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STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Johnson Central wins second tourney game in school history

Photo Credit/Golden Eagle Broadcasting

Johnson Central’s long drought in the girls’ state softball tournament ended with a gut-wrenching 3-1 victory over Fort Thomas Highlands at John Cropp Field on Thursday.

it was the first win since beating North Laurel in 2015.

The Lady Eagles, now 28-9, move to the Elite 8 and a matchup with Rowan County at 2 pm on Saturday.

Winning pitcher Maddie Vaughn pitched out of early jams and was aided by solid defense. She allowed just one hit while walking two and striking out four.

Johnson Central snapped a scoreless game, scoring twice in the bottom of the second inning. Sophie Younce doubled home courtesy runner Lacey Smith. Keylee Blair scored on a double play.

It remained a two-run game until the home fifth when Mayson Delong scored on a bases-loaded walk.

Keylee Blair had two hits, walked, scored, and added an RBI. Randi Delong doubled and singled.

Highlands only run came on an RBI groundout in the sixth.

At Lexington

(State Softball Tournament)


HL (27-9)…000   001  0 – 1-1-0

JC (28-9)….020   001  x – 3-5-1


WP – Maddie Vaughn 

LP – Kaitlyn Dixon

Hitting: Keylee Blair 2-1b, bb, 1r, 1 RBI; Sophie Younce 2b, 1 RBI; Randi Delong 2b, 1b; Carrigan Ratliff 1 RBI; Mayson Delong bb, 1r, Johnson Central.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Kentucky football schedule 2023: Opponents, kickoff times, TV channels and streaming

  • Sept. 2: vs. Ball State, Noon, SEC Network
  • Sept. 9: vs. Eastern Kentucky, 3 p.m., ESPN+/SEC Network+
  • Sept. 16: vs. Akron, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
  • Sept. 23: at Vanderbilt
  • Sept. 30: vs. Florida
  • Oct. 7: at Georgia
  • Oct. 14: vs. Missouri
  • Oct. 28: vs. Tennessee
  • Nov. 4: at Mississippi State
  • Nov. 11: vs. Alabama
  • Nov. 18: at South Carolina
  • Nov. 25: at Louisville

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