The hits kept coming for the Greenwood softball team, which remained unbeaten in District 14 play after Thursday's 5-1 win at Warren East.
Greenwood, the top-ranked team in the state, pounded out 14 hits and got solid work on the mound from senior pitcher Brittany Graham to improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in district play. Seven of the nine hitters in the lineup had at least one hit for the Lady Gators, with five batters finishing with multihit games.
"We're in the driver's seat a little bit in the district, so that's good," Greenwood coach Penny Reece said. "I like our lineup all the way down. When you've got people at the bottom that can hit the ball hard, that keeps people on their toes."
The Lady Gators took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Ainsley Crawford and an RBI double from Ally Parsons.
Greenwood got an unearned run in the third inning and capped the scoring with an RBI double from Raley Slone and an RBI single by Aeron Smith in the fourth.
Warren East (4-2, 2-1) loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, but Graham escaped with minimal damage, allowing one run on a ground out.
Graham, who transferred from Warren East to Greenwood after her freshman season, improved to 2-0. The right-hander scattered four hits and struck out three with three walks.
"Whenever I get tired, I try to keep the ball low and let my defense work for me," Graham said. "I have the strongest defense behind me and I trust them completely. It's good competition whenever you face (Warren East). It's fun all around."
On the offensive side, Graham finished with three hits. Angela Adkins also had three hits, while Smith, Slone and Emily Gravette had two hits each.
The Lady Gators had at least one base runner in every inning and stranded eight runners.
"We've played five games now and some of the other teams are playing games nine and 10," Reece said. "We chose not to start early and stuff. As far as the hitting, I always want more. I'm never satisfied and they know that. I think we are capable of getting the big hits when we get them in scoring position. That's something we are going to work on."
Brooklynn Willis had a double for Warren East.
Emily Turner took the loss, allowing four earned runs with one strikeout and no walks.
"I thought Emily did an excellent job, but they did an excellent job at the plate," WE coach Phillip McKinney said. "The new rankings came out today and we're ranked 24th in the state. I don't remember the last time that two ranked teams played at Warren East High School. I told the girls that, no matter what, you are still going to be ranked 24th tomorrow. I told them to enjoy playing in a game like this with this atmosphere because they deserve it and they've earned it. I thought the energy level was good and I'm excited for them to get to play in a game like this."
Warren East returns to action at 4:30 p.m. CDT today when it faces North Bullitt at the Oldham County Spring Break Classic.
Greenwood will begin a four-game swing through Alabama on Monday, when it faces Robertsdale High School at 5 p.m.
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WEHS 000 001 0 - 1 4 2
WP: Graham LP: Turner
Bowling Green 6, South Warren 0
Kathryn Downing threw her second no-hitter of the season, finishing with 12 strikeouts, to lead the Lady Purples past the Lady Spartans.
Bowling Green (6-4, 2-2) was led offensively by Brittany Vaughn, who had three hits. Keely Vincent had two hits, while Downing, Peanut Martin and Makenize Brumit had one hit each.
South Warren (6-4, 1-1) will host Lafayette at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Bowling Green returns to action at 5:30 p.m. CDT on April 8, when it travels to Central Hardin.
SWHS 000 000 0 — 0
BGHS 140 010 X — 6
WP: Downing LP: N/A