Top two teams face off

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Pleasure Ridge Park’s Matthew Cavanaugh holds up the ball after tagging St. Xavier’s Brandon Tucker at first base during the fourth inning of a first round Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament game, Thursday, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. - Jared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent
- Jared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent

GREENUP COUNTY 10, MUHLENBERG COUNTY 0 (6 INNINGS)

Greenup County made quick work of Muhlenberg County in the first round of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament, claiming a 10-0 run-rule victory.

The Musketeers got going with their first batter of the game, as Gage Hughes, who was selected in the 24th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday, tripled to right field and scored on an error. The Mustangs had six errors in the game.

Greenup County added two runs in the bottom of the third, the first coming on a single from Collier Wireman and the second coming on a Muhlenberg County error. They added their fourth run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Braden Conley.

A two-run double from Wireman got the scoring started in a five-run fifth inning for the Musketeers. Kyle Gammon singled home the seventh run of the game, before the Musketeers tacked on two more unearned runs to make it 9-0.

Wireman ended the game in the bottom of the sixth with a walkoff single to right field.

Ryan Lambert moved to 13-0 on the season with the victory. He allowed only two hits and one walk in six innings pitched, striking out two batters.

Brennan Myers took the loss for Muhlenberg County, who finishes the season with a 21-15 record.

Greenup County moves to 37-5 and will face Hazard in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

ST. XAVIER 13, PLEASURE RIDGE PARK 7

A matchup that featured the top two teams in the state lived up to its billing for six innings before the Tigers broke the contest open with six runs in the top of the seventh.

Ryan Nicholson started the scoring with a leadoff triple and crossed home plate a couple pitches later on a passed ball to put St. X up for good. They’d put the next four batters on base without recording a hit, three reaching via walk and one on an error where they were willing to give up an out with a sacrifice bunt.

All four would eventually score as Cam Scheler’s two-run blast capped off the damage in the frame to make it a six-run game in a contest that was much closer than it played out to be.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Alex Adams hit a leadoff triple and scored on the play with an errant throw. Adams would go on to score four runs in the contest, going 2-for-2 with three walks.

PRP quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning when David Rucker’s one-out double scored Noah McDonald to even things up. The Panthers kept the pressure on in the second by adding four runs, two of them on a St. X miscue on a two-out pop-up with the bases loaded to make it a 5-1 game.

St. X answered back in the third with four runs of their own to knot things up at 5-all after 2.5 innings of play.

In an uncharacteristically error-filled contest, three from the Tigers and four from the Panthers, PRP regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth with two runs scored on a Dylan Carnes single, the second run scoring on a Tigers error, making it 7-6.

The No. 1 team in the state quickly responded to tie things up at 7-apiece when Bryce Elmore’s one-out single scored Andrew Littleton, who led off the fifth with a double.

The score would remain that way until the Tigers six-run outburst in the seventh to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal against the LaRue County-Boyle County winner, a game that was not completed yet by press time.

Saturday’s contest will take place at 1:30 p.m., following the Greenup County-Hazard winner.

St. X improved to 34-2 with the victory, PRP’s season ends at 28-7, a season in which they lost their legendary coach Bill Miller to cancer. Miller owned a state record 1,144 wins in a 39-year coaching career. The loss also signals a new state champion as the Panthers claimed the title a season ago.

HAZARD 5, CORBIN 1

Devin Morris pitched Hazard to the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament quarterfinals with a 5-1 victory over Corbin in the opening round on Thursday.

Morris shut out Corbin and allowed only one hit until the bottom of the sixth. He finished with 16 strikeouts in the game, allowing three hits and four walks in the complete game victory.

Hazard took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Kyle Johnson scored on a ground out from Trajon Campbell. The Bulldogs added three more in the third, coming on an RBI double from Bailey Blair, an RBI single from Andy Baker and an RBI Double from Dalton Baker. Hazard tacked on their fifth run in the fifth on a bunt from Morris that scored Campbell.

Corbin plated their only run in the bottom of the sixth with a single from Noah Taylor that scored Chase Estep.

Estep took the loss for Corbin, who finishes the season with a 24-13 record. He went four innings and allowed four earned runs.

Hazard moves to 25-9 and advances to Saturday’s 11 a.m. quarterfinal where they’ll take on Greenup County.

BOYLE COUNTY-LARUE COUNTY, LATE

The game was not completed at press time. The winner of this one plays St. Xavier, Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Pleasure Ridge Park’s Matthew Cavanaugh holds up the ball after tagging St. Xavier’s Brandon Tucker at first base during the fourth inning of a first round Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament game, Thursday, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_state-baseball_1.jpgPleasure Ridge Park’s Matthew Cavanaugh holds up the ball after tagging St. Xavier’s Brandon Tucker at first base during the fourth inning of a first round Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament game, Thursday, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. Jared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent

https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_2017-khsaa-baseball-logo-color-1.jpgJared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent
A look at Thursday’s state tournament opening round action

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