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Colonels hold off Mustangs 3-1

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By Mickey Patterson

BUCKNER – The only thing that wasn’t sloppy about the evening was the pitching. Battling off and on rain all evening long, Oldham County’s Jake Armstrong and North Oldham’s Chris Tyler staged an old fashioned pitcher’s duel Friday with Armstrong and the Colonels coming out on top 3-1. “Both kids threw very well in some really sloppy conditions,” OCHS coach Scott Gerlach said. “The Tyler kid made one mistake and we were fortunate we were able to take advantage of it with a big hit.” The Colonels big hit came in the bottom of the first inning when Ryan Lakin caught a Tyler fastball on the sweet spot and sent it sailing over the center field wall. The shot scored leadoff hitter Brandon Walton who had drawn a walk and stole second base to open the inning. “It’s always good to score first in conditions like we had,” Gerlach said. “We couldn’t relax because North is a good team, but it did give us some breathing room.” From that point the Colonels would notch only one more hit off Tyler, a single off the right field wall by James Knezevich in the fourth inning. Tyler finished the game with six strikeouts and five walks. The Colonels rode the arm of Armstrong the rest of the way. The junior righthander struck out eight batters and walked just four. “It was a very solid game for Jake,” Gerlach said. “It was good to see him pitch like that because he didn’t have a very good outing the game before and he came out excited to pitch against North and did a good job.” The Colonels gave Armstrong a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Dylan Chisholm and Lakin both drew walks. With Tyler Riggs at the plate, OCHS went for a double steal. NOHS catcher Tyler Cheatham and third baseman Larry Parella were unable to connect on the throw as it made it into left field allowing Chisholm to score. Armstrong carried a no-hitter into the final inning, but the Mustangs tried to stage a comeback in the top of the seventh. Connor Heady and Nick Harley both drew walks before Tyler broke the no-no with a bloop single to center to score Heady for the final margin. “He came pretty close to the no-hitter,” Gerlach said. “I guess it was kind of fitting that Tyler got the hit.” The win gave the Colonels a 3-1 record in the district seeding race and puts them in a two-game lead for the No. 1 seed. NOHS fell to 1-2 in the district. OCHS is 10-5 overall while NOHS is 12-4.   E-mail us about this story at: sports@oldhamera.com.