--#1 Greenwood started their season with a bang, romping lowly Logan County 14-1. It was Rachel Riley pitching for the Gators instead of Brittany York, the UL signee and the probable Miss Softball frontrunner. There aren't many teams who can throw two all-state candidates out there like Greenwood. The Bowling Green Daily News even goes this far...
While York is the Lady Gators’ ace, the team’s No. 2 pitcher – sophomore Rachel Riley – is arguably the second-best pitcher in the Fourth Region.
I know a few Allen County-Scottsville Patriots who would certainly argue with that statement.
--We have an official sleeper in the 1st region. St. Mary defeated 2004 state champion Calloway County (also ranked #23 in the preseason poll) by a score of 10-2. Can St. Mary challenge Reidland in the 1st region? I think so...
--Also, Shelby County got off to a good start with an 8-1 win over Eminence. The Rockets will benefit from Scott County's move to the 11th region and should be the favorite to win the 8th region.
--Offense was supposed to be a concern for the Allen County-Scottsville Patriots, but the 4th region champs opened with a bang yesterday by destroying new 4th region foe Russell County 16-0 in only four innings. The Patriots boast arguably the most impressive pitching staff in the state, led by senior Jamie Ogles. If ACS can consistently hit the ball, they will give Greenwood all they want and then some in the 4th region.
--New faces in new places: both South Laurel and North Laurel moved to the 13th region, but the two seem to have not forgotten their competitive ways. In the Battle of London, North beat South yesterday 3-2. It would be silly to think that the 13th regional tournament wouldn't come down to these two in the end.
--Welcome to the 3rd region, Meade County. Grayson County gave the new 3rd region team a good ol' country arse-whoopin', shelling them 12-1. It was a bit surprising to see Grayson County win this impressively after losing so much talent, but this win validates their place among the state's elite. Could this be the year that the Cougars take down Catholic?
--Greenwood wasn't impressive, but the Gators defeated Edmonson County by a score of 3-0. Edmonson County was a force in the 4th region last season (they beat ACS 1-0 early on), but a move to Grayson County's district and region eliminates their progress in the 4th. However, if Meade County can't challenge Grayson and Catholic, can Edmonson throw a wrench into things? I doubt it.
More scores and updates as they come in. Check out KHSAA for up-to-date scores.