High School Sports

  • BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: Region draws announced

    Coming in as a district runner-up, Thomas Nelson was bound to face a difficult first-round draw in its first-ever trip to the 5th Region softball tournament, which starts Monday at Marion County.

    The Generals (14-9) got just that, as they will take on the host Knights in the last game of the day Monday, at 6 p.m. Marion County (20-6), the 20th District champ, has been among the top teams in the region all year, and has two wins already over Thomas Nelson this season: a 6-0 road victory March 26, and a 13-0 win in Lebanon two weeks ago.

  • 19th DISTRICT SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Commanders stop Generals' 1st trip to finals

    SPRINGFIELD — Thomas Nelson’s softball program took a big step up the ladder this season by winning the regular-season district title and qualifying for the district championship game and region tournament for the first time.

    The Generals will have to wait another year to climb their next big rung after falling short to host Washington County, 8-3, in Thursday’s 19th District championship at Idle Hour Park.

  • 19th DISTRICT BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Tigers rally falls short to Commanders

    SPRINGFIELD — Bardstown fell in a big early hole and was just one swing of the bat away from being run-ruled by host Washington County in Thursday’s 19th District championship.

    The Tigers didn’t lie down, putting together a furious six-run, sixth-inning rally that fell short in a 9-7 loss, but Bardstown did gain some confidence going forward as the school makes its second straight region tournament trip next week.

    Bardstown coach Glenn Koger said that should help give the Tigers some momentum going into the region tournament.





    19th District tournament

    at Idle Hour Park, Springfield

    Bethlehem 7, Thomas Nelson 5



    19th District tournament

    at Idle Hour Park, Springfield

    Washington Co. 8, Bethlehem 0



    19th District tournament

    at Idle Hour Park, Springfield

    Bardstown 5, Nelson Co. 4 (8 inn.)



  • 19th DISTRICT BASEBALL SEMIFINALS: Tigers' miracle rally in 8th knocks out Cards

    SPRINGFIELD — Nelson County overcame a 2-0 deficit and had a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth against Bardstown with ace pitcher Benton McGill on the mound.

    Unfortunately for the Cardinals, McGill had to be relieved with one out and a runner on base because he had reached the maximum pitches allowed by the KHSAA, eclipsing 125.

  • 19th DISTRICT SOFTBALL SEMIFINALS: Commanders bounce Banshees from postseason

    SPRINGFIELD — Bethlehem was unable to generate any offense against Washington County starter Maddie Pettus, falling 8-0 to the Commanders in Wednesday’s 19th District semifinals, missing the championship and the region tournament for the first time since 2011.

    “It just happens,” lamented Bethlehem coach Shaun Smith, who took over the program in 2012, igniting the Banshees’ streak of success, which includes the only four district championship trophies in school history.

  • 19th DISTRICT BASEBALL SEMIFINALS: WC's Graves shuts out Eagles

    SPRINGFIELD — Teams in the 19th District couldn’t get much done against Josh Graves in the regular season, and the postseason proved no exception, as the Washington County ace twirled a two-hit 8-0 shutout of Bethlehem Tuesday to advance to Thursday’s district finals.

    Graves struck out 10 Eagle batters and scattered four walks along with the two hits, but managed to quickly slam the door on every slim opening. Bethlehem got runners as far as second base three times in the game.

  • 19th DISTRICT SOFTBALL SEMIFINALS: TNHS routs NC to get to first title game

    SPRINGFIELD — It’s been a year of firsts for the Thomas Nelson softball team.

    The Generals gained the school’s first-ever No. 1 seed with a sparkling 7-1 record against 19th District foes.

    They earned a spot in the district championship game for the first time in school history with a 10-0 win over Nelson County Tuesday.

    The Generals faced Washington County at Idle Hour Park in Springfield in Thursday’s finals after press time for this edition. Go to kystandard.com for results.

  • TEE TIME: Bourbon Open makes new fans

    When you write for the paper, work for a television station, or open your mouth on the radio, you are apt to open yourself up for things.

    Believe me, I know.

    I’ve been involved in all three businesses, and have embarrassed myself numerous times.

    Therefore, I shouldn’t have been surprised by a couple of things that happened this past week.

    You might recall that I played in my first ever Bourbon Open in 2017 and lived to write about it.

  • 19th DISTRICT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Martin's blast in the 9th lifts NC past B'town

    SPRINGFIELD — Carolyn Martin always wondered what it would be like to have a walkoff game-winning hit.

    The Nelson County junior can now tell you how it feels after her two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave her Cardinals a 6-4 win over Bardstown in the 19th District softball play-in game Monday at Idle Hour Park.

    “I was so excited when I saw that pitch coming,” she said. “It was a little inside, so I had to turn on it. I knew from the sound of the bat that it was finally going to happen.”