Lady Aces beat Daviess County
Posted: Thursday, April 18,
2013 12:00 am
BY THE MESSENGER-INQUIRER SNbSer
No. 3 Owensboro Catholic stopped Daviess County 7-1 in 9th
District softball on Wednesday night.
Kendyl Bahnick and Haley James were each 2-for-4 for
Lauren Johnson was 3-for-4 for Daviess County (5-9).
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DAVIESS COUNTY 000 010 0 _ 1 6 3
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Aces blank OHS, 7-0
Posted: Tuesday, April 16,
2013 12:00 am
By Jim Pickens Messenger-Inquirer
Owensboro's rough first inning opened the flood gates for
The Lady Devils' three errors coupled with five base hits
led to three early runs for the Lady Aces, who went on to
post a 7-0 conquest of visiting OHS on Monday night at
"Our speed puts pressure on the opposition," OCHS head coach
George Randolph said. "They made a few mistakes and we were
able to take advantage of that.
"I was pleased with the way we came out ready to play, after
playing five games over the weekend (at the Play It Again
Classic in Clarksville, Tenn.) — it was important for us to
get off to a good start."
Lillie Goetz, Brittany Murphy and Liza Brown produced
run-scoring singles in the bottom of the first for Catholic,
which also got a double from Hayley Frey and a bunt single
from Haley James.
"The first inning really hurt us, obviously," Owensboro head
coach Steve Strong said. "You just can't afford to make that
many mistakes in the first inning.
"After that, though, I thought we settled in and played
pretty well. We're still a young team, but we're slowly
maturing. These girls never give up."
Catholic (13-5, 3-0 9th District) increased its advantage to
4-0 in the second on another RBI single from Goetz.
It remained that way until the fifth, when the Lady Aces
broke the game open with three runs. Brittany Murphy
uncorked a towering two-run homer over the left field fence
and Jenna Ruth rapped an RBI single.
"That was a bomb," Randolph said of Murphy's third homer of
the season. "One thing about our team this year is that we
can score runs in multiple ways. We have slappers and a lot
of left-handed hitters on the roster, but we also have some
legitimate power in our lineup."
The offensive outburst was more than enough for right-hander
Jessica Carmon, who went the distance in shutting out the
Lady Devils on five hits.
"Jessica pitched well," Randolph said. "She's been snapping
and spinning the ball well, and her change-up is coming
around, which is a big key for her.
"She continues to work very hard on her pitching, and the
hard work is paying off for her."
Murphy paced Catholic's 10-hit attack, going 2-for-3 with
three RBIs and two runs scored. Haley Frey doubled and
singled, and both Goetz and James had a pair of singles.
Freshman second baseman Madeline Flaherty led Owensboro
(6-6, 0-4) with a triple and two singles in three at-bats.
OHS is at Whitesville Trinity on Tuesday, and Owensboro
Catholic visits district rival Daviess County on Wednesday.
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Goetz lead local power surges
Posted: Friday, April 12,
2013 12:00 am
There seems to be a bit of a power surge going on at
Owensboro High School and Owensboro Catholic.
A power hitting surge.
Catholic's No. 3 softball team has understood hitting the
ball to the gaps, and over the fence, as this season has
The Lady Aces' average rose from .290 to .320 from before
spring break to now. They have hit 20 doubles, eight triples
and three home runs. The doubles number is on pace for
Catholic's usual season average of 50 to 60.
"We knew the more live pitching we saw the better we would
be able to swing the bats," Catholic coach George Randolph
said. "There are 11 or 12 girls we feel comfortable putting
at the plate any time. We pinch hit two eighth graders the
other day. Across the board, they realize if they produce
they'll get an opportunity to play.
Lillie Goetz is batting .500 to lead Catholic. Goetz has 13
RBIs and Kendyl Bahnick has 11. Brittany Murphy has hit a
two-run home run.
Goetz, a sophomore shortstop, hit for the cycle in
Catholic's 9-3 win over Owensboro on Tuesday.
"She is compact, stays short to the ball, and she is
powerful," Randolph said. "She swims in the offseason and
does all our conditioning, so she is in good shape. She is
always hitting (in the cage), so she is confident when she
goes up there. She is quick and she runs the bases well."
hits for cycle in Lady Aces' win over Owensboro
Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 1:21 am, Wed Apr 10, 2013.
Catholic records 9-3 win at Shifley Park
Lillie Goetz has started hitting with authority.
The sophomore hit for the cycle to lead Owensboro Catholic
to a 9-3 win over Owensboro on Tuesday at Shifley Park.
Goetz cranked a two-run home run in the first inning after
Olivia Foster singled to lead off No. 3 Catholic's first
turn at the plate. Goetz hit the first of two doubles in the
second inning, the second coming from Kandyl Bahnick which
Goetz grounded out in the fourth, but came back with a
triple to right field in the sixth and she scored on Lindsey
Barr's single. Goetz hit a single in the seventh inning to
complete her hitting cycle.
