• Aces advance to All “A” region semis with win
• Late run lifts Red Devils past Wildcats
Owensboro Catholic 7, Edmonson County 4
Mason Grant was strong on the mound and Owensboro Catholic capitalized on five Edmonson County errors to earn a 7-4 win at home to kick off the 3rd Region All “A” Tournament. Originally set to be played at Hancock County, the game was moved to Chautauqua Park due to field conditions.
Grant pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and striking out eight while walking three.
The Wildcats (8-3) struck first when they scored on an error, but the Aces (7-6) tied things up in the second when Hunter Small scored on a sacrifice fly by Sam McFarland.
A pair of errors by Edmonson County in the third inning led to a rally by Catholic, as Luke Scales, Andrew Wiman and Finley Munsey all scored for a 4-1 lead.
Wiman scored again in the fourth. After reaching base on a fielder’s choice, he stole second and third before scoring on a two-out single by Small. Wiman scored a third time in the sixth inning on a double by Munsey.
Edmonson County scored two runs in the top of the sixth on added one more in the seventh before Catholic closed out the win.
Wiman scored three times despite not recording a hit. McFarland and Small had two RBIs each, while Scales and Small had two hits a piece.
WP: Grant. LP: Vincent. 2B: Grant, Munsey (OC).
Owensboro 5, Franklin-Simpson 4
The Owensboro baseball team had to overcome three errors, but they pushed across the game-winning run in the sixth inning to beat Franklin-Simpson 5-4 at home.
The Red Devils (7-5) fell behind 1-0 when the Wildcats (7-8) plated a run in the top of the third inning, but Owensboro responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame. They never trailed again, but the teams were tied twice before the Devils went ahead for good.
Franklin-Simpson scored two in the top of the fourth and Owensboro added one in the bottom half, then the Wildcats evened the score once more in the fifth.
Both teams finished with seven hits and three errors. Owensboro gave up three unearned runs compared to two for Franklin-Simpson.
Nick Belcher was the only Red Devils to earn two hits, one of which went for a double. He also had an RBI and scored once. Kobe Coomes also double and scored a run.
Belcher picked up the win on the mound through two innings of work. He gave up a run and one hit, striking out two and giving up two walks. Starting pitcher Corey Gibson last four innings and Trace Grenier struck out two in the final frame.
WP: Belcher. LP: Heinze. 2B: Fiveash (FS), Belcher, Coomes (O).