Mason County’s dominance on the diamond over Bracken County continued.
The Royals won their seventh straight contest over the Polar Bears with an 11-2 victory at the Royals field Wednesday evening. Mason County recorded nine hits and took advantage of five Polar Bear errors to cruise to their first win of the season (1-3).
“We’ve just got to piece some things together, just keep working at it and see what we can come up with,” Royals coach Tom Posey said.
Malkolm Devine and Dylan Mitchell combined for a no-hitter through five innings before Bracken was able to put some hits up in the top of the sixth off Nicholas Bramel, plating their only two runs of the contest in the frame. Carson Brammer came on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning to close out the contest.
After leaving the bases juiced in the first inning, the Royals were able to put a crooked number on the scoreboard in the second inning as Devine hit an RBI double followed by Tyler Fearis’ two-run single, all with two outs.
“You keep things going, score runs with two outs, you got a chance to put yourself in a good position to win,” Posey said.
Two more runs were plated in the fourth when Devine drove in his second run of the day on a swinging bunt single, followed by another swinging bunt single by David Selby, plating another run. In the two-run fourth, a ball didn’t leave the infield as a Bracken County error helped extend the inning.
The Royals were able to stretch the lead to 7-0 in the fifth as Bramel scored on a wild pitch and Nickolas Frame drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center.
Logan Sorrell’s single in the top of the sixth ended the Royals no-hit bid. Sorrell would eventually score on a Tad Fisher RBI groundout and the Polar Bears would plate another on Travis Tucker’s infield RBI single.
“Last couple games we have been coming around at the plate, I think we took a step back at the plate tonight,” Polar Bears coach Josh Cummins said.
The score became more lopsided in the bottom half of the sixth when the Polar Bears fielding hit a cold spell, committing three errors in the frame, allowing four Royals runs to score. The four-run sixth was highlighted by Frame collecting his second and third RBI of the day on a bases loaded single.
In the win, Mason County was backed by some solid fielding, not recording an error and making the routine plays when necessary.
“We’ve been a hit and miss so far because of weather but hopefully we can get a few days together here and get a chance to get out and get things going and get in a routine,” Posey said.
The win starts off a busy stretch for the Royals, playing the first of four games in four days. The usage on the mound in the contest explained that, trying to keep pitch counts low for availability in the coming days.
“That’s what you have to do when you plan on playing four games in four days. We got to watch pitch counts and give these guys a chance to compete and get out there. We’ve got guys that have to throw and don’t have much varsity time and they’re going to get it this year,” Posey said.
They’ll host Rowan County and George Rogers Clark on Thursday and Friday, respectively, before playing in the David Iery Foundation Showcase on Saturday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington on Saturday against Jenkins.
The Polar Bears, also dealing with a busy stretch of three games in three days, will host Robertson County Thursday for their third consecutive day with a contest.
“Any day we can go out and compete and have a chance to redeem ourselves. That’s what we talked about in postgame, there’s a lot of these guys going home who aren’t too happy with what they did at the plate and have a chance tomorrow to redeem themselves,” Cummins said.
For a team with a shortage of arms on the mound, stretches like these can be tough, regardless of the opponent.
“There’s a strategy, especially when you consider playing three games in three nights. I’m open and honest with the guys and I want them to be open and honest with me on how they’re feeling. Everyone knows we’re short on pitching so everyone knows there’s innings out there. In practice everyone is throwing bullpens, so now it’s time for some guys to step up and see what they can do in the game,” Cummins said.
2B- Devine (MC)
RBIs- (BC) Tad Fisher, Tucker (MC) Frame 3, Devine 2, Fearis 2, Selby
LOB- Bracken 5, Mason 8
WP- Mitchell. LP-Tanner Fisher.
Records: Bracken County 1-4, Mason County 1-3