Christian County begins play Friday in the Kentucky Softball State Tourmament at Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro. The Lady Colonels (38-3) will play Shelby County (19-13) at 9am Friday. Their second game will be at 12:15pm, win or lose.
The Lady Colonels are maing their third straight trip to the state tournament. They advanced to the loser's bracket semifinals last year and the loser's bracket quarterfinals in 2007. Their last state title came in 1996.
The Lady Colonels are hitting .364 as a team, with five starters hitting over .400. Catcher Griffin Joiner is hitting .488 with a team-high 37 RBIs. Eighth grader Maggie Glass is batting .457 with 18 RBIs. Junior Stacey Harbold is batting .423 with a team-high six homers and 33 runs knocked in. Hannah Driver (.402) and Hannah Hodge (.400) are also above .400, with Hodge (above) adding five homers and 35 RBIs.
On the mound, Hannah Driver is 22-2 with a 0.90 ERA. Driver, who missed three weeks with a hamstring injury, has struck out 178 batters in 116 innings. Harbold is 15-0 with a 0.52 ERA. She has struck out 126 batters in 107 innings.
With 38 wins, Christian County is three wins away from setting a new state record for wins in a season. The old mark of 40 was set by Greenwood in 2007 and Owensboro Catholic in 2003.
Shelby County is making their first state tourney appearance since 2004. That year, the Lady Rockets advanced to the semifinals of the loser's bracket after an opening game loss.
Shelby County only has four seniors on their roster, led by third baseman Shauna Gramig, who is hitting .396 on the season. Junior Dee Dee Davis is hitting .311, and sophomore Hannah Abbott is hitting .313. As a team, Shelby County is hitting .277.
On the mound, senior Haliegh LeCompte has a record of 14-11 with an ERA of 2.15. She has struck out 64 in 130 innings pitched.
A first round win by Christian County means a likely second round matchup with Mercy (29-10), who the Lady Colonels have already beaten 7-0 and 1-0 this year.