MINNIE – South Floyd won its season-opener, edging visiting 15th Region rival Shelby Valley 4-3 in a non-district high school softball game on Thursday.
With the win, South Floyd opened its season 1-0.
Shelby Valley dropped to 0-2 with the loss.
South Floyd pitcher Leighann Hall earned the win.
Shelby Valley hurler Kailey Johnson suffered the loss.
One of the 15th Region’s top female student-athletes, Hall is back on the softball diamond after helping to lead the South Floyd girls’ basketball team earlier in the year.
Defending 58th District softball champion South Floyd. under the direction of head coach Scott Shannon, overcame a rough start. Shelby Valley plated all three of its runs in the top half of the opening inning.
Three of the top four hitters in the Shelby Valley lineup – Krista Hampton, Ashley Causey and Makenzie Hopkins – reached base and eventually scored for the Lady Kats in the first frame.
Shelby Valley, however, found itself limited following the game’s initial at-bat.
After being held scoreless in the first inning, South Floyd pushed across one run in the second. Jesse Tackett, serving as a courtesy run for Hall, crossed home plate for the Lady Raiders’ first run.
South Floyd added another run in the fifth inning to cut Shelby Valley’s advantage down to a one-run lead. Brooke Potter scored South Floyd’s second run.
Finishing strong, South Floyd pushed across two runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning to notch the win.
Potter and Nikki Johnson each scored for the Lady Raiders during the game’s final at-bat.
Brooke Stumbo, Sydney Hall, Brandy Osborne, Cheyann Light, Kailey Shannon and Kamryn Shannon were among the other contributors for South Floyd in the non0duistrict victory.
South Floyd is scheduled to visit 15th Region rival Shelby Valley for a late-season game on May 4.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.