KHSAA All-Tournament Team and Awards

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Check out the all-tournament team and Kentucky High School Athletic Association awards below:

MVP — Eric Sanders (Harrison County)

All Tournament Team

  • Ryan Messex (Male)
  • Brandon Allen (Male)
  • Steven Layne (Pikeville)
  • Gavin Miller (Pikeville)
  • Kyle McGrath (Butler)
  • Kyle Asher (Butler)
  • Dewight Bigbee  (Butler)
  • Logan Dailey (Harrison County)
  • Matthew Dye (Harrison County)
  • Eric Sanders (Harrison County)

Forcht Bank Scholarship Winners

  • Christian Chasteen (Harrison County)
  • Matthew Purdom (Shelby County)
  • Kyle Smithson (Hopkinsville)
  • Jared Martin (Harrison County)

Forcht Group of Kentucky Sportsmanship Award — Shane Fowler (Harrison County)

Kentucky National Guard Leadership Award — Christopher Beam (Butler)

Harrison Co. wins KHSAA title behind freshman pitcher

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Two first-inning runs were all Region 10 champion Harrison County High School needed Saturday as the school held on for its fourth Kentucky High School Athletic Association championship with a 2-1 win over Region Six champion Butler High School. Harrison County freshman starting pitcher Jordan Martin earned the championship victory after allowing just one run in a complete-game performance. Martin struck out five and walked just three. Harrison County scored its two first-inning runs with two outs on a RBI single from junior right fielder Shane Fowler that scored junior left fielder Eric Sanders and a RBI single from junior designated hitter Samuel Logan Daily that scored senior shortstop Jared Martin. Sanders was named the state tournament MVP.

Butler senior starting pitcher Kyle McGrath almost equaled Martin’s pitching performance by allowing just two runs in his own complete-game performance. McGrath struck out eight batters and walked none. McGrath, an Eastern Kentucky University signee, ended the state tournament with 26 strikeouts in 15 innings. Butler senior shortstop Zach Lucas was the only player in the game to record multiple hits with a 2-4, one-run scored performance. (Box Score)

Player of the game: SP Jordan Martin — Martin, a freshman, had pitched just 27 innings before the state championship game but certainly didn’t show his inexperience in a complete game performance. Martin surrendered just one run on five hits in seven innings and struck out five while walking three. The performance ended Harrison County’s season on a 24-game winning streak.

KHSAA State Tournament Semifinals Roundup

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We know what two teams will square off for tonight’s Kentucky High School Athletic Association state tournament finals after Friday’s semifinal action. Check out recaps and awards from those two games below:

  • In the first semifinal of the day Region Six champion Butler High School scored two runs in the top of the sixth innings to take the lead for good in its 3-2 win over Region 15 champion Pikeville High School. Butler took the lead in the sixth on a two-run double from senior outfielder Daniel Pardue, and senior pitcher Kyle McGrath held on with a  scoreless seventh inning despite walking two batters to preserve the win. Senior reliever Austin Fuqua was credited with the win after holding Pikeville scoreless in one and one-third inning. Butler senior shortstop Zach Lucas was 2-3 with a run scored. Pikeville sophomore shortstop Gavin Miller was 3-4, and junior starting pitcher Layne Cecil took the loss despite allowing just three runs in a complete-game performance. (Box Score)
  • In the second semifinal matchup Region 10 champion Harrison County High School jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 victory over Region Seven champion Louisville Male High School. Harrison County junior left fielder Eric Sanders was 3-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Junior starting pitcher Samuel Logan Daily earned the win after surrendering five runs, four of which were earned, in a complete-game effort. Daily was also 2-3 with four RBI at the plate. Male senior catcher Ryan Messex was 4-4 with one RBI. Junior left fielder Jimmy Faul, sophomore third baseman Dalton Howell and sophomore designated hitter Tyler Adams each tallied two hits in four at-bats. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: OF Eric Sanders (Harrison Co.)

  • Stats: 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
  • Honorable Mention: Samuel Logan Daily (Harrison Co.), Ryan Messex (Male), Jimmy Faul (Male), Dalton Howell (Male), Tyler Adams (Male), Zach Lucas (Butler), Daniel Pardue (Butler), Gavin Miller (Pikeville)

Pitcher of the day: SP Layne Cecil (Pikeville)

  • Stats: 0-1, 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Samuel Logan Daily (Harrison Co.), Cameron Clark (Butler), Austin Fuqua (Butler)

KHSAA State Tournament Day Four Roundup

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Photo by Chris Breeze via Flickr

Recaps and awards from the final two Kentucky High School Athletic Association state tournament quarter final games:

