Garrard girls are golden

Garrard County claimed its first 12th Region softball championship with a 16-4 win over Pulaski County on Friday night.

The Lady Lions, who lost in the regional final last year, broke Friday’s game open with a 10-run sixth inning to advance to the state tournament June 6-7 in Owensboro.

They’ll face a tall order in their first-round game when they play No. 4 Ryle, led by pitcher Kirsten Allen, an Oklahoma signee who has set state records for career victories and no-hitters.

Ryle hasn’t allowed a run in four postseason games, and the Raiders have given up only two runs in their last 20 games.

The game will be played at 11:45 a.m. June 6 at Jack C. Fisher Park, where four fields are used for the 30-game, double-elimination tournament. Win or lose, 21st-ranked Garrard will play its second game at 2:45 p.m. against No. 5 Ballard or Pleasure Ridge Park.

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