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Roberts throws perfect game, Lady Hornets win ninth in a row

Lily Roberts kept the ride going when she pitched a perfect game during a 12-0 win for the Lady Hornets softball team over South Laurel Tuesday. The game was played at Ft. Walton Beach in Florida. It was the ninth consecutive win for Hancock County (11-1).

Roberts has been dominant on the mound during 2022. The sophomore right-hander is 11-1 on the season with an earned run average of 1.2. She has an incredible 132 strike outs against just 14 walks.

“She’s had total command of all her pitches. She’s getting ahead (in the count) so she can use all her pitches, and some teams have had trouble catching up to her fastball,” HCHS Dwayne Wroe said.

“We’re playing real well. We’ve gotten to these warmer temperatures down here and we’re hitting the ball pretty much all up and down the lineup. Our defense has played solid. I think we’ve only had five errors since we’ve been down here. We’re on a pretty good roll right now.”

Roberts got Hancock County going in the first inning Tuesday with a 2-out, RBI double, and Ella House followed with a double to give the girls a 2-0 lead.

Layni Roberts led off the fourth frame with a base hit and Baylee Estes, Kylie Westerfield and Ella Staples followed with singles. Three runs crossed the plate and Hancock County led 5-0.

Meanwhile, Roberts and the Lady Hornet defense was setting down South Laurel batters 1-2-3.

The ladies finished the game in the fifth by run rule after seven girls crossed home plate. Adi Hurst led off the frame with a hit as the HCHS offense batted around the lineup. Westerfield’s 2-run double highlighted the inning.

“We’re clinking on all cylinders right now, but our schedule will get a little tougher when we get home and that’s what we want,” Wroe said.

Roberts earned the win while allowing no runs and no hits, with eight Ks and no walks in five innings. The HCHS defense committed zero errors while not allowing a single player to reach base.

Layni Roberts was 3 for 4, House was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI, Lily Roberts was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI, Westerfield was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI, Hurst was 2 for 4 with one RBI, Estes was 1 for 2, Staples was 1 for 3 with two RBI, and Hallie Coomes was 1 for 3. Ava Riggs scored two runs while Brooke Toler and Taylor Gibson scored one each.


Baylee Estes hit an inside the park home run and the Lady Hornets defeated Middlesboro 10-2 on Monday at Ft. Walton Beach.

Hancock County grabbed the early lead when Estes singled, stole second base and later scored on a sacrifice by Lily Roberts. Ava Riggs crossed home plate while running for Ella Staples and the girls led 2-0.

Two walks and a couple of wild pitches got the Lady Hornets offense started in the third inning. Adi Hurst connected for an RBI hit and Hallie Coomes stroked a double and Hancock County led 5-0.

The girls continued to roll in the fourth inning. Breze Riley led off the frame with a walk then Estes made the score 7-0 with an inside the park home run. Staples and Roberts followed with back-to-back doubles and Hurst stroked another hit. When the dust settled the Hornets led 9-0.

Middlesboro plated two runs in the top of the fifth before Hancock ended the game via run rule when Riley doubled in Brooke Toler.

Lily Roberts got the win on the mound. She allowed no runs on two hits, with eight Ks and one walk over four innings. Gracie Gaynor allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, with one K in one inning of relief.

Estes, Hurst and Coomes all went 2 for 3 with one RBI each at the plate. Roberts was 1 for 1 with two RBI, Riley was 1 for 2 with one RBI,   Staples and Layni Roberts were both 1 for 1, Ella House was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Riggs scored three runs, Layni Roberts scored two and Taylor Gibson scored one.


Ella Staples knocked in three runs and Lily Roberts struck out 14 as the Lady Hornets defeated Franklin-Simpson in the first game of the spring break trip at Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Sunday.

Baylee Estes led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and Staples brought her home with her first of three 2-base hits in the game. Estes and Roberts duplicated that very same action in the third and the Lady Hornets led 2-0.

The Lady Wildcats scored their lone run in the fourth.

Brooke Toler led off the fifth with a double and Staples later cracked a 2-run double that made the score 4-1. Roberts followed with an RBI single before Adi Hurst drove in two runs on a base hit up the middle.

Roberts and the HCHS defense then closed the door  over the final two frames to secure the team’s seventh consecutive victory.

Roberts allowed one run on four hits, with 14 Ks and no walks over seven innings.

Staples was 3 for 4 with three doubles and three RBI, and Estes was 3 for 4 with two doubles and three runs scored. Hurst was 2 for 3 with two RBI, Roberts was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI, Toler was 1 for 3 with a double, and Ella House and Hallie Coomes were both 1 for 3. Layni Roberts and Ava Riggs scored one run each.


Three ladies hit home runs and Lily Roberts struck out another 16 batters during a 10-4 win at Whitesville Trinity last Thursday.

Hancock led 1-0 when the Lady Hornets busted the game open with a 7-run third inning. Ella House, Adi Hurst and Lily Roberts all crushed home runs during the frame and the celebration was on.

Hancock County added runs in the fourth and seventh while Trinity did the same before Roberts ended the game with a strike out.

Roberts earned the win while striking out 16 batters for the second time in three days. She allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits, with 16 Ks and two walks over seven innings.

House was 3 for 5 with one RBI, Hurst was 2 for 3 with two RBI, Staples was 2 for 3 with one RBI, Toler was 1 for 2, Emmalynn Higdon was 1 for 3, Estes and Kylie Westerfield were both 1 for 4 with one RBI each, and Roberts was 1 for 5 with two RBI. Layni Roberts was 1 for 5 with one RBI. Riggs scored a run.

By Steve Wimmer

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