Baseball beckons for postseason

EVAN DENNISON - [email protected]
Mason County’s Landon Bowling tags second base in a game against West Carter earlier this season. The Royals look for a three-peat in the 39th District Tournament when they face off with Bracken County, Monday at 7 p.m. -

Despite all the rainouts, postponements, cancellations and rescheduling teams had to endure, the KHSAA baseball postseason is here.

District tournament play begins throughout the state on Monday and we’ll take a look at each district tournament from the area.

Starting off will be in Brooksville for the 39th District Tournament.

39TH DISTRICT:

The friendly confines of Glacier Field is this year’s host as Bracken County will take on Mason County in one semifinal, while St. Patrick and Augusta will meet in the other.

The Saints and Panthers will kick off play Monday evening at 5 p.m., with the Royals and Polar Bears to follow shortly after.

St. Patrick (5-5) and Augusta (1-10) are no stranger to one another, having played four times this season already. The Panthers were able to win the first one 12-7, while the Saints have won the last three by a combined score of 35-14. Each game in the series has featured at least 13 runs scored, oddly enough, none of the games have gone past the fifth inning.

The Saints enter as winners in four of their past five while Augusta has lost nine straight.

For the Polar Bears and Royals, they’ve played just once this season, an 11-2 Royals victory back on April 11. When the two meet again Monday at 7 p.m., the Polar Bears (11-10) will enter with a little more confidence as they’ve won seven of their last 11 after a 4-6 start to the season.

After a three-game winning streak to get them to 4-5, the Royals (8-11) have sputtered down the stretch, losing six of their last 10 games to close out the season. The eight wins are the least they’ve had in a season to this point since 2011 and are in danger of having their first losing record for a season since 2011. Mason County will be looking for their third straight district title while the Polar Bears will look to avenge seven straight losses to the Royals.

The winners of the two contests face off Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the championship.

61ST DISTRICT:

Fleming County (14-9) enters as the No. 3 seed taking on Bath County (20-6), Monday at 7:30 p.m., in Morehead. The Wildcats were able to take both regular season matchups, 13-11 on April 30 and 8-5 on May 1.

Since then, Fleming County is 7-2 while Bath is 5-3. In the first matchup between the two, the contest was tied at 8-all before Bath broke out the bats and scored five runs in the seventh, the Panthers rally came up just short in the bottom half of the frame.

Fleming held a 5-3 lead in the fourth in the second meeting, only to see their lead evaporate over the next two innings as the Wildcats plated five runs to take the lead for good.

Rowan County (26-6) is the host and should have no problems advancing to the district championship as they open up with Menifee County (10-14) on Monday at 5:30 p.m. The Vikings beat Menifee twice by a combined score of 24-0 in 10 innings of play, both wins by run-rule.

The winners of the two would then face of on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the championship.

63RD DISTRICT:

Lewis County (12-11) faces the tough task of having to take down Greenup County (31-5). The Lions are the host for the tourney that starts Monday at 5 p.m.

Greenup enters as the No. 6 team in the state in the latest KHSBCA poll and the No. 1 seed in the district, going 5-1. The Lions enter at 1-5 in district play. The Musketeers won the two matchups during the regular season, 12-1 on April 30 and 11-0 in five innings on May 1. The Lions did hold out ace pitcher Seth Wright in the two contests, so it’s a cause for optimism for the Lions, also playing on their home field.

Imagine Greenup will be extra cautious and not overlook an opponent in this one though after getting upset by Raceland in the first round of district play last season.

Following that matchup will be Raceland (24-5) and Russell (14-16) at 7:30 p.m. The Rams and Red Devils split their two regular season matchups. Raceland is the No. 2 seed with a 4-2 record in district play, while the Red Devils went 2-4.

The 63rd District Championship will be Tuesday at 6 p.m.

38TH DISTRICT:

Robertson County (7-13) has won three straight, but have a tough matchup come Monday when they take on Nicholas County (22-7) at 7 p.m.

The Bluejackets defeated the Black Devils twice in the regular season by a combined score of 37-3 in 10 innings of play, both games ending in a run-rule.

The host Harrison County (16-14) takes on Pendleton County (6-21) in the first game of the tournament at 5 p.m. The Thorobreds won both games during the regular season, 12-2 on April 6 and 14-1 on April 10.

The 38th District Championship will be Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Mason County’s Landon Bowling tags second base in a game against West Carter earlier this season. The Royals look for a three-peat in the 39th District Tournament when they face off with Bracken County, Monday at 7 p.m.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_042318-spt-masonbaseball.jpgMason County’s Landon Bowling tags second base in a game against West Carter earlier this season. The Royals look for a three-peat in the 39th District Tournament when they face off with Bracken County, Monday at 7 p.m.

EVAN DENNISON

[email protected]