Jun 6, 2012 11:20 AM
Ashland Blazer shut out South Laurel 7-0 in the second day of first round action in the Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament.
The Cardinals failed to capitalize on early opportunities to put runs on the board. South Laurel loaded up the bases in the first inning on three walks, but couldn't plate a run. In the third inning, the Cards moved runners to second and third, but came away empty again. From there, Tomcat pitcher Sam Hunter settled in and shut down South Laurel. The senior hurler gave up just four hits and struck out 14 Cardinal batters in a complete game shutout.
South Laurel pitcher Austin Vigeant was strong early, giving up only two hits and no runs in his first three and two-thirds innings of work. Ashland broke the deadlock in the fourth when Evan Yongue drove in a pair of runs on a two-out double. Aaron Elam's RBI single put the Tomcats up 3-0 in the fifth. Ashland batted through the order in the sixth, scoring four runs on three hits, sparked by an Elam two-run double.
Ashland will face Meade County on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The it took a wild pitch to advance the Green Wave. After nearly seven innings of scoreless baseball, Andrew Zabel stole home to lift Meade County to a 1-0 win over Calloway County.
With the game deadlocked at 0-0, a runner at third, two outs and two strikes on the batter, Calloway County pitcher Dylan Dwyer threw one in the dirt. He got the strikeout, but the ball got away from the catcher and Zabel darted home for the winning run.
Both pitchers threw complete game two-hitters. Dwyer, a UK signee, struck out 13 batters and walked five. Bo Wilson finished with six strikeouts and walked only one batter to come away with the win for Meade County.
In the other quarterfinal game Friday, Henderson County will face Newport Central Catholic at 6 p.m.
Henderson County rolled over North Oldham 10-0 in a five inning game. Sam Higgs pitched all five innings for the Colonels, giving up only two hits. The junior finished the day with five strikeouts. Avery Pitt drove in five runs on a pair of doubles to lead the Henderson County offense.
Newport Catholic scored a pair of first inning runs off a Nick Wolterman triple and held on for a 3-2 victory over No. 17 Pleasure Ridge Park. The Thoroughbreds plated their third run in the third inning on a Josh Cain RBI single. PRP rallied for two runs in the bottom of the third, but couldn't generate any more offense against Connor Bartels. The Panthers only managed three hits off the junior, who finished with eight strikeouts.