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Magoffin County softball team shows improvement

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Independent Photo || JIM ARNETT

Eighth-grader Presley Smith helped to lead the Magoffin County softball team throughout the 2019 season. 

 

SALYERSVILLE - Despite exiting the postseason in the opening round of the 57th District Softball Tournament, Magoffin County showed improvement in the 2019 season.

The Lady Hornets, under the direction of veteran head coach Tony Skaggs, compiled an 11-9 overall record. 

Prior to taking the field for its latest campaign in March, Magoffin County exited the 2018 season with a 12-13 record. 

The Lady Hornets opened the 2019 high school softball season 7-0. Magoffin County won nine of its first 10 games in the 2019 season and received multiple votes in the state high school softball poll.

With their graduation, the talented duo of Kennedi Stacy and Erin Bolen will leave a void for the Magoffin County softball program. Stacy, who has signed with the Transylvania University women's basketball program, batted .536 with 37 hits. The productive Stacy led Magoffin County in batting average, hits and stolen bases. She finished 30-of-31 in stolen base attempts. Another productive player, Bolen batted .436 while recording a team-high 24 RBIs. 

Both sophomore Emilee Bailey and eighth-grader Presley Smith rank as two of the area's top young high school softball players. Bailey and Smith recorded 26 hits and 24 hits, respectively. Smith ranked as Magoffin County's third-leading hitter, batting .414.

In addition to Bailey and Smith, pitchers Holly Handshoe and Laney Bledsoe are among the other players due back on the field for the Lady Hornets in 2020. 

Magoffin County notched wins over Hazard, Prestonsburg, Sheldon Clark, Phelps, Knott County Central, Pike County Central, Betsy Layne, East Ridge and Morgan County during the 2019 high school softball season.

The Lady Hornets will open preseason practice for the 2020 campaign in mid-February. 
 

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