Boyle debuts in state softball tourney
It’s game day for Boyle County at the state softball tournamentin Owensboro, where the Lady Rebels will make their debut in a 6 p.m. first-round game against Oldham County at Jack C. Fisher Park.
Boyle becomes only the second Advocate-area team to play in a state softball tourney — either fast-pitch or slow-pitch — joining 2008 and ’09 12th Region champion Garrard County. The Lady Rebels are one of only six unranked teams in the 16-team field, and while they lack the experience that almost always helps in a state tournament, they do have the talent and pitching to make you think their stay in the double-elimination tournament could last longer than two games.
Boyle and Oldham, which ended the season ranked 22nd, have already crossed paths this season. Oldham won a March 31 meeting in a tournament at Ballard 4-0. The two teams’ scoring are similar: Boyle scores an average of 5.44 runs and allows 1.98 runs per game; Oldham scores 6.05 and allows 2.23.
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If you’re going to Owensboro, plan on a three-hour drive via U.S. 150 and the Bluegrass, Western Kentucky and William H. Natcher parkways.
Tickets are $5 today, when each team plays only once, and $10 Friday and Saturday, and you’ll get an armband each day that lets you come and go as you please. Armbands good for all three days are $15. There is no reserved seating, and fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs but must leave coolers and drinks in their vehicles.
If you’re following the Lady Rebels from afar, there is no local radio coverage, and live video coverage from iHigh.com won’t be available until Saturday’s final rounds.
The KHSAA will provide live pitch-by-pitch stats of each game. Find the links on this KHSAA web page — Boyle’s first game is Game 2 — as well as links to postgame box scores and rosters and pre-tournament stats for each team.