The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its preseason top 25 rankings. Check out the list below or at the KHSBCA website here. (Note the two-way tie for No. 14 and three-way tie for No. 19)
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.)
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:
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.
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.
Quarterfinal 1 — 6 p.m.
Quarterfinal 2 — 8:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal 3 — 6 p.m.
Quarterfinal 4 — 8:30 p.m.
Semifinal 1 — 6 p.m.
Semifinal 2 — 8:30 p.m.
Championship — 7 p.m.
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.
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: