Colonels beat error prone Pioneers 6-3

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By Mickey Patterson

NEW CASTLE – What Simon Kenton gave, the Oldham County baseball team took.The Colonels scored a 6-3 win over Simon Kenton Monday in the opening round of the Eighth Region tournament by taking advantage of five Simon Kenton errors and two wild pitches that allowed runs to score.“They (Simon Kenton) made some mistakes and in the playoffs you have to capitalize on those to win and we did,” OCHS coach Scott Gerlach said. “The guys also did a really good job with some heads up baserunning.”The Colonels scored three in the third inning and two more in the fourth after the Pioneers cut the lead to 3-2 in their half of the fourth.Travis Riggs started the Colonels’ third inning rally by reaching on an infield error. Steve Holton drew a walk and Adam Pontrich came through with a bunt single to load the bases.Riggs scored on a wild pitch before Jacob Wiese was hit to load the bases again.Holton scored on another wild pitch to make it 2-0. Josh Kovach then delivered a sacrifice fly to deep center field to make it 3-0.After the Pioneers cut the lead to 3-2. The Colonels padded their lead with two more runs in the fourth.Nick Denise walked and stole second to start the inning. With two outs, Holton reached on an infield error that scored Denise. Holton scored when Wiese hit a groundball to first base and was hit in the chest by the relay throw from the first baseman to the pitcher covering the bag leaving all runners safe.The Colonels final run came in the fifth on a solo home run from Denise.The Colonels also rode another stellar pitching performance on the mound from senior ace Ian Andrews. Andrews went the distance scattering four hits against three walks and nine strikeouts.“Ian was really tough out there again,” Gerlach said. “He is doing everything we can ask of him.”

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