OWENSBORO - Ballard Memorial knew it was going to have a tough time against Livingston Central. Unfortunately the Lady Bombers did, suffering an 11-0 loss in six innings in a quarterfinal game at the All A Classic Softball State Tournament held Sunday at Jack C. Fisher Park.
Ballard Memorial (8-13) finished second in Pool D on Saturday to set up Sunday's game in the single-elimination championship bracket.
Livingston Central, which went on to win the tournament with its 10-0 victory over Louisville Holy Cross, hit five home runs and saw pitcher Tiffany Padon hold Ballard Memorial hitless. The Lady Cardinals scored three runs in the first, one in the second, three in the third and four in the sixth.
"I said when we got up here that (Livingston Central) was my pick to win the whole thing," Ballard Memorial coach Terry Amis said. "They've been here a whole lot. They're senior dominated and they're very good and very well coached."
Since losing its first nine games of the season, Ballard Memorial has won seven of its last 10 and feels its recent play, including going 2-2 in Owensboro, will be instrumental for it in the Third District tournament and possibly to help it to reach the First Region tournament for the first time since 2012.
"When we started the season, we never expected we'd get here," eighth-grade first baseman Leah Shelley said. "I just think being up here and getting the experience we did will help us all mature and grow up to be extraordinary players when we get older."
Shelley was named to the All-Tournament Team.