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Thu, Mar 30, 2017 03:47 AM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Lady Eagles win opener
Drop Lady Rebels to 2-1
by Tim Pelphrey

PAINTSVILLE ó Johnson Central pitcher Brianne Daniels recorded her second win of the season with a 9-8 win over the Allen Central Lady Rebels in a game Friday night that matched up two of the 15th Regionís top teams at the Johnson Central softball field.

Daniels, who has been a dominant force from the mound since her seventh-grade year, gave up eight runs ó three of them earned runs ó and struck out nine in the win. Allen Centralís Tiffany Turner gave up nine runs in six innings, struck out six and allowed only two hits in the loss, but she walked 11 and hit two batters.

The Lady Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after Daniels hit an RBI double to knock in third baseman Maggie Callis, then scored on a bases-loaded walk to Rachel Pigg.

The Lady Rebels answered with two runs of their own in the top half of the third inning when Turner and battery mate Terri Mullins both reached and scored on errors to tie the game at 2-2.

Johnson Central put three more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning with Callis, Daniels and Holly Meek all picking up an RBI to take a 5-2 lead. Allen Central came right back at the Lady Eagles in the fifth with four runs of their own when Turner, Mullins, Kristi Howard and Tabitha Caudill all came around to score, giving the Lady Rebels the 6-5 lead. Then Allen Central added two more runs in the sixth to boast an 8-5 lead heading into the bottom half of the inning.

Johnson Central answered with a four-run sixth inning to regain the lead and seal the 9-8 victory for their first win of the season.

With the win, the Lady Eagles get out to a 2-0 start while the loss was the first for the Lady Rebs this season, dropping their record to 2-1. The Lady Rebs are scheduled to host district rival South Floyd in their next outing on April 17 while Johnson Central travels to East Ridge April 15.




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