Join the Wildcats as they take on the Russellville Panthers at Bowling Green Ballpark, the home of the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Friday, April 1, 2022.
No April Fools! This is for real.
Gates open at 5pm, first pitch at 6pm. Tickets are $7 at the gate for adults and $5 for ages 18 and under.
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Caroline Parsley, a cross-country and track standout at Edmonson County High School, signed with Kentucky Wesleyan College today to further her running career.
Joined by a host of family members, friends, coaches, and teammates, Caroline thanked everyone in attendance today in the ECHS auditorium.
"Since I started running, I can remember each of you, at least once, watching me doubled-over at the end of the finish line, you know, after I gave it my all in the race," she said. "I honestly never thought I'd be running or even competing at a Division II level, or even being a college athlete, but I joined cross-country in the 8th grade and it just took off. It's something I love and I can't wait to see what the next four years hold for me. I'm excited to have all you all with me at Owensboro to cheer me on. I'm just really excited and I'm extremely thankful for each of you and I really appreciate it."
Brad Meredith, head coach for ECHS cross country and track, said the time had flown by since Caroline first expressed interest in running back in middle school.
"I remember when Caroline told me she first wanted to run," he said. "She was in middle school and she was sitting in the bleachers at a morning meeting and she said to me, 'coach, I think I want to run cross-country,' so I gave her a hug and said 'that's the best decision you ever made.'"
Coach Meredith discussed some of her accolades, which include both All-Region, Regional Champion.
"She's done everything you could ask for, for us," he said. "I'm excited for her. This is going to continue her running career to college and I'm excited for whatever career path she chooses, she's going to be successful in whatever she does. She's that type of person."
Caroline will run both cross-country and track for the Panthers.
She is the daughter of Brian and Heather Parsley of Chalybeate.
Cats' Offense Leads The Way In 15-1 Win
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The bats were hot last night at Wildcat Field as Edmonson County took care of their first district game of the season against the Trinity Raiders in a lopsided 15-1 win.
Edmonson County racked up 12 hits against the Raiders after a bit of a slow start from the Wildcats. Trinity put the first run on the board after senior pitcher Gavyn Minyard gave up a couple of hits and walked two. Passed balls allowed base runners to advance and score to take an early lead; however, Minyard eased into a smooth pace and gave up only one more hit and two walks for the remainder of the game. The Wildcat offense, with help from Trinity's six total errors, took care of the rest.
After 8th grader Hunter Wilson walked on the first four pitches from Trinity, junior Daren Alexander singled and moved Wilson to third. The Cats then got on the board when Gavyn Minyard lined a two-run single to center. They would never trail again as Minyard and the Wildcat defense failed to allow any more run production from the Raiders.
Both Alexander and Minyard were 3-4 on the night with Alexander knocking in one and Minyard producing 3 RBIs.
Wilson was 2-3 with 3 RBIs, which included a third-inning bomb to center that put the Cats up 4-1. They went on to score two more in the inning for a 6-1 lead.
Andrew Talley, Cole Bullock, Ian White, and Cam Lich also notched hits for the Wildcats.
Minyard pitched the complete game, (5 inning 10-run rule) giving up only one run on 3 hits and 4 walks while he struck out 8.
The Wildcats have won three games in a row and improve to 3-2 on the season.
Edmonson County takes on Trinity again tonight in Whitesville.
Friday night will be a special game for the Wildcats as they will take on Russellville at the home of the Hot Rods, in Bowling Green Ballpark at 6PM.
Lady Cats Notch First Win Of Season Over Lady Colonels 21-1
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It was an offensive onslaught against the Lady Colonels of Caverna as Edmonson County blasted their way to a 21-1 win in their first victory of the season. The offense was highlighted by three Lady Cat homeruns; two of which were by senior Alexa Henderson, and one from junior Alyssa Doyle, the first of her high school career.
