EASTERN — It took Johnson Central’s offense a while to get going, but it didn’t matter because Lady Golden Eagle pitcher Chloe VanHoose was dominant.
Once the Lady Golden Eagle offense got going, Johnson Central cruised to a 10-0 win over Floyd Central in the opening round of the 15th Region Tournament.
With the win, Johnson Central advanced to the 15th Region semifinals to take on Pikeville. Pikeville and Johnson Central have met in the 15th Region championship the past two seasons.
The Lady Golden Eagles only had one hit in the first two innings of play against Floyd Central, but everything changed in the bottom of the third.
In the bottom of the third, Claire Gamble got things going with a bunt single. Alaina Castle followed with an RBI double to score the game’s first run. With two outs, Alyssa Hedrick hit a grounder to short, but she beat the throw to first for an infield RBI single. Abby Fannin followed with an RBI single.
The Lady Golden Eagles held a 3-0 lead after three innings of play.
Johnson Central kept things going in the bottom of the fourth inning. Katelyn Fitch led off the inning with a double for the Lady Golden Eagles. With two outs, Gamble hit an RBI single. Castle followed with an RBI single of her own. VanHoose was hit-by-a-pitch. Hedrick followed with a two RBI double to push the lead to 7-0. Fannin reached base on an error allowing the fifth run of the inning to score.
Johnson Central added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth.
What did VanHoose do on the mound for the Lady Golden Eagles?
She just threw a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts.
VanHoose was dominant on the mound shutting down Floyd Central.
Floyd Central finished the season with a 12-18 record.
Johnson Central (22-15) is scheduled to face Pikeville (26-11) in the 15th Region semifinals Tuesday evening at Floyd Central. The game ended too late to be included in this edition of the Paintsville Herald. For complete coverage see the Weekend Edition of the Paintsville Herald.
The winner of the Pikeville vs. Johnson Central game will take on the winner of the Pike Central vs. Shelby Valley game in the 15th Region championship Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Floyd Central.