JACKSON — Perry Central passed another postseason test on Tuesday, defeating Estill County 8-3 in the semifinals of the 14th Region Softball Tournament.
The triumph over Estill County allowed Perry Central to advance to the 14th Region Softball Tournament title game.
Kim Hughes earned the pitching win for the Lady Commodores. Hughes allowed 10 hits and three runs while walking one over seven innings.
Estill County pitcher Emma Winkle notched the pitching loss. Winkle allowed 13 hits and eight runs over six innings, striking out 11 and walking one.
Perry Central (18-14) outhit Estill County 13-10. Jamie Pollard, Crystiana Couch, Katie Dunnigan and Kaitlyn Grigsby each recorded multiple hits for the Lady Commodores. Couch and Pollard paced Perry Central with three hits apiece.
Perry Central excelled at the plate and in the field. The Lady Commodores finished error-free defensively.
Winkle, Taylor Duechle and Mariah Riddle each connected for multiple hits for the Lady Engineers.
Estill County (19-12) committed one error in the season-ending setback.
Perry Central was facing 55th District champion Wolfe County in the 14th Region Softball Tournament title game on Wednesday. Results from the 14th Region softball title game were unavailable at press time.
Perry Central 9,
Knott Central 1
Perry Central continued to roll in the opening round of the 14th Region Softball Tournament, defeating Knott Central 9-1 at Breathitt County High School on Monday.
The victory allowed Perry Central to advance to the 14th Region Softball Tournament Semifinals.
With the win, Perry Central improved to 16-14.
Knott Central dropped to 13-11 with the loss.
Perry Central pitcher Kim Hughes claimed the win in the circle. Hughes pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits and one run while striking out six and walking one.
Knott Central pitcher Kennedi Sandlin suffered the loss. Sandlin surrendered six runs on six hits over one-third of an inning, walking zero.
Perry Central outhit longtime 14th Region rival Knott Central 12-8 in the postseason matchup. Allanah Hurt, Jamie Pollard, Emilee Eversole and Kaitlyn Grigsby led Perry Central at the plate, providing twp hits apiece.
Brooklyn Baker and Adison Maggard each collected multiple hits for Knott Central in the season-ending setback.
Perry Central advanced to meet 56th District champion Estill County in the 14th Region Softball Tournament Semifinals on Tuesday.