• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lady Jackets crush Frankfort in district tournament opener


WCHS SENIOR PEYTON ROSE rips a single in the Lady Jackets’ win over Frankfort in the district semifinal on May 21. (Photo by Bill Caine)

WCHS SENIOR BAILEE RAMNES watches a fly ball to right field in the Lady Jackets 15-1 district win over Frankfort on May 21. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School softball team opened the district tournament with a 15-1 mercy-rule win over Frankfort. WCHS freshman Claire Lehmkuhler got the win in the circle for Woodford. She pitched three no-hit innings. Eighth-grader Caroline Marshall and junior Leea Cole pitched one inning in relief each. WCHS senior Peyton Rose scored on an error in the bottom of the first inning to give the Lady Jackets a 1-0 lead. Cole drove in freshman Tatum Wimblerly in the bottom of the second, and Lehmkuhler hit an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch to give the Lady Jackets a 5-0 lead. The Lady Jackets rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the third inning. WCHS sophomore Delaney Enlow hit a solo home run, and Lehmkuhler drove in a pair of runs on a fielder's choice. Rose added a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning to increase Woodford's lead to 15-1. Cole struck out the side in the top of the fifth inning.

Christian County

The Lady Jackets concluded their regular season with a 6-1 loss to Christian County on May 19. Cole started the game for Woodford. She pitched two innings, allowing two runs on two hits and four walks, while striking out four. Eighth-Grader Liz Edwards pitched one scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit. Marshall pitched three innings, allowing three earned runs on two hits and five walks. Wimberly drove in the lone run for the Lady Jackets. McCracken County The Lady Jackets rallied in the seventh inning to win, 3-2, over McCracken County on Friday, May 18. Lehmkuhler pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out ten. The Lady Mustangs scored a run in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly and scored again in the bottom of the fourth to increase its lead to 2-0. WCHS sophomore Kasey Abel hit an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning, and junior Emily Hestand hit a two-run single to give the Lady Jackets a 3-2 lead. Lehmkuhler struck out a pair of Lady Mustangs to finish the game.

Simon Kenton

The Lady Jackets dominated Simon Kenton High School on Tuesday, May 15 in a 8-0 shutout. Lehmkuhler pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out 10.

Woodford scored its first run in the top of the first when sophomore Abby Moffett crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

Hestand hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning to give the Lady Jackets a 2-0 lead. After a single by Cole, Lehmkuhler tripled to score Cole from first.

Hestand hit an RBI single in the top of the third to increase the Woodford lead to 4-0. Cole and Marshall each added an RBI in the top of the fifth.

WCHS senior Chay Hayes hit an RBI single in the top of the sixth to increase the lead to 8-0.

Hestand was three-for-three with two RBI.

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