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14th Region Softball winner: Letcher Co. Central

By: MacKenzie Bates
By: MacKenzie Bates

The team representing the 14th region in the softball state tournament is the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars, who say their offense has what it takes to bring home a state championship.

If you ask The Letcher County Central Cougars softball team, they are not surprised they won the 14th Region Softball Tournament.

They throw out words like, underestimated and overlooked.

But when this team rolled through the Region, the feeling of accomplishment set in.

“It's very exciting,” Sr. Third-Baseman Micca Boggs says. “It really hasn't hit me yet that we actually won the 14th region and we're going to state. I do believe we could've done it all four years I’ve been in high school but this year it's so much better that we're doing it.”

“It gave them a lot of confidence,” Manager George Adams says. “And just played really well, had a lot of timely hits played defense, did the things that we thought we should be able to do and so proud of how they turned things around.”

The Cougars say they have one advantage over all of the other teams converging in Owensboro later this week that will help bring a state title to Letcher County.

Hitting, hitting, hitting.

“It really is,” Lady Cougar Outfielder, Kristen Phipps says. “There for a while I guess we've been in a slump but we've came back and honestly we lay on it every night. We kill the ball.”

“We have to work together and play our best,” Lady Cougar Jr. Amelia Shepherd says. “If we play our best, we can beat anybody”

The pitching will rely on the arm of eighth Grader and 14th Region Tournament MVP, Makaley Johnson.

Though she is young, she pitches like a veteran and will need to play like one to keep her team in it.

“If girls start hitting off me, just not let it get to me and stay calm through the whole thing, Johnson says.

The Cougars have a tough first round game Thursday against top ranked Ballard out of Region 7.

But the Cougars like the underdog role and will look to shock the state, one more time.


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