Game Bytes

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By The Staff


Oldham County vs. Carroll County

Score: 4-3 Carroll County.

When: Monday. 

Where: Shelby County High School. 

Key players: Oldham County’s Dylan Chisholm, Nick DeNise and Blaine Whitehouse. Carroll County’s Zach Wise and Jesse Proctor. 

Game highlights: Carroll County’s Zach Wise lofted a high, sacrifice fly off OCHS pitcher Taylor Riggs in the top of the seventh to score the game-winning run as the Panthers beat the Colonels in the first round of the Eighth Region tournament. OCHS went down in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the game.

Carroll County took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Jesse Proctor led off with a walk, stole second and went to third on a bunt single from Ethan Stewart.

Wise singled in Proctor. Stewart scored on a throwing error before OCHS ended the inning.

The Colonels came back to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Dylan Chisholm singled up the middle and went to third on a double down the left field line from Blaine Whitehouse. Nick DeNise singled in Chisholm and Whitehouse to tie the game. Riggs singled advancing DeNise to third. Dylan Sims made it 3-2 with a sacrifice fly to deep right field.

Carroll took the lead back in the seventh when Proctor walked and stole second. He scored on a throwing error to tie the game setting up Wise’s game-winning sacrifice as the Colonels ended the season with a 22-9 record. 

Oldham County vs. North Oldham

Score: 7-0 Oldham County.

When: May 20. 

Where: South Oldham High School. 

Key players: Oldham County’s Dylan Chisholm, Wade Mason and Brandon Walton. North Oldham’s Gary Giarusso and Mike Gant. 

Game highlights: The Colonels rode the strong pitching of Wade Mason and took advantage of five NOHS errors to win the 29th District title.

Mason picked up the complete game win by striking out eight while scattering six hits and walking none.

The Colonels got all the runs they would need in the bottom of the second when they took a 3-0 lead. Nick DeNise beat out an infield hit to lead off the inning followed by Taylor Riggs reaching on an error. DeNise scored when Dylan Sims singled up the middle. Jake Armstrong scored Riggs with a soft line drive single to right. Sims scored when NOHS pitcher Chris Tyler tried to pick off Armstrong at first.

The Colonels made it 6-0 in the fourth when Mason reached on an error, went to second on a passed ball and scored on Brandon Walton’s deep double to the gap in left center. Walton advanced on a fielder’s choice before Dylan Chisholm walked. Walton then scored on the same pickoff play with Chisholm reaching second safely. Blaine Whitehouse drove in Chisholm with a line drive single to right to make it 5-0.

Austin Love replaced Tyler and gave up the final run of the inning when DeNise reached on an infield error.

OCHS made it 7-0 in the sixth when Chisholm doubled off the wall in left center and scored on Whitehouse’s groundball single to left.

Mason was the tourney MVP and was joined on the all-tourney team by Chisholm and Riggs. NOHS placed Jason Sterrett, Nick Harley and Tyler on the team. South Oldham was represented by Derek Nichter and Jeremy Criddle. 


South Oldham vs. North Oldham

Score: 3-1 South Oldham.

When: May 19. 

Where: South Oldham High School. 

Key players: South Oldham’s Shelby Ford and Alexis Laviena. North Oldham’s Rheagan Riggs and Hallie Pridham. 

Game highlights: South Oldham scored the come-from-behind win in the opening round of the district tourney thanks to a clutch hit from Shelby Ford.

With NOHS leading 1-0 in the top of the fifth, the Lady Dragons started their comeback with two outs when Kara Stinson reached on an error.

Carney Thorpe reached on another error to allow Ford to come through with a line drive triple deep to center to score both runners. Ford scored when Kati Boger lined a single up the middle off NOHS pitcher Elizabeth Young.

NOHS scored in the top of the first when catcher Hallie Pridham drove in Margot Ricks, who had singled and advanced to third on a single from Young.

