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Colonels power past Mustangs to win district title

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By Mickey Patterson

BEDFORD – As they did in the regular season, the Oldham County baseball team found just enough runs to beat North Oldham scoring a 4-0 win May 21 to win the 29th District title.“Give them credit,” NOHS coach Matt Walker said. “Every time we play them we are neck and neck, they always seem to find that one big hit to break it open.”The big hit in this case came in the bottom of the sixth from senior Steve Holton.With two outs and the bases load and the Colonels up 2-0, Holton laced an Austin Love fastball into center field to score two runs and give his team a much needed cushion.“Steve Holton came up with the big at bat today,” OCHS coach Scott Gerlach said. “We thought going into the year that it would be a struggle to find some leadership after all the seniors we lost but he and the other seniors have done a good job of stepping up when we had to have them all year long.”The inning started with OCHS up 1-0 before they started a two-out rally against Love, who had kept the Colonels in check much of the day.“I thought the Love kid threw a gem of a game,” Gerlach said.Nick Denise started the rally when his groundball got through the legs of NOHS third baseman Larry Parella. Dylan Sims followed with a groundball single up the middle before Dylan Chisholm reached on an infield single to the hole to load the bases.With Holton at the plate, Denise scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 before Holton came through with his line shot single to center.NOHS reliever Matt Dearmond came in to strike out Adam Pontrich to end the OCHS threat.NOHS’ final at bat was a typical inning for OCHS starter Ian Andrews who came through with a complete game shutout giving up two hits against four strikeouts and one walk.Andrews gave up a leadoff single to Nick Harley before closing out the next three batters. He got Parella on a groundball to third before Kent Rusch popped out to the catcher and the runner was doubled off second to end thegame.“Ian’s been our guy all year long,” Gerlach said. “He had never been in a district championship before today, but he came out and did just exactly what your senior pitcher is supposed to do.”The Colonels first run came in the bottom of the third when Pontrich led off with a line drive single to right and Jacob Wiese was hit by a pitch. Josh Kovach drove in Pontrich with a groundball single to left.All-districtKovach, who hit a home run and drove in five runs in the Colonels’ opening round win over Trimble County, was named the tourney’s MVP.He was joined on the team by Andrews, Pontrich and Holton.NOHS was represented by Dearmond, Jason Sterrett and Dylan Grandon. South Oldham placed Daniel Pulliam and Jordan Ellis on the team.E-mail us about this story at: sports@oldhamera.com