Carroll County softball got a solo home run by Bailey Mefford on the Panthers’ first at-bat of the game and then Andrea Searcy stuck out 12 to scatter five hits and a walk in a 3-0 win over conference rival Walton-Verona on Monday in Carrollton.

The 3-0 shutout allowed the Panthers to bounce back from their first loss of the season, 2-0 at Campbell County on Saturday.

Mefford, Carroll’s leadoff batter, drove the third pitch from Walton-Verona pitcher Faith Alford over the center field fence for what proved to be the game-winning hit of the contest. However, Jordan Ray then singled to third, advanced on a passed ball and scored on Searcy’s RBI double for a 2-0 early lead.

Carroll added a run in the third when Ray singled again to lead off the inning, advanced on another passed ball and scored on Searcy’s ground out the shortstop to wrap up the scoring.

Searcy had pitched out of a jam in top of the first when Walton-Verona (4-8, 0-2 NCKC) singled to begin the game and got a two-out walk to put a runner in scoring position early. Walton also got a double by Addisyn Michael in the third without inflicting damage.

Walton-Verona’s best opportunity to break up the shutout was in the fourth when Lacey Alford led off with a single and Audrey Pollard doubled to put runners at the corners but Searcy buckled down and struck out three straight to douse the rally. She then allowed just one Bearcat baserunner the rest of the game.

Searcy scattered five hits and a walk by striking out 12 and getting error-free defense from her teammates.

Alford went the distance for Walton-Verona allowing three runs — two earned — on five hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Searcy was 2-for-3 with the double and two RBIs for Carroll while Ray was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Mefford had the solo home run and Kay Gaddis was 1-for-2 for the other hit.

Carroll (10-1, 3-0 NCKC) visits Collins on Wednesday in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Southwestern drops ORVC game to South Ripley 6-4

Southwestern softball fell behind early and then tried to play catch up the rest of the way in a 6-4 Ohio River Valley Conference loss to South Ripley on Monday in Hanover.

South Ripley got on the board 2-0 in the top of the first when Halee Smith scored after a wild pitch and Mady Tompkins followed with a run on an RBI single by Alexa Heidt. The Raiders added to that lead in the top of the third when both Smith and Tompkins came around again, this time on a single by Ellie Waldron that put the Rebels in a 4-0 hole.

However, Southwestern responded in the bottom half of the frame with three hits — including back-to-back singles by Cadence Humes and Abby Ralston — and both scored two batters later when Morgan Mahoney’s triple to right field cleared the bases before Abby Fulton drove in Mahoney with a single to center to trim the deficit to 4-3.

South Ripley (6-1, 2-1 ORVC) answered in the fourth inning with two outs when the top of the order returned to the plate. Smith walked and Hailey Brown singled to put two runners on and both scored on back-to-back singles by Tompkins and Waldron for the Raiders’ final two runs of the game.

Trailing 6-3, the Rebels mounted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh to trim the lead to 6-4 on an RBI single by Ralston that scored Bella Marcum but that’s where the rally fizzled. With two on and one out Trinity McLain grounded out and Mahoney struck out to end the game.

South Ripley out-hit Southwestern 10-7 as Lakyn Wilson got the start for the Rebels and gave up six runs — two earned — in 3 2/3 innings on six hits and a walk with nine strikeouts. Kailey Burns pitched 3 1/3 innings and scattered four hits and a walk for no runs while striking out four

Waldron, a freshman, allowed four runs — all earned — on seven hits and no walks while striking out 11 for the Raiders. Tompkins pitched the final two-thirds of an inning and struck out one to earn the save.

Ralston was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI and Fulton was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Mahoney finished 1-for-4 with the triple, two RBIs and a run.

Waldron led South Ripley at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBIs while Smith was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Tompkins and Heidt each had a hit with an RBI and Abby Bradley had a double.

Southwestern (4-5, 1-3 ORVC) visits Milan on Wednesday.

No. 9 Shiners shut out Shawe

Shawe softball lost 18-0 at Class A No. 9 Rising Sun on Monday.

Shawe got hits from Kristen Snodgrass, Charity Green and Grace McAllister and the team played better defensively, but 13 walks doomed the Hilltoppers.

Jaylin Lee took the loss in the circle.

“We are trying to build off all the positives that we can but we still have way too many mistakes both on offense and defense,” Shawe coach Tim Torrance said. “The kids continue to work hard.”

Shawe (0-6, 0-5 Ohio River Valley) visits Oldenburg for two games Saturday.

Trimble falls 7-1 at North Oldham

Trimble County’s softball team suffered a 7-1 loss at North Oldham in the Lady Raiders’ 29th District opener on Monday.

The host Mustangs scored three runs in the bottom of the first for the only runs they would need then added a solo run in the third and three more in the fourth.

Trimble County finally broke through with a run in the top of the sixth when Rachel Liter doubled and scored on Emma Ginn’s RBI single.

Abby Ponder took the loss in the circle after allowing seven runs — three earned — on eight hits in six innings with four strikeouts and two walks. She also had the Raiders’ only other hit, a single.

Trimble, now 7-3 overall and 0-1 in district play, host another 29th District opponent, South Oldham, today.