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Central Region Little League All-Star Tournament: Boyd National ‘back to routine’ | Sports

Boyd County National Little League 12U softball stars will bring a winning mentality to Indiana next week when they compete in the Central Region tournament.

It’s the same mindset that carried the team unscathed through last week’s state tournament at North Oldham. Boyd County National had 46 hits and posted 42 runs in four games as they headed for the championship and are now one step away from the World Series.

Interim coach Kristin May, who led the same team to second place in the state last year, will replace manager Randy Jacobs, who cannot attend due to work obligations.

May knows the team has a talented roster and will be ready to compete. The club got back to work this week in training.

“We had to get back to routine, revisit the basics and the fundamentals of softball,” May said. “We have a solid defense behind four excellent pitchers. All the girls are happy. The county is excited. We had an outpouring of donations to help these girls and their families. I can’t thank the community enough for their help. It’s huge with the price of gas and the hotel.

“We trained every day,” she added. “We mingled. They work hard. Couldn’t ask for a better girl group. They are all dedicated. They want to take their game to the next level. We’re excited to be in the region’s tournament, but we also want to win it.

Boyd County National is hoping to keep the bats warm, but with the talent level sure to rise in the regional tournament, the team will be led by the pitching staff of Lacyn Black, Brooklynn Jacobs, Haeleigh Sharp and Jordan Fraley.

Black accounted for three wins at State. Jacobs and Sharp combined to throw a no-hitter on the big stage. The depth in the circle will give Boyd County National an advantage.

“I expect this stage to be a bit different,” May said. “The throwing they face in the regional tournament will be better than the throwing they faced in the state tournament. Between our four throwers, we can get the job done. Most teams aren’t four deep.

The Central Region tournament begins Monday evening. It’s a double elimination and the championship is scheduled for July 29.

Kentucky is one of nine states that will represent the field. The others include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

May said Boyd County National will cherish the moment. It’s an experience he’s never had before, but the memory will last forever.

“Hopefully when we get there, they’re not all camera shy,” May said. “That’s what they’re all talking about: ‘Are we going to be interviewed?’ It will be an unforgettable memory for them. At the state tournament, they were all able to bond. At the regional tournament, they stay in the same hotel. It will be something these girls will never forget.

The event takes place in Whitestown, Indiana. The new softball complex is located just north of Indianapolis.

Boyd County National will face the Boardman Little League team from Youngstown, Ohio. Every game in the regional tournament will be streamed live on ESPN+, which is subscription-based.

May said her team would find a way to overcome her surroundings. The game plan and style of play will not change due to the national viewership.

“It’s a big stage, and it’ll be on TV,” May said, “but I’ve spoken to the girls, and we want to treat it like another game. We’ll go out there and hit, throw and reach “I think they’ll adapt and pull through. We’ve got some good athletes on this team.

The Camp Landing Theater will show the first Boyd County National game on the big screen Monday night. May said the community support has been amazing and much appreciated.

“It will be exciting to know that not only will you be on national television,” May said, “but you also have 125 free tickets that have been given away to watch at Camp Landing on the big screen. I hope every seat is filled. We plan to put on a good show.

Lacyn and the long ball

A state championship wasn’t the only cause for celebration last week.

Black showed his bat and beat qualifiers from 10 different states to win the East Regional Home Run Derby at Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas on July 17.

After hitting 37 home runs in the local home run derby, the Boyd County slugger hit 19 home runs in the regional event. Tiffany Black, Lacyn’s mother and Boyd County assistant coach, said her daughter was calm and cool in the batting box. She is happy to move on to the next round.

Lacyn Black will compete in the T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on August 26.