Lady Jaguars make progress in second season

Shortstop Katie Moore swings at a pitch. Moore is set to return for the Floyd Central softball team in 2020.

EASTERN — Floyd Central was a second half team during the 2019 high school softball season. Under the direction of first-year head coach Michelle Martin, who replaced Kevin Spurlock at the helm of the program, Floyd Central won nine of its last 12 games to finish with a 12-18 overall record.

The Lady Jaguars finished runner-up in the 58th District. Floyd Central’s latest campaign included its first trip to the 15th Region Softball Tournament.

Upstart Floyd Central compiled an 12-21 record in its debut season in 2018.

Floyd Central managed to recover from a rocky start in its latest campaign. The Lady Jaguars opened the 2019 high school softball season 0-12 after dropping games to Hazard, Perry County Central, Morgan County, Knott Central, East Ridge, Jackson City, Belfry, Lawrence County and Sheldon Clark.

But Floyd Central eventually got going.

Floyd Central swept county rival Betsy Layne and Prestonsburg in a pair of 58th District two-game series during the 2019 regular-season. The Lady Jaguars beat Betsy Layne in the opening round of the 58th District Softball Tournament prior to finishing runner-up to reigning champion Lawrence County.

Johnson Central ended Floyd Central’s 2019 season in the opening round of the 15th Region Softball Tournament, shutting out the Lady Jaguars 10-0 in five innings.

One of the area’s top high school softball programs, Johnson Central defeated Pike County Central 9-1 in the 15th Region Softball Tournament title game at Floyd Central High School on Wednesday.

Floyd Central’s second softball season included additional wins over Buckhorn, Magoffin County, Jenkins, Cordia and Sheldon Clark. The Lady Jaguars managed to outscore opponents 232-198 during the 2019 season. 

Several players emerged as leaders for the Floyd Central softball program during its second campaign. Floyd Central is due to welcome back most of its players for the 2020 season.

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