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Dller pitches Lady Rams to sixth All 'A' regional title
April 28, 2014By Brad Laux of 1016sports
Thursday, Apr. 10 -- Behind the pitching of Kelsey Diller, Raceland shut out Fairview 7-0 to win the 16th Region All “A” softball championship on Thursday. It was the team’s sixth title since the tournament began in 2004. Diller threw a one-hit, complete game, striking out six and walking just one in leading the home standing Lady Rams. After a scoreless first two-and-a-half innings, No. 5 Raceland (7-3) broke through and tallied the inaugural run on Kymbria Williams’ RBI double down the left-field line. The Lady Rams turned some good fortune into four more runs in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of two hits, a pair of Lady Eagle errors and a dropped third strike. Fairview (6-5) went down in order in five of the seven innings. Madison Kirk led off the top of the second with a single to left field. It turned out to be the team’s lone hit of the day. After a fielding error and a sacrifice hit, courtesy runner Tori Thompson advanced to third base, before a fly out to center field ended the threat. In the bottom of the sixth, Madison Johnson’s two-out double drove in Taylor Podunavac and Savannah Mackie’s ensuing RBI single scored Johnson to give the Lady Rams two insurance runs. The Lady Eagles put a pair of runners on base with one out in the seventh, but a pop out and a strikeout ended the game. Mackie led Raceland with two hits and three RBI. Johnson, Williams, Podunavac and Morgan Curley also added hits for the victors. Taylor Thompson suffered the loss after throwing six innings and surrendering six hits and three walks. She also had three strikeouts. Because of four errors, only three of the seven runs Thompson allowed were earned. The Lady Rams improved to 4-0 at home and defeated the Lady Eagles for the fifth consecutive time in Raceland. The victory sends the Lady Rams to the state tournament, which will take place Apr. 26-27 at the Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro
Pre-game notes: Tonight at 6 p.m., the 16th Region All “A” championship softball game features Fairview (6-4) at Raceland (6-3). The host Lady Rams enter the night ranked fifth in the most recent 1016sports poll, with the Lady Eagles just sitting outside the top 10. With just five teams in this year’s field, both squads received a bye to the semifinals with Raceland defeating Menifee County 6-0 last night and Fairview topping West Carter 7-0 on Tuesday. Tonight will be the second of three scheduled meetings between the two rivals. Raceland won the earlier match up 8-2 at Fairview on Mar. 21. The two will also square off on May 5 back in Raceland. The Lady Rams have won their last two games (Menifee County and a 7-1 decision in Myrtle Beach, S.C. over Lake Center Christian. It was the club’s only win in the Palmetto State, having dropped its first three tilts. Raceland opened the season with four consecutive victories. The Lady Rams are 3-0 at home this year. Raceland fell in its final home game of 2013, 10-5 against East Carter on May 9. Fairview also has won its last two outings, including a 16-1, three-inning affair at home over Morgan County. This season on the road, the Lady Eagles sport a 4-2 record, rotating wins and losses in each of their last four contests away from home. Fairview defeated Raceland 7-5 on May 14, 2013. Raceland turned the tables and won the May 3, 2012 meeting in Ashland 11-8. The Lady Rams also captured two earlier home contests in 2012, 13-1 in five innings and 6-3. Raceland also won a pair of games in 2011. Fairview’s last victory in Raceland came on Apr. 29, 2009. The Lady Rams have won the last four meetings between the two at home. In 2013, Raceland lost to Russell 5-4 in seven innings in last year’s championship. The last time the Lady Rams hosted the All “A” Tournament (2012) they came out victorious defeating West Carter 4-0 in the championship. Fairview went 2-1 in last year’s tournament, defeating Elliott County 15-0 and Bath County 7-3, before falling to West Carter in the semifinals 12-5. Both teams have won the tournament. Raceland claimed the title in 2012, 2008, 2007, 2005 and 2004; while Fairview did so in 2009 and 2006.
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