The Ashland Beacon
64th District Baseball
BOYD COUNTY 22-9
Boyd County captured the 64th District Championship with a 13-1 win over Rose Hill and 6-2 defeat of Ashland in the title game.
Boyd County cruised into the championship with a five-inning run rule win over Rose Hill. Three Boyd County pitchers combined to toss a one-hitter and struck out nine. The Lions tallied 15 hits in the win. Luke Preston, Brad Newsome and Gunnar Gerahart each had a pair of hits and all three doubled. Jason Ellis added a triple and drove in three.
Jacob Vanover worked six innings and struck out 11 as Boyd County captured the district crown. Boyd County hammered out 10 hits led by Jake Biggs’ 3 for 3 night. Biggs tripled and drove home a run. Vanover and Preston each had a pair of hits.
Boyd County cruised to a 13-1 win over Elliott County in the opening round of the 16th Region Tournament Sunday and faced Raceland Monday night for a chance to advance to the championship game.
Ashland went 1-1 this week by knocking off Fairview, 14-4 in the opening round of the 64th District Tournament and a 6-2 loss to Boyd County in the championship.
Ryan Atkins worked five innings and struck out 11 in the win over Fairview. Sawyer Edens and NeShawn Peppers went 3 for 4. Edens tripled and drove in a pair. Colin Howard was 3 for 3, doubled and drove in two. LaBryant Strader added a triple and drove in two as well.
Ashland scratched only four hits in the loss to Boyd County. Jack Heineman tripled and Strader doubled. Edens and Ryan Brown added singles.
Ashland fell in a pitching duel to Rowan County 3-1 in the opening round of the 16th Region Tournament.
Fairview’s season came to a close in the 64th District Tournament in a 14-4 loss to Ashland. Jaxon Manning took the decision from the hill, allowing nine runs—only three earned—in 3 1/3 innings of work. Fairview tallied six hits in the losing effort. Chase Bradley and Bradly Adkins doubled.
ROSE HILL 11-10
Rose Hill closed its season with a 13-1, five inning loss to Boyd County in the opening round of the district tournament. Jacob Tyler had the lone Royals hit.
63rd District Baseball
Raceland cruised to a 63rd District title with a 9-4 win over Lewis County in the opening round and an 11-1, six inning win over Russell in the championship.
Jake Holtzapfel earned the win over Lewis County, going 6 1/3 innings from the bump. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Clay Coldiron, Parker Fanning and Conner Hughes each had a pair of hits. Coldiron had a double, triple and drove in three. Andrew Floyd provided a two RBI single.
Floyd limited Russell to only one run while striking out seven in the district championship. Coldiron and Eli Lynd had a pair of hits. Holtzapfel and Ben Taylor drove in a pair.
Raceland fell behind 5-0 to Fleming County in the opening round of the 16th Region Tournament but rallied for a 10-7 win. The Rams faced Boyd County Monday night in the semi-finals.
GREENUP COUNTY 20-12
Greenup County’s season came to an end in a 2-1 loss to Russell in the opening round of the district tournament. Carson Wireman suffered the loss giving up both Russell runs. He struck out six and walked two. Logan Bays had a pair of hits and Hunter Clevenger doubled.
Russell defeated Greenup County, 2-1 in the opening round and fell to Raceland 11-1 in the championship.
Trent Tice and Nathan Totten homered in the first inning and the two runs proved to be enough for the win against the Musketeers. Totten added a single in his only other at bat. JK McKnight worked six innings of one hit baseball and struck out three. Tice earned the save by throwing a scoreless seventh.
Tice suffered the loss to Raceland and was touched up for eight runs with only one being earned as the Devils tallied six errors in the contest. Russell recorded five hits in the game with Brayden Hartman’s solo shot to open the second providing the only Russell run.
Russell dropped a 5-2 decision to East Carter in the opening round of the 16th Region Tournament to close out the season at 17-12.