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Jun 5, 2012 10:50 AM

State Baseball Tourney: Woodford Advances, Mercer County Bounced

Woodford County overcame a late Powell County rally to advance in the Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament Monday night.

Junior pitcher Clinton Hollon's 90 mph fast ball stymied Powell County hitters for six innings, and the Yellow Jackets built a 3-0 lead as Hollon mowed down Pirates batters.

Zach Hacker's double led to the first Woodford County run in the second inning. The Yellow Jackets went up 2-0 in the third, sparked by an Eli Boggess triple. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Logan Parrett gave Woodford County a 3-0 lead in the fifth.

With Hollon's pitch count rising, Yellow Jacket coach Jeff Parrett sent Boggess to the mound in the top of the seventh. At that point, the smooth cruise got stormy for Woodford. Powell County quickly got two runners on base with a walk and a Woodford error. The Pirates plated their first run on a Elliott Hale RBI single. Up 3-1 with runners on second and third, Parrett put Hollon back in the game. The junior struck out one batter, but Cody Morton finally solved Hollon and cracked an RBI single to tie the game.

Woodford won it in the bottom of the seventh. Justin Brown got on base after a pitch hit him and scored on a walk-off single by Rodney Gross.

Hollon, ranked the top junior pitching prospect in the nation, finished the with 14 strikeouts.

Powell County pitcher Billy Hatmaker pitched a strong game as well, giving up just five hits.

The Pirates committed three errors on the night.

In the quarterfinal round, Woodford will take on South Warren, a 3-1 winner over No. 12 Central Hardin. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

St. Xavier 4 - Mercer County 0

No. 3 St. Xavier proved too much for a young Mercer County squad.

Tiger pitcher Sam Melchior dominated, striking out eight batters en route to a 1-hit shutout.

The Titans hung with St. X for five innings. But in the top of the sixth, Andrew Willinger blasted a two-run homer deep into left-center field, sparking a four-run inning. That was all Melchior needed.

The Titans threatened in the third after Jon Banks got on with a leadoff single. Austin Horn walked to put two runners on base with one out. But A St. X double play snuffed the threat.

Mercer County starter J.T. Long allowed just four hits in six innings of work.He struck out two.

St. Xavier will face Bishop Brossart on Wednesday.

The Mustangs got passed Pikeville 4-2 to advance. Zach Fardo limited the Panthers to four hits in six innings of work. Trevor Bezold led Bishop Brossart with an RBI triple.

J.P. Coleman and Jacob Burke both drove in runs for Pikeville.

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