NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — The East Jessamine softball team is holding it down for central Kentucky’s presence in the KHSAA high school baseball and softball state tournament finales this weekend.

The Final Four pits the Lady Jaguars against Henderson County on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. at John Cropp Stadium. Ballard and Rowan County take the field at 11 a.m. on Friday, with the winners facing off in the state championship game Saturday at 3 p.m.

“Yeah they’re playing hard they’re practicing hard they’re showing up every day and we started the 1st of October doing conditioning and weight lifting and they’ve been working hard since that day,” East Jessamine head softball coach Kevin Dennis said.

The Lady Jaguars won Region 12 and kept it rolling last weekend with a 5-1 win over Perry County Central in the first round, and a 1-0 win over Daviess County in the state quarterfinals. They face a tough challenge in Region 2 champion Henderson County, who boasts a record of 32-5.

“It’s gonna take a lot of hard work because we know this team is really good because they’re in the Final Four too so and we’re just gonna have to play our best and have fun and go work hard,” East Jessamine senior pitcher Kayleigh white said.

White scored the only run of the game against Daviess County, a home run in the 6th inning to put her team ahead. She also pitched a shutout in the circle, showing off why she will be playing Division-I softball next year as a Murray State commit.

“If we came out of this weekend victorious I’m probably gonna cry, I think everyone will but we would definitely be really happy,” East Jessamine freshman Natalie Alimento said.


Henderson County beat Great Crossing in the first round, 6-2 and took care of Central Hardin, 7-0 in the state quarterfinals.