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Saturday, June 8, 2013

SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE - Greenwood wins State Softball Tournament



SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

-Greenwood caps off 44-0 season with state title

-Palace Malice upset winner in the Belmont.

They are impressive and some think they may be the best team to ever play in Kentucky Girls High School Softball. Greenwood downed Owensboro Catholic 8-0 Saturday to win their third title in seven years at Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro, KY.

The Gators' pitcher Elizabeth Moss held O.C. to a mere three hits, two of them bunts, and Greenwood used a three run third inning to spring out to a lead that just increased the longer the game went. The Gators had twelve hits in the contest. Moss, a junior, has been a dominant pitcher since 2010 in high school softball. I spent significant time trying to find a college commitment for her, to no avail.
We're pretty sure Coach Pearsall knows about her at Louisville. If anyone knows who she is considering, if she has given a verbal anywhere yet or a list of her schools...please shoot us an e-mail or leave a comment.

Elizabeth Moss
Earlier in the day, Greenwood got a bit of a challenge from Louisville Mercy...defeating the Jaguars 5-3 in the finals of the winners' bracket. Louisville softball signee Morgan Meyer and her Mercy teammates then dropped into the losers' bracket to await their next opponent...either Owensboro Catholic or Boyle County. Owensboro emerged the winner over Boyle 4-3 in a 12 inning contest that was settled by Lillie Goetz home run. O.C. then turned around to play Mercy...eliminating the Jaguars 9-8.

In the final, though...there was no suspense in the end. After two scoreless innings, Greenwood posted three in the third, one in the fourth and two runs in the fifth and sixth.

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Mike Smith does it again. Riding longshot Palace Malice for trainer Todd Pletcher...Smith hung close to the pace, made his move to take the lead at the top of the stretch and vanquished 13 contenders to take the Belmont Stakes at 13-1 odds. Preakness winner Oxbow couldn't keep up and faded to second and Orb, Kentucky Derby champ closed to take third.

It was a bit of redemption for me after a trying day of handicapping. Early in the day, trying to play both the Belmont and Churchill race cards, my luck was horrible. I even killed our table's "show pool" out at Churchill Downs for UofL Alumni Day in the 3rd. race. On the favorite in the race.

Finally, I set the Churchill program aside and put my concentration solely on the New York track. I liked a "Pick Four" combination I had put together beginning in the 8th. race...because it was cheap, I had two legs in it that were singles and I was down pretty well on the day. $9 bucks for a 50 cent Pick Four looked pretty good about then.

Stephanie's Kitten went off at 3-1 and was my lone pick in the 8th race...surviving a tough stretch battle to win by a head with John Velasquez aboard. I took three horses in the 9th race and Forty Tales...with Joel Rosario riding...gave me a nice second win at 9-1 odds. I singled again in the 10th. race on huge favorite Point of Entry and it proved successful....paying $3.10 to win.

Central Cardinal Chuck and Travellin' Carol at Churchill
Then came the final leg. When I constructed the ticket, I kept in mind the horses I had touted in the Saturday edition of Cardinal Couple. So..Orb, Freedom ChildPalace Malice, Unlimited Budget were in. I added Oxbow and Golden Soul.

Palace Malice. They couldn't catch him after Smith took him to the lead at the top of the stretch.

I also tried a few exacta combinations, but couldn't seem to place one that had Palace Malice and Oxbow on the same ticket.

$447 on the 50 cent pick 4. A nice ending to a frustrating handicapping...but pleasant company...day.

Sonja placed only one bet on the entire day...busy socailizing...a win on Orb. Although he was making up ground in the stretch, he finished third.

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TWO CHIMPS AND A LADY

-Paulie

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