PIKEVILLE – All in a day’s work. Coach Jamie Gilbert and Co. reigned victorious in the Lyndel Potter Memorial tournament this past Saturday, winning four games in one day to bring home the hardware. Clay defeated Pike County Central, Garrard County, East Ridge, and Tates Creek. The Tigers moved to 14-1 on the season, leading the 13thregion.

Garrard County – Clay would begin their softball filled Saturday with a 4-1 win over a strong Garrard County squad. Clay would get on the board early with a Maddie Frazier double, scoring Emma Hurd, who had also smacked a double. Tori North would also join the double party, sending a line shot to right field to reach second base.

A three run 3rdinning would push the Tigers to victory, as Hurd would drill a solo homer, while North hit an RBI single. Clay would out hit Garrard County 6-2 in the contest, largely in part to the strong pitching performance by Brianda Owens. Owens would toss the full 6 innings, allowing only the 2 hits, while striking out 6 batters.

Batting – Emma Hurd (2-2) 1 HR, 1 RBI, Maddie Frazier (1-3) 1 RBI; Tori North (2-3) 1 RBI; Kimberlyn Mills (1-3).

Pitching – Brianda Owens (W) 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 6 K’s.

Pike County Central – Make that two no-hitter’s this season for Emma Hurd! The Tiger senior hurled her second no-hitter in two weeks for Clay County, as the Tigers defeated Pike County Central 2-0. Hurd struck out 12 in the contest, to Pike Central’s four.

The Tigers would use their 2-run second inning to prevail in the contest, relying on the strong pitching from Emma Hurd, and solid defensive play. Hurd would collect one of the six hits for the Tigers, as Maddie Frazier was the lone Tiger with multiple hits (2). 

Hailey Napier would get things started with a double in the top of the 2ndinning. Tori North would continue her strong offensive day, crushing an RBI single to bring Napier home on a play at the plate. Kimberlyn Mills would walk, advancing North to 2nd. Both runners would advance on wild pitches, then Allie Phillips would ground out, scoring Tori North for the 2ndand final run.

Batting – Emma Hurd (1-4); Maddie Frazier (2-3); Brianda Owens (1-3); Hailey Napier (1-3); Tori North (1-3) 1 RBI; Allie Phillips 1 RBI.

Pitching – Emma Hurd (W) 7.0 IP, 12 K’s.

East Ridge – Talk about a day! Emma Hurd tossed a 1-hit shutout, almost securing her 2ndno-hitter of the day, as Clay defeated East Ridge 12-0 in Pikeville. Clay facilitated runs smartly, as they only tallied 7 hits on 12 runs. Clay finished the contest in 5 innings, run-ruling East Ridge.

The Tiger offense received production from top to bottom in this contest. While Hurd tossed a gem, Shelby Phillips would lead the way with her 2-hit, 3 RBI effort. Phillips, along with Ellie Finley, both finished with multiple hits. Madison Jones and Allie Phillips also added 2 RBI apiece. 

The Tigers would score 2 runs in the 1st, 1 in the 2nd, explode for 6 in the 3rd, and finish things off with 3 more in the 4th. This offense was humming on all cylinders. Brianda Owens single in the 3rdwould start off the huge 6-run inning, as Hailey Napier would walk, and pinch runner Emma Deaton would advance to 2nd. Deaton would go on to score on a passed ball to get things really going. This group used fundamental softball to facilitate runs.

Batting – Shelby Phillips (2-3) 3 RBI; Brianda Owens (1-1); Madison Jones (1-1) 2 RBI; Ellie Finley (2-3) 1 RBI; Allie Phillips (1-3) 2 RBI.

Pitching – Emma Hurd (W) 5.0 IP, 1 hit, 4 K’s.

Tates Creek – Another game, another shutout pitching performance. Brianda Owens shut down Tates Creek as the Tigers won 3-0, winning the Lyndel Potter Memorial Tournament late Saturday night. An Ellie Finley 2-run home run would spark the Tiger offense, providing help on early on in the 2ndinning.

The pitching was strong for both squads, as Owens struck out 7-hitters, allowing only a mere 1 hit. Clay was held to 5 hits, and struck out 3 times in the game. However, it wasn’t enough to hold back the Tigers from yet again finding ways to get runs on the board. Finley’s home run was given some cushion, as Brianda Owens singled to bring home Shelby Phillips late in the 5thinning. 

The Tigers win pushed their record to 14-1 on the season, and they now set their sights toward another tough week of stiff competition. The Wizard of Ozz Tournament awaits Clay in Letcher County next week.

Batting – Brianda Owens (2-4) 1 RBI; Tori North (1-4); Kimberlyn Mills (1-3); Elllie Finley (1-1) 1 HR, 2 RBI.

Pitching – Brianda Owens (W) 7.0 IP, 1 hit, 7 K’s.

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