Franklin-Simpson opened this years Regional tournament against a Barren County team that is ranked as one of the highest scoring teams in the State. The Tournament was played at the Western Kentucky softball complex. Lady Cat Madison Davis, who was named as a first team pitcher on the all season, all region team, validated that selection by shutting down the Trojanettes, allowing just five hits, striking out eight, leading the team to a 7-3 win. That win matched them against a powerful Warren-East team that breezed through their game against Russell County with a three inning run-rule 18-0 win. It also would set up a pitcher's duel between Davis and Lady Raider Katie Gardner, the other first team, Region four all season pitcher. Warren East, who would go on to win the the Tournament, prevailed, but the Lady Cats put up a valiant fight to the finish, falling by a 3-0 score. Lady Cat Kaeleigh Tuck also received regional all season team honors. The 4th Region All-Tournament Team included three Franklin-Simpson players Davis, Danielle Coats and Maddie Utley.


Barren County scored first, putting up two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Lady Cats answered back in the second with two of their own. Danielle Coats walked. Maddie Utley drilled a two-out single to center with Coats stopping at second. Destiny Lowhorn followed with a single to right, scoring Coats. Kaysten Thomas joined in with a double up the right field line, sending Utley home, tieing the game at 2-2. It remained that way until the top of the fifth when the Cats would strike again. With one out, Maggie McBrayer reached on an error by the second baseman. Madison Davis ripped a double to right, putting runners on second and third. Kaeleigh Tuck was intentionally walked to load the bases. That strategy backfired when Coats doubled to left, bringing home two more Lady Cats. While pitcher Davis was keeping Barren County at bay, Franklin-Simpson added another three runs in the top of the seventh. McBrayer and Davis opened with singles. Gracie Armemann stepped up and slapped a double to left, scoring MacBrayer. Once again an intentional walk was issued to Tuck and once again the strategy failed when Utley drove in two with a sharp single to center. The Trojanettes added a run in the bottom of the inning but it wasn't near enough as Davis shut the door for the win.


Pitchers Madison Davis and Katie Gardner locked horns, keeping the game scoreless until the fourth inning when the Lady Raiders pushed across an unearned run. They added two more unearned runs in the fifth, which would end up being the only runs of the game. Davis finished the game, allowing no earned runs, scattering four hits, while striking out three. Gardner also allowed four hits and struck out eight. Haley Fowler led the Cats with two hits. Davis slammed a double off the centerfield fence in the first inning while Maddie Utley had the only other Lady Cat hit.

Warren East defeated South Warren in the Championship game 6-3 and moved on to the State Tournament. Franklin-Simpson finished the season with a record of 20-18, besting last years record of 17-23.

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