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)
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)
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.)
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:
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
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.