May 30, 2012 10:41 AM
The team ranked No. 1 in the state will not play in the KHSAA state baseball tournament this year.
Lexington Catholic spent most of the season firmly entrenched on top, but tenth ranked Bryan Station toppled the mighty Knights in the 11th Region tournament Tuesday night.
The Defenders will play No 15 Woodford County, a 3-2 extra inning winner over No. 8 Madison Central, in the championship game Wednesday evening.
Bryan Station topped Catholic 2-1 behind a superb pitching performance by UK signee Ryne Combs. The senior gave up just two hits and a run, both in the first inning. After that, Combs settled in and shut the Knights down. When all was said and done, he walked off the field with a complete game two-hitter, four strikeouts, three walks and a chance to play for a regional title.
Lexington Catholic's Tyler Jackson hit a double off the Bryan Station lefty to drive in the Knights' lone run in the opening frame.
The Defenders tied the game in the bottom of the first off a Catholic throwing error and plated the winning run in the fourth frame. Brandon Mayle-George led off the Defender fourth with a double off Lexington Catholic starter Colton Cleary, and Ryan Jourdan doubled to score the pinch runner.
The Knights got runners on base in the sixth and seventh innings with leadoff walks, but Combs pitched his way out of both innings.
Woodford 3 Madison Central 2
Woodford County hurler Logan Parrett pitched a gem as well, taking a perfect game into the seventh inning.
Madison Central spoiled perfection, tying things up in the final inning, but the Yellow Jackets rallied for a run in the eighth to earn a trip to the 11th Region championship game.
The Yellow Jackets took a 2-0 lead in the very first inning on an Indian throwing error, and Parrett retired the first 19 batters he faced. Madison Central finally shattered the perfect game with one out in the seventh. Cole Metcalfe singled to left field and then sprinted to second when the bag was left uncovered. A walk put the tying run on first, setting things up for Ben Fisher, who drove Metcalfe home and advanced the tying run to third with a single. Logan Hunt grounded out, but drove in the tying run for the Indians.
Gage Beavers started things off for Woodford in the bottom of the eighth, driving the ball deep to left field for a double. Rodney Gross laid down a bunt and Beavers made it safely to third, putting runners at the corners. The Indians walked the next batter to load the bases, and Beavers charged home when an errant pitch got away from the Madison Central catcher.
Woodford County and Bryan Station will face off for the 11th Region crown and a trip to the state tourney Wednesday evening at Tates Creek High School. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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