KHSAA State Tournament Day Three Roundup

High School Baseball

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

High School Baseball

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

High School Baseball

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)

KHSAA State Tournament Schedule

High School Baseball

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association state baseball tournament is underway. I thought I’d pass along the schedule for the event with a few links to get you ready to crown the 2010 state champion:

Monday

  • GM 1 — Perry Central vs. Pikeville — 11 a.m.
  • GM 2 — Central Hardin vs. Greenup Co. — 1:30 p.m.
  • GM 3 — Shelby Co. vs. West Jessamine — 6 p.m.
  • GM 4 — Butler vs. Boone Co. — 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday

  • GM 1 — Hopkinsville vs. Daviess Co. — 11 a.m.
  • GM 2 — Male vs. Warren Central — 1:30 p.m.
  • GM 3 — Lone Oak vs. Lexington Christian — 6 p.m.
  • GM 4 — Harrison Co. vs. Clay County — 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday

  • Quarterfinal 1 — 6 p.m.
  • Quarterfinal 2 — 8:30 p.m.

Thursday

  • Quarterfinal 3 — 6 p.m.
  • Quarterfinal 4 — 8:30 p.m.

Friday

  • Semifinal 1 — 6 p.m.
  • Semifinal 2 — 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

  • Championship — 7 p.m.

Links

  • Mike Fields of the Lexington Herald-Leader writes pitching depth will be key to the tournament as teams face the new “Sweet Sixteen” format for the first time in his preview of the action.
  • Fields will also be live blogging the action all week on his “Fields Notes” blog.
  • You can visit KHSAA’s tournament hub here.

BluGrass Baseball Kentucky Media Twitter List

College Baseball, High School Baseball, Minor League Baseball

It’s #FollowFriday on Twitter, so what better time to unveil the official BluGrass Baseball Kentucky baseball media twitter list. The goal is to compile relevant Twitter accounts from journalists who cover Kentucky baseball or media relations outfits of the various colleges and teams. Accounts are listed with twitter name, account owner and what Kentucky baseball news you can expect from each account. If I’ve missed any you can think of feel free to leave suggestions in the comments. You can follow the entire list on Twitter here. If you know of any accounts I’ve left out feel free to leave suggestions in the comments:

  • @BaseballAmericaBaseball America — Minor league, college, major league and high school baseball
  • @LouisvilleBatsLouisville Bats
  • @LexieLegendsLexington Legends
  • @BGHotRodsBowling Green Hot Rods
  • @UKAthleticsNewsUniversity of Kentucky Athletic Department — UK baseball
  • @bingram41 — UK Media Relations — UK baseball
  • @UKMitchBarnhart — Mitch Barnhart (UK Athletic Director) — UK baseball
  • @AReveletteLSE — Adam Revelette (Former UK pitcher with Examiner.com) — UK baseball, Lexington high school baseball
  • @wildcats — Brett Dawson (Courier-Journal) — UK baseball
  • @TCPMay — Matt May (The Cat’s Pause) — UK baseball
  • @RobGidel — Rob Gidel (The Cat’s Pause) — UK baseball
  • @UofLSportsUniversity of Louisville Athletic Department — UofL baseball
  • @uoflsports_cj — C. L. Bown (Courier Journal) — UofL baseball
  • @WKUCoachFinwood — WKU baseball head coach Chris Finwood — WKU baseball
  • @CHHerald_Sports — College Heights Herald — WKU baseball
  • @ekusportsEastern Kentucky University Athletic Department — EKU baseball
  • @NKUNorseNorthern Kentucky University Athletic Department– NKU baseball
  • @PCBearsBaseballPikeville College Baseball — Pikeville baseball
  • @BenBadler — Ben Badler (Baseball America) — Minor League baseball
  • @aaronfitt — Aaron Fitt (Baseball America) — College baseball
  • @ysportsncaab — Kendall Rogers (Yahoo! Sports and Rivals.com) — College baseball
  • @JimCallisBA — Jim Callis (Baseball America) — MLB draft, Minor league baseball, college baseball
  • @pingbaseball — National college baseball website — College baseball
  • @khsaabaseballKHSAA baseball — High school baseball
  • @KentuckySportsLexington Herald-Leader — UK baseball
  • @KYKernelSportsKentucky Kernel — UK baseball
  • @johnfayman — John Fayman (Cincinnati Enquirer) — Louisville Bats

2010 KHSAA Regional Champions

High School Baseball

Last week we listed each of the KHSAA district baseball champions and now the state tournament has progressed through the regional round. With the new “Sweet 16” style state tournament set to start Monday, we’ll now look at each of the 16 regional champions:

  • Region 1 — Lone Oak
  • Region 2 — Hopkinsville
  • Region 3 — Daviess County
  • Region 4 — Warren Central
  • Region 5 — Central Hardin
  • Region 6  — Butler
  • Region 7 — Male
  • Region 8 — Shelby County
  • Region 9 — Boone County
  • Region 10 — Harrison County
  • Region 11 — Lexington Christian Academy
  • Region 12 — West Jessamine
  • Region 13 — Clay County
  • Region 14 — Perry County Central
  • Region 15  — Pikeville
  • Region 16 — Greenup County

2010 KHSAA District Champions

High School Baseball

This is a little late but as KHSAA regional baseball tournaments are underway across the state I thought I’d recognize each of the district champions:

