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Bombers, Tigers claim Classic softball wins

By James D. Horne jhorne@paducahsun.com

BARDWELL - Weather is one thing that can wreak havoc to a planned softball tournament and ironically enough so can prom.

But thanks to its 9-6 comeback win over Hickman County in a First Region All A Softball Classic Tournament semifinal game at Carlisle County, Ballard Memorial softball players can dutifully plan for prom and still keep their hopes for a championship alive.

Murray topped Mayfield 18-3 in three innings to win the second quarterfinal game Wednesday night.

Both Ballard Memorial and Hickman County have prom on Saturday and wouldn't have been able to play in the scheduled semifinals on Saturday against host Carlisle County.

But because of the Lady Bombers' win, they will now face the Lady Comets in a semifinal game at 6 tonight at Carlisle County.

"We're glad we got to play tonight, because it solved a lot of problems," Ballard Memorial coach Terry Amis said. "We played Carlisle County in a tournament at Crittenden County, but it was one of those games that I know it wasn't their best. So we know it's going to be a good game tomorrow night and we're looking forward to it."

Ballard Memorial beat Carlisle County 10-4 in the Crittenden County Round Robin on April 5.

The second All A semifinal between St. Mary and Murray is still scheduled to be played at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

But here's where the weather, which canceled the first day of the tournament, rears its ugly head.

Because of the prom, if Ballard Memorial wins tonight's semifinal game the championship game wouldn't be played until Monday at 7 p.m. at Carlisle County.

But if the Lady Comets win, the championship game would be played Saturday after the St. Mary-Murray semifinal game.

Ballard Memorial 9, Hickman County 6 - Ballard Memorial scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Hickman County 9-6.

Hickman County (3-5) jumped out to a 6-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the third and one more in the bottom of the second.

But Ballard Memorial (4-10), which has won four in a row after losing its first 10 games, roared back with three runs in the top of the sixth and added six more in the top of the seventh to win it.

With two outs on the board, Shelby Amis' single scored Taylor Foster from second and gave the Lady Bombers a 7-6 lead. Amis and Shelby Hawes then made it 9-6 when they crossed the plate from second and third, respectively, because of a throwing error.

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Ballard Memorial 000 003 6 9 12 1

Hickman County 005 100 0 6 8 2

BM: Rebekah Hogankamp and Jayde Newtomn; HC: Sarah Harpole and Kayla Boaz

WP: Hogankamp. LP: Harpole

2B: BM - Foster, Amis. HC - Jackson  3B: BM - Foster. HC - HR: none. Top hitters: BM-  Shelley 2-3, RBI; Foster 3-4, 4 RBI; Amis 2-4, 2 RBI; Fields 1-4, 2 RBI, Babb 2-3. HC - Woodard 3-4, 2 RBI; Collier 1-3, RBI; Harpole 1-3, 2 RBI; Jackson 1-3, RBI.

Murray 18, Mayfield 3 - Murray took a 6-2 lead after the first inning and cruised to an 18-3 win in three innings over Mayfield.

The Lady Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the first and added another in the top of the third.

The Lady Tigers added six more runs in the bottom of the second and third to seal the three-inning win.

Shelby Moss' single that plated Bayleigh Blane from third in the bottom of the third proved to be the game winner.

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Mayfield 201 3  4 4

Murray 666 18 11 2

Mur: Prestley Blane and Moss; May: Kristin Wimsatt and Victoria Doughty

WP: Blane. LP: Wimsatt

2B: Mur - Moss, Turley, Carver (3) 3B: Mur - B. Blane, S. Grogan. HR: none. Top hitters: May - Wimsatt 2-2, Doughty 1-1, RBI. Mur - B. Blane 2-4, 4 RBI; Todd 2-2, 2 RBI; Carver 3-3, 6 RBI; S. Grogan 1-3, 2 RBI.

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661 or follow on Twitter @psunsports.

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