OWENSBORO - Hailee Lampley might have had the best view from her catcher's position of Livingston Central's dominance in its three pool-play games Saturday at the All A Classic State Tournament at Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro.
The Lady Cardinals won all three games in Pool B by shutouts in blanking Trinity 13-0 in four innings, Newport Catholic 10-0 in five innings and Burgin 15-0 in three innings.
"We just came out and we knew we had to be dominant," Lampley, a senior, said. "If we play at the top of our game we can always be dominant and we help ourselves out by thinking that way."
Needless to say, Lampley enjoyed catching the two no-hit victories for senior Caitlin Merritt over Trinity and Newport Catholic. Freshman Danielle Doyle allowed just one hit in the win over Burgin.
"It was a lot of fun," she said. "You're definitely into the game for every pitch and really rooting for your pitchers to do well."
As the Pool B winner, Livingston Central (20-6), ranked 17th in the latest Kentucky Softball Coaches Association weekly poll and the Second Region representative, will now move on to today's championship single-elimination bracket, where it will play the First Region's Ballard Memorial, the second-place team from Pool D, at 7:30 a.m.
With two wins today, the Lady Cardinals would play in the All A Classic Tournament championship game at 11:30 a.m. today.
"We're going to take it one game at a time," Livingston Central coach Stan Head said. "We know every game will be tough and we've got to be prepared and be ready. Since they moved the start times up an hour, we've got to get to bed early tonight. We're here for one mission and one reason and that's to win a state championship."
In the 13-0 win over Trinity, the Lady Cardinals scored six runs each in the top of the first and second innings and added one more in the top of the fourth.
Merritt, who started the game off with a solo home run, threw a no-hitter and struck out two in shutting down the Lady Raiders.
Game two's 10-0 victory over Newport Catholic saw Livingston Central put on two runs in bottom of the first, six in the bottom of the third and tack on two more in the bottom of the fourth.
Merritt recorded eight strikeouts and faced one over the minimum.
Livingston Central jumped out to a 10-0 lead after the top of the first in the 15-0 shutout of Burgin in its third game. The Lady Cardinals added three in the top of the second and two more in the top of the third to seal the victory.
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Game 1, Pool B:
Livingston Central 13, Trinity 0
Livingston Central 660 1 13 8 1
Trinity 000 0 0 0 4
LC: Merritt and Lampley; T - Howard and Hamilton
WP: Merritt. LP: Howard
2B: LC - Leidecker, Tiffany Padon, Tabby Padon (2). 3B: none. HR: LC - Merritt, Wright. Top hitters: LC - Merritt 1-2, RBI, run; Leidecker 1-3, RBI, run; Wright 1-3, 3 RBI, run; Tabby Padon 2-2, 4 RBI.
Game 2, Pool B:
Livingston Central 10, Newport Catholic 0
Newport Catholic 000 00 0 0 9
Livingston Central 206 2x 10 10 1
NC: Meyers and Schrieber; LC: Merritt and Lampley.
WP: Merritt. LP: Meyers
2B: LC - Merritt, Lampley. 3B: Lampley. HR: none. Top hitters: LC - Merritt 2-3, RBI, run; Lampley 2-3, 2 RBI, run; Tiffany Padon 1-3, 2 RBI, run; Dean 1-2, 3 RBI, run.
Game 3, Pool B:
Livingston Central 15, Burgin 0
Burgin 000 0 1 12
Livingston Central (10)32 15 8 E
B: Adams and Frederich; LC: Doyle and Dalton .
WP: Doyle. LP: Adams
2B: LC - Lampley, Head. 3B: none. HR: none. Top hitters: Smith 2-2, Durard 2-2.
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