Garrard County has been held over at the State Softball Tournament, extending its stay in Owensboro into the second day of the tourney by going 2-1 on Friday.
The Lady Lions felled one of the state’s softball giants to earn the second of those two, beating perennial power North Laurel 8-0 in their second consolation-round game of the day.
That means Garrard will play at least one more game in this year’s tournament than last year, when it went 1-2. It is one of eight teams remaining in the 16-team field, and one of four in the losers’ bracket.
Life in hard in the losers’ bracket on Saturday, as teams that begin the day having already lost once in the double-elimination tournament must win six straight games to take the title, and with little if any rest between them.
The good news is that No. 22 Garrard begins its day with a 10 a.m. game against Pleasure Ridge Park, the team it defeated last year in Owensboro between losses to Ryle and Anderson County. If the Lady Lions win that game, they’ll play the loser of the Mercy-Allen County-Scottsville quarterfinal.
Sixth-ranked Allen rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Garrard 5-4 in the first round, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game.
They Lady Lions then got 12 hits — the same number they gave up against Allen — to beat Estill County 10-2 in their first consolation-round game, and they allowed only two hits in their win over fourth-ranked North Laurel.
The other teams still alive in the tournament are North Hardin and Owensboro Catholic in the winners’ bracket and Franklin County and Conner in the losers’ bracket. Click here for an updated bracket, and here for Friday’s linescores, and if you haven’t seen it, check out Ben Kleppinger’s story in Thursday’s Advocate about how Garrard’s four seniors weren’t left out of their graduation ceremony even though they were in Owensboro while the festivities were going on tonight in Lancaster.