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R. Boyd nearly perfect in win over Robertson
April 4, 2014By Brad Laux of 1016sports
Wednesday, Apr. 2 -- Senior Rachel Boyd came within one batter of pitching a perfect game as she helped lead Fleming County (3-4) to a 20-0, four-inning victory over visiting Robertson County (0-1) in Wednesday’s home opener for the Lady Panthers and season opener for the Lady Devils. The result snapped a pair of two-game skids for Fleming County (home and overall) and kept Robertson County winless in the smattering of games it’s played during the six-year history of its program. It was the first outing for the Lady Devils since April 10, 2013.
Boyd went the distance and struck out nine batters, allowing just a single walk. The Lady Panther hurler struck out the first eight batters she faced before Caitlin Peters drew a two-out walk in the top of the third. She also had a hand in forcing 11 of the Lady Devils’ 12 outs, collecting the other two in the field on defense.
Fleming County scored seven runs in the first inning and added six in the second, one in the third and six in the fourth, before the game was stopped, despite no outs having been recorded in the final frame. The Lady Panthers collected 12 hits while posting their highest run total since a 21-1 victory over St. Patrick on April 30th of last year.
Seven different batters collected at least one hit, with Tori Ishmael, Kira Brown, Cristi Petersen, Morgan Fern and Haley McIntyre each tallying two apiece. Fern led the team with two RBI.
Robertson County committed 12 errors, hampering the efforts of sophomore pitcher Felicia Schalch, who allowed just five earned runs and five walks in going the distance in the circle. The Lady Panthers made 34 plate appearances, including sending seven individuals to bat in the fourth inning when the game was stopped with no outs.
Pre-game notes: Softball make-up game between Robertson County and Fleming County scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today in Flemingsburg. The contest was originally slated to take place on Monday, but field conditions rendered the game unplayable. Fleming County (2-4) has been off for five days, while Robertson County (0-0) is opening its season this afternoon. The Lady Panthers dropped both of its games at the MayField Ice Creamier-Battle by the Creek last Friday at Johnson Central (5-4 in six innings to the host Lady Eagles and 3-0 to 1016sports’ top-ranked East Carter). The team won its two previous contests against Menifee County (5-1) and Mason County (13-7). Today will be Fleming County’s home opener. The Lady Panthers posted a 6-3 mark on its field last spring, dropping its final two contests. Robertson County is still in the early stages of developing its program. Last year it canceled its campaign after playing just four games and finished with a 0-4 mark, with all four contests taking place on the road. As then-Deming High School, the Lady Devils only played once in 2012, dropping a 7-0 home decision to St. Patrick. The school began its program in 2009 but, according to the KHSAA web site, has yet to play more than six games in a season. Based on available information, the Lady Devils are 0-14 all time with 13 of those contests coming on the road. Under first-year coach Michelle Smith, RCHS has 11 games scheduled for 2014. The Lady Devils open the season campaign with four of its first five games on the road. Robertson County will not participate in 10th Regional play this year. The two teams have never met, but are scheduled to play again in Mt. Olivet on Apr. 29.
See videos: Fleming County senior pitcher Rachel Boyd, Fleming County coach Nathan Ryver, Robertson County coach Michelle Smith