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GRC overpowers Magoffin at Kitten Spring Invitational

April 8, 2014
By Brad Laux of 1016sports

Saturday, Apr. 5 -- No. 10 George Rogers Clark (5-3) capitalized by scoring nine runs off five hits to defeat Magoffin County (6-4) 9-3 in the final game of the Ashland Kitten Spring Invitational.

Kolbi Mitchell and Megan Terrell each reached base three times to lead the Lady Cards to their first win of the tournament. Three of George Rogers Clark’s hits went for extra bases, which accounted for five of the team’s runs, punctuated by Mitchell’s three-run double in the second inning that pushed the Lady Cards to a 6-2 lead.

Magoffin started the scoring by plating a pair of runs in the top of the first, but GRC answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. The host team on the scoreboard added five runs in the second one in the fourth and two in the fifth to push the margin to 9-2.

The Lady Hornets loaded the bases in the top of the seventh and added a run before the Lady Cards ended the game.

Each team recorded five hits. Magoffin County’s Kristen Gamble was the lone player to register two in the game. Mitchell led everyone with three RBI, while Megan Terrell had two.

Jenna Edwards earned the win by going the distance in the circle. She allowed just one earned run, while striking out five and walking one. Laylee Burchell suffered the loss. She surrendered six earned runs on five hits, striking out five, but walking 10. Magoffin County committed three errors, which led to three unearned runs.

GRC began the day by dropping a 13-3 decision to Wayne (W.Va.) and then a 8-1 result to Cabell-Midland (W.Va.) 8-1. Magoffin County fell to Ashland 10-0 in its only other contest in the tournament.

Magoffin  2 0 0 0 0 0 1 -- 3 5 3
GRC          1 5 0 1 2 0 x -- 9 5 1

WP: Jenna Edwards (7 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 5 K< 1 BB, 1 HB)
LP: Laylee Burchell (6 IP, 9 R, 6 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 10 BB, 0 HB)

Pre-game notes: On Saturday, No. 10 George Rogers Clark (4-1) will face Magoffin County (6-2) in the final game between the two at Ashland’s weekend softball tournament, the Kitten Spring Invitational at the Championship Fastpitch Athletic Complex in Boyd County. It is a change in the tournament's original schedule after all of Friday's games were canceled due to rain. Both teams will play prior to meeting at 4 p.m. The Lady Cards will face Wayne, W.Va., at 11 a.m. and then Cabell-Midland, W.Va., at 1 p.m. The Lady Hornets square off against host No. 4 Ashland Blazer at 2 p.m. This weekend, GRC is playing its first away contests of the year. Last spring, the Lady Cards were 12-15 on the road and dropped their final six contests away from Winchester. GRC has won four straight, including defeating Garrard County 4-2 on Monday in its most recent contest. Conversely, the Lady Hornets have played all but one game on the road, with their most recent contest on Tuesday, a 14-2, five-inning home victory over Allen Central. Magoffin County enters the tournament on a five-game win streak and is 5-2 on the road this season, having come out on top in its last four outings. After the Kitten Spring Invitational, the Lady Hornets will stay on the road for their next three contests. The Lady Cards will also continue to travel to play games, with the upcoming four outings taking place on the road. The two teams have not played since April 17, 2010, when GRC won 12-2 in six innings at a tournament at Franklin County. According to available records, it has been the only meeting this century.

See videos: George Rogers Clark senior first baseman Kolbi Mitchell, George Rogers Clark coach Matt Puckett, Magoffin County coach Chester McCoy.

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