After struggling to create offense during their first three games, which were two losses against Russellville (9-0, 18-1) and one against Bowling Green (6-1), the Lady Cats finally got their bats going last night as they put up a total of 22 hits for the game; 6 of which were for extra bases.
The game also had its share of oddities as the two umpires made multiple confusing calls throughout the contest that included a hit batter for Edmonson County that somehow resulted in a called-third strike, a Caverna baserunner called out on her way to third before the throw actually made it there, and the most confusing of all, when the umpires called the game in the middle of the seventh inning on a 10-run rule as the Lady Cats were batting. Run rules apply in high school softball if there is a 15-run lead after three innings or a 10-run lead after 5 innings; however, if the home team is behind, they have to be allowed to bat again, to finish the inning.
When Edmonson County scored their 12th run to make the score 12-1, the officials called the game and left the field. Both teams were confused and stayed on the field for several minutes. After about a 15-minute break, the officials returned to the field and were overheard telling one player "we were told the wrong rule," and they resumed play for the remainder of the inning. It turned out to be an offensive explosion for the Lady Cats as Doyle started things off with a 2-run homerun to left and Edmonson County went on to score 9 more runs in the inning (13 total). Doyle narrowly missed her second homerun of the inning when the team batted around and she pelted a line drive to center that hit the fence for a double.
Freshman pitcher Julie Norris pitched the complete game, giving up only one run on three hits. She struck out 5 and walked only two.
Henderson paced the Lady Cat offense, going 4-5 with 7 RBIs on two homers, a double, and a single, while Doyle was 3-5 with a homer, a double, and a single.
Eight other players notched at least one hit for the Lady Cats. Junior Rylee Laster barely missed another EC homerun as her 7th inning blast to right also bounced off the fence, and seventh grader Addie Childress earned her first career varsity hit with a single, also in the 7th inning.
Edmonson County is now 1-3 on the season and is scheduled to take on Metcalfe County away on Thursday at 5:30PM.
Meade County Wins 74-30
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The Meade County Lady Waves were too much to handle for the Lady Cats in the first round of the Region 3 Tournament held at the Owensboro Sportscenter on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Edmonson County fell 74-30 at the hands of Meade, a team that many favor to win the region title.
Meade County connected on 6 three-point shots in the first quarter alone (12 for the game) to establish their offensive presence, and their full court press caused all sorts of trouble for the Lady Cats as Edmonson County committed 21 turnovers for the game.
Meade County held the Lady Cats to only 6 points in the second quarter and took a 45-21 lead into the locker room at the half. The third quarter was nearly a carbon copy of the second, with the Lady Waves outscoring Edmonson 20-6 and amassing a 65-27 lead going into the final quarter. The fourth quarter ran by faster than desired for three Edmonson County seniors, Paige Wolfe, Hallie Cassady, and Jaedlyn Simon, as they played their final game in a Lady Cat uniform.
Coach Bart Weaver said he knew the Lady Cats were in for a tough contest against the Lady Waves and he felt like Meade County would be the region winner this year.
"We knew how good they could shoot--several of them, but their coach told me, 'coach, we've never shot that good,' so it makes me feel better, but no, it doesn't. They had kids that were 22% and 26% on the year that are hitting threes, and that's just how it is. But I don't think the girls quit--they got a little frustrated and I got a little mad because they started barking at each other a little bit."
Coach Weaver also discussed his three seniors.
"When I took this program over, they were freshmen. I'll always remember them forever. We started with seven and ended up with three. Hats off to Paige, Hallie, and Jade. You know, they've stood with me for 4 years. Sometimes it wasn't easy, but I appreciate them doing what all they've done for us."
The Lady Cats were led by Wolfe's 12 points, followed by Cariann Williams' 8 points and 6 rebounds. Hallie Cassady added 7 points and 6 rebounds, and Lily Jayne Vincent had 3 points and 2 rebounds.
Edmonson County finishes their season with a record of 11-21.