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BUCKNER – It’s Derby week and the Oldham County Colonels decided to run.
Taking advantage of what North Oldham gave them, the OCHS baseball team clinched the top seed in the district tourney Tuesday as they literally ran by the Mustangs for an 11-6 win.
The win gives the Colonels a 4-0 record in district play with two games left with Trimble County and assures them of the No. 1 seed in the district tournament later this month.
“I just told the guys we did the best job we have done all year of running the bases,” OCHS coach Scott Gerlach said. “We have worked on it since early in the year and we were able to take advantage and get the extra base which set us up in some good hitting situations and made us able to force the issue on offense.”
NOMS got a solid four innings of work from starting pitcher Austin Love, but committed six errors forcing coach Matt Walker to pull Love in favor of Chris Tyler.
OCHS took an early 3-0 lead, only to see the Mustangs come back and tie the game, then go up 6-3 before the Colonels responded with a five-run inning and then added some more insurance to win.
“The first four innings was a pretty good battle,” Walker said. “They put together the big inning and got back up and we folded.
“We made six errors. Our starting pitching was good. Austin threw it well he just didn’t get any help behind him.”
The Colonels got up 3-0 in the top of the second when Dan Dwinnells led off the inning with a walk and stole second. Dylan Sims reached on a high chopper off Love’s glove and Dwinnells scored when Taylor Riggs grounded out to second.
Dylan Chisholm made it 2-0 with a sharp line shot off Love’s glove and the final run scored when Jacob Wiese struck out, but on a short hop to catcher Dylan Grandon, Wiese reached safely when Grandon’s throw to first hit him in the back allowing the third run to score.
NOHS came right back to tie the game against OCHS starter Steven Holton. Cleanup hitter Nick Harley started the inning with a single to left followed by a walk to Nate Braden. After Kent Rusch flied out, Larry Parella loaded the bases with a line drive single to center.
Love drove in the first run with a soft liner to left. Mike Gant scored the next run when Wiese tried to make a sliding catch of his short pop to right center and dropped the ball. Wiese, however, recovered quickly enough to get the force play at second base for the second out after the second run score.
NOHS tied it on Jason Sterrett’s groundball single to left.
The Mustangs took a 6-3 lead in the third inning when Harley started the rally again with another groundball single to left.
With two outs, Rusch was hit by a pitch to reach followed by a double down the left field line from Parella to make it 4-3. Sean Cummings, running for Rusch, scored on a wild pitch before Love scored the final run when he reached on an infield error to make it 6-3.
The NOHS lead, however, was short lived as the Colonels came back to score five runs in the fourth and to ahead 8-6.
Dylan Chisholm drew a one-out walk to start the scoring followed by a line drive single to left from Adam Pontrich.
NOHS botched a double play ball to second by Wiese that allowed Chisholm to score and left both runners on.
The Colonels made it 6-5 when Josh Kovach reached on an infield error before Brad Reinbold tied it with a groundball single to left.
With two outs, Blaine Whitehouse drew a walk to load the bases and Dylan Sims made it 8-6 with a single to left.
The Colonels came back with three more runs in the fifth for the final margin. Pontrich’s one-out single up the middle started the rally followed by a single to right center from Wiese that saw Walker pull Love in favor of Chris Tyler. Love scattered seven hits against six strikeouts and three walks in four and one-third innings.
Kovach made it 9-6 with a bloop single to right. Reinbold was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Dwinnells made it 11-6 with a groundball single to right.
From there, Kovach shut the Mustangs down in relief of Holton. He faced 12 batters giving up two hits against four strikeouts and no walks.
“Josh did an outstanding job of coming and cleaning up for Steven,” Gerlach said. “He came in and threw strikes which is all you can ask in that situation.”
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