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Bearcats, Lady Bearcats advance to regional semis

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By John Herndon

CARROLLTON – Monday was a good day for Anderson County softball and baseball as the Lady Bearcats and Bearcats advanced to the semifinals of the Eighth Region tournaments, being held at Carroll County High School.

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The Lady Bearcats overcame a slow start to rout South Oldham, 10-2, in the first round of the softball tournament. With South Oldham leading 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Hannah Searcy belted a grand slam that got the Bearcats rolling.

Courtney Turpin added another home run and turned in a stellar pitching performance, striking out 14 batters.

A few hours later, the Bearcat baseball team outlasted Simon Kenton in an 11-10 slugfest. The Bearcats blew a 7-1 lead but rallied to win after falling behind 10-9. Landon Case's 2-out, 2-run single in the top of the fifth turned out to be the difference.

Junior Michael Harley pitched 3.2 shutout innings in relief to get the win.

The Anderson teams return to action in the regional semifinals on Wednesday night at Carroll County. The Lady Bearcats, now 22-10, move on to play Grant County (24-12) in the upper bracket semifinal at 6 p.m.. Shelby County and Walton-Verona will play in the lower bracket semi-final.

The Bearcats (19-12) will take on Oldham County (21-11) in the lower bracket semifinal. First pitch is set for 8 p.m. Shelby County and North Oldham will face off in the first game.

Tickets are $5 each and are good for all games.

Directions to Carroll County High School

To get to Carroll County High School from Lawrenceburg, get on I-64 at Graefenburg, then go to the first Shelbyville exit (Exit 35). Turn right off the exit onto Highway 53.  At the McDonald's cross over U.S. 60 onto Boone Station Road, which is Highway 55.  Take Highway 55 through Eminence, until it merges with 421 North near Henry County High School. Stay on 421 through Campbellsburg and get on I-71 North (toward Cincinnati). Stay on 71 to exit 44 and turn right on Highway 227. Stay on 227 approximately three miles and the school will be on the right.

Allow approximately 90 minutes driving time.