Mercy beats Johnson Central, stays alive in state tournament

Mercy beats Johnson Central, stays alive in state tournament

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Mercy beats Johnson Central, stays alive in state tournament

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OWENSBORO, Ky. – Melissa Collins and Abby Wilder both went 2 for 3 with two RBIs as the Mercy Academy softball team beat Johnson Central 7-1 on Friday in a consolation-bracket game of the Worth/KHSAA State Tournament at Jack C. Fisher Park.

No. 10-ranked Mercy (25-14) advanced to face the East Jessamine-Central Hardin winner at 6 p.m. EDT Friday.

The Jaguars finished with 11 hits, as Jordan Vorbrink and Lexi Ray also had two hits apiece. Vorbrink and Collins had back-to-back RBI doubles in the second inning to give Mercy a 4-0 lead.

Ray, a freshman, tossed a complete-game four-hitter and struck out four to improve to 7-4 this season.

JOHNSON CENTRAL        001   000   0 –   1   5   2

MERCY                                  221   101   x –   7 11   0

WP – Ray (7-4). LP – Pierce (24-8). 2B – Daniel (JC), Vorbrink (M), Collins (M), Wilder (M).

Earlier Friday morning …

OWENSBORO, Ky. – Leigh Ellen Thomas tossed a one-hitter and went 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI to lead the Mercy Academy softball team to a 3-0 victory over Madisonville-North Hopkins on Friday in a consolation-bracket game of the Worth/KHSAA State Tournament.

Thomas, a senior left-hander who has signed with Tennessee Tech, struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter to improve to 18-10 this season. Whitney Bean’s one-out single in the second inning was the only baserunner she allowed.

No. 10-ranked Mercy (24-14) advanced to face Johnson Central (27-11) at 2 p.m. EDT in another consolation-bracket contest.

Thomas’ RBI single gave Mercy a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Sam Dykes added a two-run single in the sixth to make it 3-0. Dykes finished 2 for 3.

No. 2 Madisonville-North Hopkins finished 35-7. The Lady Maroons entered the tournament with a team batting average of .400 and a state-record 63 home runs but managed a total of four hits and no runs in losses to Male and Mercy.

MADISONVILLE-NORTH HOPKINS             000   000   0 –   0   1   3

MERCY                                                                  100   002   x –   3   6   0

WP – Thomas (18-10). LP – Webb (19-4).

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