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 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)
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)
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