By Dan Wright
Junior right-hander Hannah Thacker struck out fourteen while allowing just one first-inning hit as Walton-Verona went on the road to defeat Paintsville, 9-0, Saturday.
Thacker only allowed a single to left with two outs in the first inning and did not walk any batters.
Junior first baseman Julann Ginn drove in three runs, including a pair with a double into the left-center field gap in the fourth inning.
Senior second baseman Kasey Troxel added an RBI double in the Bearcats two-run sixth inning.
Walton-Verona also held a second-inning lead against East Ridge before that game was canceled due to rain.
WALTON-VERONA 301-302-0—9 5 1
at PAINTSVILLE 000-000-0—0 1 8
WP: Thacker (1-0, 14 K’s). LP: Lemaster (0-1). HITTING LEADERS: W- Troxel 2-4, 3B; Ginn 2B, 3 RBI. RECORDS: Walton-Verona 1-0, Paintsville 0-1.
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