427 average.
Clay should have their hands full, as the state tournament simply fields the best of the best that the commonwealth has to offer. Madisonville-North Hopkins could very well have their hands full with Clay County as well, as the Tigers have been on this stage before, and know what it takes to win. The Tigers also know how a loss in this tournament stings, and will do anything they can to avoid it.
These games will be held at John Cropp Stadium on Friday, June 14th, 4:00PM. John Cropp Stadium is on the campus of the University of Kentucky. If Clay wins, they meet the winner of Louisville Male v Boyle County in the semi-finals on Saturday, June 8th, at 12:00PM. The championship is June 9th, at 2:00PM.