"We're finally starting to string some stuff together that
we hadn't been doing before," Catholic coach George Randolph
said. "Lillie Goetz has been swinging the bat well. She has
two home runs now. She hit one at the Bob Jones Invitational
(in Alabama), had two doubles and a 3-run homer. She was one
of our top returning hitters."
Lindsey Barr got four at-bats and had two singles and a
sacrifice fly to finish with two RBIs. Bahnick also finished
with two RBIs.
Catholic (8-4) pounded out 16 hits.
"We got contributions from a lot of kids," Randolph said.
"We're swinging the bats well enough to score enough runs
and put pressure on people. This was a good win for us."
Owensboro answered Catholic's first-inning shot with one of
its own. The Lady Devils' Erica Curtis cranked a 2-run homer
with Madeline Flaherty on to tie the game 2-2.
The Lady Devils, who went 4-1 on their Florida trip during
spring break, left the bases loaded in the fifth inning or
they could've applied more pressure to Catholic.
OHS (6-4) was dealing with a tough 7-6 loss in eight innings
to Daviess County on Monday.
"We didn't have as much intensity," OHS coach Steve Strong
said. "We still didn't give up. We're doing great things. We
came back from five runs down in a game in Florida."
Flaherty hit three singles and collected an RBI for the Lady
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OWENSBORO 200 000 1 _ 3 8 0
WP-Murphy. LP-Strong. 2B-Goetz, Bahnick (C). Tutt (O).
3B-Goetz (C). HR-Goetz (C). Curtis (O).
Posted: Thursday, March 28,
2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:32 am, Thu Mar 28, 2013
Daviess County had the No. 2 softball team in the state of
Kentucky on its heels for half of a game on Wednesday night.
But Owensboro Catholic's bats final awoke in the bottom of
the fourth inning and the Lady Aces proved why they're
ranked so high and earned a 10-6 home win over the Lady
Catholic busted open for six runs in the fourth inning
thanks to five hits and two Daviess County errors.
That gave the Lady Aces an 8-6 lead and they only added to
it from there.
"I was proud of the girls. We've got a veteran team," Lady
Aces coach George Randolph said. "They never panicked when
we were down 6-2. Brittany (Murphy) struggled on the mound a
little bit, but she's pitched really well up to this point.
I hope we would hit, and we did. We were hitting some balls
early, but we were hitting them right at them. They were
hitting them where we weren't."
While Murphy struggled on the mound — she went 31⁄3 innings
giving up nine hits and five earned runs — she made up for
it in a big way at the plate.
She finished with thre runs batted in, but it was her
two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning that
Randolph said was the catalyst to Catholic's comeback.
"I think that got us a little more relaxed at the plate and
we made some adjustments on what (Daviess County starter
Lexie Mullen) was doing," he said. "It turned out for the
better for us."
Daviess County (2-4) scored four runs in the second inning
off of back-to-back doubles by Caitlyn Lawson and Mullen,
followed by an RBI-bloop single by Madeline Bishop and a
triple from Madeline Bowlds that scored two runs.
Even after Murphy's home run, DC answered with a run when
Lawson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The rally
was quickly thwarted, though, when Mullen lined into a
double play to shortstop Lillie Goetz, leaving the bases
The Lady Panthers left seven runners on base and commited
Meanwhile, Catholic (5-1) added two more runs in the fifth
Goetz was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Catholic in hits,
while Rachel Thompson was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and
two runs scored. Olivia Foster was also 2-for-4 with two
RBIs and a run scored. Jessica Carmon earned the win in
Bowlds led DC, going 3-for-4 with a triple, a double, two
RBIs and a run scored.
"I was so proud of our kids," DC coach John Biggs said.
"We've lost three in a row and haven't been hitting the ball
well or putting up a lot of runs. To come over here and
score four runs early was a big plus. I knew our kids could
do it because as a team we're batting .300. We just hadn't
put it together at the right time.
"That was a good confidence builder. But Catholic's a good
hitting team and you knew they were going to come back. Even
the plays that we made in the field, they hit some balls
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Catholic pulls away from Purples
Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:00
No. 2 Owensboro
Catholic used a three-run first inning and an
eight-strikeout performance from starter Jessica Carmon to
defeat No. 10 Bowling Green, 7-4, in a high school softball
game Wednesday in Bowling Green.
The Lady Aces (1-0) got two more runs in the seventh off an
RBI double by Lindsey Barr and a RBI triple by Haley James
to seal the win.
Carmon went the distance for Catholic, allowing four hits
and four earned runs to earn the win.
Haley Frey went 3-for-4 at the plate for Catholic. Tori
Dillard led Bowling Green (2-2) at the plate, going 2-4.
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