Posted: Jun 7, 2012 10:59 AM
The Woodford County High School baseball team put together a late rally to earn a trip to the Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament semifinal round with a 7-3 victory over South Warren Wednesday night.
The Yellow Jackets (32-6) trailed 3-1 going into the fifth inning, but scored three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to earn its 13th straight win of the year.
Woodford jumped out on top early, taking a 1-0 lead on a Chris Ares RBI single.
South Warren (23-14-1) took a 2-1 lead in the second when Patrick Barnett drove the ball deep into center field for a two-run double. An groundout RBI off the bat of Cole Dillard put the Spartans up 3-1 in the fourth.
Yellow Jacket speedster Justin Brown got the Woodford rally going when a pitch hit him. The senior then stole second and sprinted home on a single by Gage Beavers. Up next, Rodney Gross bunted and ran all the way to third on a throwing error, pushing home the second Jacket run. Logan Parrett hit a single to drive Gross home and put Woodford up 4-3.
A two-out single by Beavers drove in two more runs in the sixth, and Gross blasted a double to right field, plating the final Jacket run.
Parrett pitched five innings for the Yellow Jackets and earned the win. The junior threw a four-hitter, striking out six Spartans. J.T. O'Reel came in and pitched two innings of scoreless ball to preserve the win.
South Warren threatened in the sixth, but Ares threw Ty Pitts out at the plate from center field to end the inning.
Woodford County finished with nine hits.
With Parrett only pitching five frames, he should be available Saturday should Woodford advance to the championship game.
To get there, the Jackets will have to get passed Bishop Brossart. The Mustangs (27-12) rallied in the sixth to upset No. 3 St. Xavier 5-3 and reach the semifinals.
Trailing 3-1 in the sixth, Mustang leftie Tanner Norton ripped a two-run double to left field to tie the game. Bobby Roderick singled in the winning run.
Sophomore Nate Verst threw a complete game to earn the win for the Mustangs.
Bishop Brossart and Woodford will square off at 6 p.m. on Friday.