  • District 1 — Carlisle County High School
  • District 2 — Heath High School
  • District 3 — Graves County High School
  • District 4 — Murray
  • District 5 — Crittenden County
  • District 6 — Henderson County
  • District 7 — Madisonville-North Hopkins
  • District 8 — Hopkinsville
  • District 9 — Apollo
  • District 10 — Muhlenberg County
  • District 11 — Meade County
  • District 12 — Grayson County
  • District 13 — Russellville
  • District 14 — Warren Central
  • District 15 — Allen-County Scottsville
  • District 16 — Russell County
  • District 17 — Central Hardin
  • District 18 — LaRue County
  • District 19 — Nelson County
  • District 20 — Campbellsville
  • District 21 — Pleasure Ridge Park
  • District 22 — DeSales
  • District 23 — Butler
  • District 24 — Bullitt East
  • District 25 — Male
  • District 26 — Whitefield Academy
  • District 27 — Trinity
  • District 28 — Eastern
  • District 29 — Oldham County
  • District 30 — Shelby County
  • District 31 — Carroll County
  • District 32 — Simon Kenton
  • District 33 — Boone County
  • District 34 — Dixie Heights
  • District 35 — Holy Cross (Covington)
  • District 36 — Bellevue
  • District 37 — Bishop Brossart
  • District 38 — Harrison County
  • District 39 — Mason County
  • District 40 — George Rogers Clark
  • District 41 — Western Hills
  • District 42 — Henry Clay
  • District 43 — Lexington Christian
  • District 44 — Madison Central
  • District 45 — Danville
  • District 46 — West Jessamine
  • District 47 — Somerset
  • District 48 — Southwestern
  • District 49 — Clay County
  • District 50 — Corbin
  • District 51 — Knox Central
  • District 52 — Middlesboro
  • District 53 — Knott County Central
  • District 54 — Perry County Central
  • District 55 — Wolfe County
  • District 56 — Powell County
  • District 57 — Johnson Central
  • District 58 — Allen Central
  • District 59 — Pikeville
  • District 60 — Belfry
  • District 61 — Fleming County
  • District 62 — East Carter
  • District 63 — Greenup County

Kentucky High School Poll (May 8)

High School Baseball

The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association released its latest top 25 poll on May 6. Lexington Catholic is holding steady in the No. 1 spot as the regular season winds down but several teams can challenge the Nights. Check out the most rankings below with each team’s total points listed and number of first place votes in parentheses:

1.   Lexington Catholic — 218 — (16)
2.   Eastern — 200 — (4)
3.   Lexington Christian — 194
4.   St. Xavier — 159
5.   West Jessamine — 156 — (2)
6.   Apollo — 155
7.   Pleasure Ridge Park — 150
8.   Tates Creek — 144
9.   Harrison County — 122
10.   Male — 114
11.   Trinity — 108
12.   Western Hills — 105
13.   Elizabethtown — 97
14.   DeSales — 96
15.   Henderson County — 93
16.   Lafayette — 88
17.   DuPont Manual — 85
18.   Central Hardin — 73
19.   Franklin County — 70
20.   Madison Central — 64
21.   Russell County — 63
22.   George Rogers Clark — 55
23.   Mercer County — 50 — (1)
24.   Butler — 44
25.   Glasgow — 43

Louisville hosts most of top 25 in weekend tourney

High School Baseball

Kentucky high school baseball fans should head to Louisville this weekend for the biggest regular season event on the schedule. The eighth annual Louisville Invitational Tournament starts tonight with five games matching top 25 teams on the schedule. In all the 40-team field boasts 19 of the top 25 teams in the state and 15 of the top 16. Only No. 9 Harrison County isn’t participating.

Each school will play three games over the next three days at one of 10 hosting Jefferson County schools. No official tournament champion will be crowned. The scheduled is headlined by tonight’s matchup of No. 1 Lexington Catholic and No. 10 Male. For an in-depth preview of the event check out Jason Frakes story in the Courier Journal.

Lexington schools headline latest KHSBCA top 25

High School Baseball

The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its latest top 25, and two Lexington teams headline the rankings. No. 1 Lexington Catholic and No. 2 Lexington Christian will face off Tuesday in one of the biggest games of the high school season. For more information about the showdown check out Adam Revelette’s preview for Examiner.com here.

KHSCBA Top 25

  1. Lexington Catholic (22) — 786 pts.
  2. Lexington Christian (3) — 701 pts.
  3. Eastern (4) — 640 pts.
  4. Pleasure Ridge Park (1) — 619 pts.
  5. West Jessamine (7) — 600 pts.
  6. St. Xavier (4) — 591 pts.
  7. Tates Creek (1) — 518 pts.
  8. Apollo (2) — 453 pts.
  9. Harrison County (1) — 392
  10. Male — 367
  11. Trinity — 263
  12. Henderson County — 252
  13. Franklin County — 248
  14. Lafayette — 244
  15. Elizabethtown (1) — 240
  16. Ballard — 217
  17. Glasgow — 197
  18. Dupont Manual (1) — 190
  19. Central Hardin — 166
  20. Bullit East — 134
  21. Western Hills — 127
  22. Butler — 114
  23. Mercer County — 108
  24. Danville (1) — 99
  25. Bryan Station (1) — 96