  • In Thursday’s first game Region Seven champion Louisville Male High School shutout Region 11 champion Lexington Christian Academy 3-0 behind a complete-game performance from junior starting pitcher Brandon Allen. Allen surrendered just four hits and struck out four while walking none. Male senior first baseman Tanner Hobbs led the way at the plate by going 2-3 with one run scored. Hobbs was the only player in the game to record multiple hits. LCA senior starting pitcher Clay Hall held Male to two runs, one of which was earned, in four innings but took the loss to fall to 9-2 on the season. LCA outfielder Lucas Witt, a University of Kentucky signee and Los Angeles Dodgers draft pick, was 0-3. (Box Score)
  • In game two Region 10 champion Harrison County High School scored four runs in the second inning and didn’t look back in a 7-1 win over Region Three champion Daviess County High School. Harrison County senior second baseman Darren Matt Dye was 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, and senior starting pitcher Christian Chasteen earned the win with a complete-game performance. Chasteen surrendered one run on six hits and struck out five while walking two. Chasteen and junior designated hitter Shane Fowler each tallied two hits in four at-bats. Daviess County junior left fielder Blakely Kieth and senior third baseman Chris Morgan were each 2-3 in the game. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: 2B Darren Matt Dye (Harrison Co.)

  • Stats: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
  • Honorable Mention: Tanner Hobbs (Male), Christian Chasteen (Harrison Co.), Shane Fowler (Harrison Co.), Blakely Keith (Daviess Co.), Chris Morgan (Daviess Co.)

Pitcher of the day: SP Brandon Allen (Male)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Christian Chasteen (Harrison Co.), Clay Hall (LCA), Andrew Shewmaker (LCA), Kyle Schneider (Daviess Co.)

KHSAA State Tournament Day Three Roundup

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Recaps and awards from the two quarterfinals games from day three of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association state baseball tournaments:

  • Region 15 champion Pikeville High School earned a 10-0, mercy-rule, win over Region 16 champion Greenup County in Wednesday’s first quarterfinal game. Pikeville was led by eight-grade left-handed pitcher Jacob Hamilton, who earned the win after holding Greenup County scoreless for five and two-third innings. Pikeville sophomore shortstop Gavin Miller was 4-4 with three runs scored, and senior right fielder Patrick Keene was 3-3 with two runs scored and a walk.  Greenup County senior infielder Zach James was 2-3 in the game. (Box Score)
  • Region Six champion Butler High School scored an upset of Region 12 champion West Jessamine High School, the tournament’s highest ranked team at No. four in the KHSBCA poll, with a 2-1 win in Wednesday’s second quarterfinals game. Butler was led by junior starting pitcher Kyle Asher, who allowed just one unearned run on five hits in a complete-game performance. Asher struck out five batters and walked none. At the plate Butler senior first baseman Kyle McGrath was 2-3 with a run scored and one RBI. West Jessamine starting pitcher Gus Sherrow took the loss despite allowing just one earned run in five innings and striking out eight batters. West Jessamine designated hitter Jackson Deyer was 2-3 in the game. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: SS Gavin Miller (Pikeville)

  • Stats: 4-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B
  • Honorable Mention: Patrick Keene (Pikeville), Stephen Layne (Pikeville), Zach James (Greenup Co.), Jackson Deyer (West Jessamine), Kyle McGrath (Butler), Ryan Jesse (Butler), Kyle Asher (Butler)

Pitcher of the day: Kyle Asher (Butler)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Gus Sherrow (West Jessamine), Jacob Hamilton (Pikeville)

KHSAA State Tournament Day Two Roundup

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Recaps and awards from the final four first-round Kentucky High School Athletic Association state tournament games:

  • Region Three champion Daviess County High School broke a 3-3 tie open with a four-run fifth inning to record a 7-4 first-round win against Region Two champion Hopkinsville High School. Daviess County senior starting pitcher Austin Clay recorded the complete game victory to move to 7-0 on the season, allowing just two earned runs and striking out nine while walking just two. Daviess County sophomore center fielder Caleb McIntire was 3-5 with three runs scored in the game. Hopkinsville senior starting pitcher Justin Hageman, a Western Kentucky University signee and Detroit Tigers draft pick, took the loss after allowing seven runs on eight hits in five innings. (Box Score)
  • Region Seven champion Louisville Male High School rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure a walk-off 5-4 victory over Region Four champion Warren Central High School in the second Tuesday first-round matchup. Male used two walks, two doubles, a hit-by-pitch and three wild pitches, all coming with two outs, to finish the improbable comeback. Male senior shortstop Kameron Mason finished the game 2-3 with two runs scored, and junior pitcher Brandon Allen earned his tenth win of the season with three innings of one-run relief out of bullpen. Warren Central senior starting pitcher Shane Waldrop looked to be in line for his 14th win of the year after allowing just one run through six and two-third innings, but could record the final out and fell to 13-3 on the season. Warren Central senior shortstop Jacob King was 3-3 with two RBI and one runs scored, and sophomore center fielder Trevor Lowe was 3-4. (Box Score)
  • In Tuesday’s third first-round game Region 11 champion Lexington Christian Academy had no trouble with Region One champion Lone Oak High School in a 7-2 victory. LCA senior left fielder Evan Stephens was 4-4 with three runs scored in the game. Junior right fielder Austin Bundy was 3-3, and junior starting pitcher Joe Duncan earned the win after allowing one run in five innings. Lone Oak freshman Lucas Englert was 2-3 at the plate but took the loss after allowing three runs in two and two-third innings on the mound. Lone Oak sophomore left fielder Jack Coleman was 2-4 with a run scored. (Box Score)
  • In a game that was suspended due to weather and completed Wednesday morning, Region 10 champion Harrison County High School recorded the tournament’s first shutout in an 8-0 win over Region 13 champion Clay County High School. Harrison County junior left fielder Eric Saunders was 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, and junior designated hitter Shane Fowler was 2-3 with a double, triple and two RBI. Harrison County junior starting pitcher Logan Daily struck out six in three scoreless innings. Clay County junior first baseman Brandon Griffin was 2-2 with two doubles and a walk. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: OF Evan Stephens (LCA)

  • Stats: 4-4, 3 R, 1 2B
  • Honorable Mention: Caleb McIntire (Daviess Co.), Jacob King (Warren Central), Trevor Lowe (Warren Central), Kameron Mason (Male), Austin Bundy (LCA), Lucas Englert (Lone Oak), Brandon Griffin (Clay Co.), Eric Saunders (Harrison Co.)

Pitcher of the day: Austin Clay (Daviess Co.)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Brandon Allen (Male), Shane Waldrop (Warren Central), Joe Duncan (LCA), Logan Daily (Harrison Co.)

Day One State Tournament Roundup

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The first four games of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association state tournament are in the books. Check out brief recaps and awards from those games below and remember Lone Oak, LCA, Male, Warren Central, Hopkinsville, Daviess County, Harrison County and Clay County play their first-round games today.

  • Region 15 champion Pikeville High School came back from an early deficit and held off a late rally to defeat Region 14 champion Perry County Central High School in game one of the KHSAA state tournament. Pikeville junior second baseman Stephen Layne was 3-5 with one run scored and one RBI, and sophomore shortstop Gavin Miller was 2-4 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored. Junior starting pitcher Layne Cecil earned the win after surrendering six runs in five innings. Perry County senior left fielder Tyler Mullins was 2-4 with a run scored. (Box Score)
  • Region 16 champion Greenup County High School rode an outstanding pitching performance from senior starting pitcher Ethan Hardin en route to a 5-2 victory over Region Five champion Central Hardin High School. Hardin surrendered two runs on five hits in seven innings and struck out five while walking none. Greenup County senior left fielder Juan Staten was 3-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Five different Central Hardin batters recorded one hit in the game, and junior starting pitcher Dylan Schoffner took the loss despite allowing just two runs in four innings. (Box Score)
  • Region 12 champion West Jessamine High School, the highest ranked team in the tournament at No. 4 in the KHSBCA top 25, overcame an early 6-1 deficit to defeat Region Eight champion Shelby County High School 8-6 in its first-round game. West Jessamine reliever Alex Lester was almost unhittable as he allowed no runs on three hits in five and one-third innings for the win. Lester struck out 11 and walked none. Designated hitter Gus Sherrow was 3-4 with three runs scored, and third baseman Tyler West was 3-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Shelby County scored six runs in the first two innings with the help of five West Jessamine errors. Senior catcher John Hunter was 2-4 with a run scored. (Box Score)
  • Region Six champion Butler High School senior starting pitcher Kyle McGrath turned in the best pitching performance of the young tournament to lead Butler to a 7-2 win over Region Nine champion Boone County High School. McGrath struck out 16 batters in seven innings and allowed just two unearned runs on three hits. Butler junior left fielder Dwight Bigbee was 3-4 with a run scored, and senior shortstop Zach Lucas was 2-2 with two RBI and one run scored. Boone County sophomore starting pitcher Doug Teegarden took the loss after surrendering four runs in four and two-third innings but did strike out six batters. Chicago White Sox draft pick Ronald Cotton was 0-3 with a strikeout for Boone County. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: SS Gavin Miller (Pikeville)

  • Stats: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R
  • Honorable Mention: Stephen Layne (Pikeville), Tyler Mullins (Perry Co.), Juan Staten (Greenup Co.), Gus Sherrow (West Jessamine), Tyler West (West Jessamine), John Hunter (Shelby Co.), Zach Lucas (Butler), Dwight Bigbee (Butler)

Pitcher of the day: Kyle McGrath (Butler)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 16 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Ethan Hardin (Greenup Co.), Dylan Shoffner (Central Hardin), Alex Lester (West Jessamine)