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Today's Sports

  • 'Class Act' did...

    OWENSBORO - Ray Woodyard looked tired Saturday but, like every Anderson County fan, he did not want the Lady Bearcats' run through the state softball tournament to end when it did.

    Members of the Anderson fan contingent shared lawn chairs, sunscreen - thank you, Julie Black - and snapped pictures for each other at the Jack Fisher Softball Complex on the west side of Owensboro. They sat through strong winds that whipped up the dust and caused occasional stoppages in play.

    Like Woodyard, most Anderson fans looked tired.

  • Making the league their own

    OWENSBORO - Jimmy Dugan was wrong.

    No matter what the Tom Hanks character believed, there really is crying in baseball. Anderson County showed it Saturday.

    The tears were subdued, but the red eyes were there after the Lady Bearcats advanced deep in the state tournament Friday and Saturday before dropping a heart-breaker to Ryle, the 2006 state champion, in the consolation bracket semi-final.

    The game was really softball, baseball's close first cousin, but Dugan was wrong nonetheless.

  • Ryle ends Lady Bearcat state...

    OWENSBORO – Ryle, from the greater Cincinnati area, scored in the top of the 11th inning to defeat Anderson County 2-1 in the state high school softball tournament Saturday afternoon. The loss ends Anderson's state championship dream.

    Anderson had taken a quick 1-0 lead when leadoff hitter Caitlyn Royalty was hit by a pitch, then stole second and third before scoring on a Ryle error in the first inning.

    Ryle answered with an unearned run in the third, then scored the game winner when Alex Griggs doubled down the left field line, driving in the winning run.

  • PRP explodes to end Bearcat...

    LOUISVILLE -- Host Pleasure Ridge Park scored two runs in the top of the first, padded its lead, then exploded for nine runs in the fifth to defeat Anderson County 15-0 in game two of the Semi-State 4 series. The loss ended a season that saw Anderson roll through the district and regional tournaments for the school's third regional crown.

    Anderson finished at 21-17.

    The game ended because of the "mercy rule" after five innings.

    The Panthers, 35-4 and ranked no. 1 in the state, moves on to Lexington's Applebee's Park for the final rounds of the state tournament.

  • Pleasure Ridge Park ace no-hits...

    LOUISVILLE -- Anderson County found out why Pleasure Ridge Park is the state's top-ranked team and why Zach Cox is ranked as one of the nation's top 100 prospects.

    Cox silenced what had been a group of booming Anderson bats with a no-hitter, then hit a towering home run that put the game out of reach as homestanding PRP defeated Anderson 5-0 in game one of the semi-state series Wednesday night. The series is the first round of the state high school baseball tournament.

  • Celebration punctuates Bearcats...

    More than likely anyone who was awake in Lawrenceburg about 10 o'clock Thursday night heard it. It might have been enough to wake sound sleepers. It wasn't the mysterious noise behind a local car wash.

    It was the overly large, loud and long caravan of family, friends and fans following the police escort for the Anderson County baseball team or more recently the 'Eighth Region Champs!'

  • High-octane first inning fuels...

    BUCKNER - This time, it helped that Shelby County was in the other dugout.

    "Oh yeah," Anderson County senior Miranda Drury said. "Everybody was so pumped."

    Pumped?

    Fuel that would deliver the kind of results the Lady Bearcats had last Thursday would be going for 40 bucks a gallon, or more, on today's market.

  • Sloan finishes sixth at state...

    LOUISVILLE Anderson County high jumper Jordan Sloan finished sixth in the KHSAA Class AAA track meet held Friday and Saturday in Louisville. Sloan jumped 6-2 to become the first Anderson performer to score at the state meet since 2004. Sloan survived a scare when he scratched twice at 6-0 but hit his final jump at that height. He made 6-2 on his first try but missed all three attempts at 6-4. No other Anderson performer finished in the top 8, although sprinter Cody Dixon just missed the cut, finishing ninth in the preliminary heats.

  • Bearcats, Lady Cats achieve...

    Just call them the kings and queens of the diamond.

    The Anderson County baseball and fast-pitch softball teams put exclamation points on their seasons Thursday night when both captured their respective Eighth Region championships. It is the first time in Anderson County history boys' and girls' teams from the same or corresponding sports have won regional titles in the same season.

    The Lady Bearcats fast-pitch softball team rode a big first inning to a 4-0 win over archrival Shelby County for its first state tournament trip since 2002.

  • Bearcats, Lady Bearcats advance...

    The Anderson County baseball and softball teams advanced to their respective Eighth Region championship games with wins Wednesday night.

    Softball

    Anderson County 4, Oldham County 3 (14 innings)

    Miranda Drury ripped a single to left, scoring Courtney Turpin and giving Anderson County a 4-3 semi-final win over host Oldham County in a 14-inning thriller at the Eighth Region tournament Wednesday night.

    “The pitch was inside and I was able to hit it,” said Drury, who had gone hitless in five previous at-bats against Oldham star Michelle Dresselhaus.