Pikeville advances to final four in Owensboro

Jack C. Fisher Park – the place every Kentucky high school softball team wants to be at by the end of the year.

A little more than a month away from the KHSAA state tournament, several teams are vying for a crack to get to JCP.

Having just returned from the All ‘A’ State Tournament at JCP in Owensboro, I know this: the WYMT sports department cannot wait to get back there May 31.

I had the opportunity to cover the All ‘A’ this weekend.

The three coverage-area teams I covered was the Middlesboro Lady Yellow Jackets (Region 13 champs), Jenkins Lady Cavaliers (Region 14 champs) and the Pikeville Lady Panthers (Region 15 champs).

Jenkins and Middlesboro were eliminated in pool play, but the story of the week was the young Pikeville Lady Panthers.

Excluding one senior (Stacie Gooch) and two juniors, Pikeville is made up of all eighth and ninth graders.

But despite the youth, Pikeville made it out of pool play, advancing to the single elimination round (the final eight) and then defeated Walton-Verona 4-3.

The Lady Panthers eventually lost in the next round 18-1 in five innings to Livingston Central (Region 2 champs), the team that would eventually win the state title.

Whether Pikeville won or not, it’s the unpredictable that makes traveling and covering a lot of fun as reporters here at WYMT, and the Lady Panthers provided an entertaining, unthinkable ride. 

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