DRAFFENVILLE, Ky. — McCracken County won its second straight premiership championship on Saturday in a 9-2 win over Paducah Tilghman.
Despite heading into the 5th inning tied at 2-2, McCracken County took a 4-2 lead on a two RBI single from Karleigh Grace Walker, and never looked back.
McCracken County won its sixth regional championship in school history.
“It always feels good to win,” junior pitcher Ally Hutchins said. “We had a couple of years where we got knocked out early on, so getting the program back on track is great.”
McCracken County head coach Tony Hayden said after his team returned to the start of the KHSAA State Tournament last year, the goal was to come back and finish what they had started.
“After losing last year at the state tournament, from the start of open practices, everything was unfinished,” Hayden said. “We had things that we wanted to go back to the state tournament and prove, and the whole season was based on that philosophy.
They will await the winner of Region 5 of the state tournament on Friday, June 3 in Lexington.
Paducah Tilghman, making his first ever appearance in the First Region Championship, suffered his fourth loss to the Mustangs this season.