HAWESVILLE -- The Daviess County High School softball team was dialed in on Wednesday night at Vastwood Park.

Dominating from start to finish -- and despite four intentional walks to superstar freshman slugger Millie Roberts -- the Lady Panthers cruised past Muhlenberg County 12-0 in five innings in the 3rd Region Tournament championship game.

The Lady Panthers got contributions from a host of players, including winning pitcher Emily Stanley, who allowed no runs and only one hit in a complete-game gem.

Daviess County (24-12) is regional champion for the first time since 2016, and will face 4th Region champion Warren East (33-2) in the KHSAA Semi-State at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Western Kentucky University Softball Complex in Bowling Green.

"We really executed well," said Daviess County coach John Biggs, whose team has won seven consecutive games and 10 of their last 11. "I thought we set the tone early by being super-aggressive. We got an early lead and that's always the way you want to start the game.

"We're riding a hot arm with Emily, and we've got a really solid defensive unit behind her.

"Right now, we're loose and relaxed, and we're playing the game with a lot of confidence."

The Lady Panthers scored all the runs they would need in the top of the first inning. Abby Newman stroked an RBI single to right and later scored on squeeze bunt by cleanup hitter Cameron Hamilton to make it 2-0.

In the second, Kelsey Whistle singled and scored on an double by ninth-place hitter Abbey Pike to extend DC's lead.

The Lady Panthers broke the game open in the third, scoring five time. Stanley helped her own cause with a two-run double to right-center, Pike smacked an RBI single, and Emma Young drove in a run with a fielder's choice.

In the fifth inning, Newman drew a bases-loaded walk to force home a run, Hamilton drove in two runs on a fielder's choice, and Young delivered an RBI double to account for the final margin.

"John is a great coach and Daviess County has a stellar team," said Muhlenberg County coach Autumn Wilkins, whose team advanced to the finals with impressive upsets of Meade County and defending champion Apollo. "I wish them nothing but the best at state.

"I can't explain how proud of our team, and how hard we competed and battled. We started five eighth-graders -- the future for our program is very promising."

DC's nine-hit attack was paced by Pike, who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, and eighth-place hitter Whistle, who went 2-for-3 and scored twice. Hamilton drove in three runs, with Newman, Young and Stanley each finishing with two RBIs.

The Lady Mustangs' lone hit was a single off the bat of Sophia Wilkins to open the bottom of the third.

DAVIESS COUNTY 215-04 -- 12-9-0

MUHLENBERG COUNTY 000-00 -- 0-1-2

WP-Stanley. LP-Rose. 2B-Pike, Young, Stanley (DC).

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