With the wind blowing out to left field, Fleming County playing at Mason County had the makings to be a slug fest.
It was that, but an error fest as well, mainly for the Royals, dropping the contest 14-8 to the Panthers. The win gives Fleming a win in the rivalry series for the second straight season, something they haven’t done since 2012-13.
It was a game that featured 22 runs, 20 hits, 13 errors and four home runs. The Panthers were the ones doing the majority of the scoring and hitting with the 14 runs and 14 hits while the Royals were doing most of the error committing, racking up nine in the contest.
The homer parade started with the first at-bat as Nick Clark led off with a shot to right, the Panthers would add two more to jump out to a quick 3-0 lead as Andrew Jackson and Jarrod Tolle also collected RBIs.
They’d make it 5-0 in the second as Clark added another RBI with a double followed by a Jonathan Maher RBI.
Four more would come across in the third and three Mason County errors were the culprit of that as the Royals committed five of them in the first three innings, putting themselves in a 9-0 deficit.
Two Fleming County errors in the bottom half of the third gave the Royals their first run of the night making it 9-1 after three innings of play.
After trading a run apiece in the fourth to make it 10-2, it looked as if the Panthers were going to make it a quick five-inning game with three more runs in the fifth to make it 13-2, the Royals facing a run-rule. Zeke Conn’s shot over the left field fence got the scoring started off in the frame with Clark adding his third RBI of the night on a run-scoring double while Jackson put another run up after reaching on an error.
Needing two runs to keep the contest going, J’Kari Gause and David Selby took their turns visiting souveneir city with shots over the fence. Gause’s was a no-doubter, clearing the Fleming County bus in left and landing on the soccer fields. Selby’s shot made it 13-4 after five innings of play.
Trying to make it interesting, the Royals would add three more in the sixth, two coming off a Carson Brammer single followed by a Brayden Porter RBI single. But the Royals would leave the bases loaded for the second consecutive inning, ending the threat in the sixth at a score of 13-7.
The two would trade runs in the seventh bringing the final to 14-8.
Clark’s big day at the plate paced the Panthers with the three extra-base hits and four RBIs. Maher also added three RBIs and got the win on the mound, pitching five innings, allowing four hits and four runs while walking five and striking out five. Conn added two RBIs as they improve to 7-5 on the year and return to action Monday, at home against Bath County.
Gause and Brammer paved the way for the Royals with two RBI’s apiece. Dylan Mitchell took the loss on the mound, recording just five outs before Brammer took over in relief. Seven unearned runs in the contest proved to be Mason County’s undoing. The loss dropped them to 4-7 as they face Bourbon County on the road, Monday.
2B- (FC) Clark 2
3B- (MC) Devine
HR- (FC) Clark, Conn (MC) Gause, Selby
RBI- (FC) Clark 4, Maher 3, Conn 2, Jackson, Tolle, Lutz (MC) Gause 2, Brammer 2, Bowling, Selby, Porter
LOB- Fleming 9, Mason 11
WP- Maher. LP-Mitchell.
Records- Fleming County 7-5, Mason County 4-7