SOHS’ Alexis Laviena got the complete game win by striking out 12 and giving up just three hits.

South Oldham vs. Oldham County

Score: 1-0 Oldham County.

When: May 21. 

Where: South Oldham High School. 

Key players: Oldham County’s Brooke Leanhart, Taylor McIlhinny and Kim 

McIlhinny. South Oldham’s Alexis Laviena and Courtney Hamilton. 

Game highlights: This one went extra innings and then some as the Lady Colonels won the 29th District title in eight innings and an extra at-bat. The game took on a controversial note with both teams threatening to file a protest after a mistake by the umpires at the top of the eighth inning. With a scoreless tie, the umps put SOHS’ Kara Stinson on second base as per the international tie-breaker rule. OCHS pitcher Brooke Leanhart got Carney Thorpe to groundout to third for the first out with Stinson advancing to third. Leanhart struck out Shelby Ford for the second out and with Kati Boger at the plate, Stinson tried to score on a passed ball and was tagged out.

At that point, the umpires called time and realized they should not have used the tie-breaker. After an extensive meeting between the coaches, umps and athletic directors from both schools, it was decided play the inning over from the start giving SOHS a second at-bat.

On the second go-round, Leanhart got Thorpe on a pop to short, gave up a bunt single to Ford and struck out Boger for the second out. Sarah White reached on an error before Leanhart struck out Alexis Laviena to end the threat.

OCHS won the game in the bottom of the eighth. Laviena struck out Alli Veech and Ashley Gilbert before Leanhart tripled down the right field line. Kim McIlhinny ended it by driving in Leanhart with a long shot to left field.

OCHS starting pitcher Kim McIlhinny went six innings striking out 11 while giving up three hits. Laviena went the distance for SOHS striking out 13 while giving up four hits.

Leanhart was named the tournament’s MVP and was joined on the all tourney team by Kim and Taylor McIlhinny. SOHS placed Laviena, Thorpe and Sarah White on the team. North Oldham was represented by Elizabeth Young and Rheagan Riggs. 

Oldham County vs. Trimble County

Score: 10-0 Oldham County.

When: May 19. 

Where: Oldham County’s Ashley Gilbert, Kim McIlhinny and Jessie Reinbold. 

Game highlights: The Lady Colonels were in control of this one from the start scoring seven runs in the first two innings en route to ending the game in the fifth  inning with the 10-0 lead.

OCHS pitcher Kim McIlhinny limited Trimble County to just one hit while striking out 10 against no walks.

OCHS put three runs on the board in the bottom of the first when Ashley Gilbert led off with a single to center and scored on Brooke Leanhart’s double to deep center.

Taylor McIlhinny reached on an error. Leanhart scored on a throwing error on the catcher on a steal before McIlhinny scored on an infield error.

The Lady Colonels scored four more in the second when Danielle Neel led off with a groundball single to left and went to second on a passed ball. She scored on an error.

With two outs, Taylor McIlhinny made it 5-0 with a double to the gap in right center. It went to 6-0 when Kim McIlhinny reached on an error.

Cheyenne Cornett drove on the final run with a triple to right field.

OCHS scored one more in the fourth when Gilbert and Leanhart opened the inning with singles. Gilbert scored on a fielder’s choice.

The Lady Colonels closed Trimble out in the bottom of the fifth with two more runs. Jessie Reinbold reached on an error. With two outs, Gilbert drove her in with a single to left. After Gilbert advanced to second on the relay, Leanhart singled up the middle to make it 10-0. 


NOMS sets volleyball tryouts

When: June 1 and June 3. 

Where:  North Oldham Middle School. 

What: North Oldham Middle School is hosting volleyball tryouts at the school at 3:30 p.m. June 1 for eighth-grade players and at 3:30 p.m. June 3 for sixth and seventh-grade players.

For information, e-mail mark.eaton@oldham.kyschools.us.

Gym opening

NOHS hosting gym opening

When: Friday. 

Where:  North Oldham High School. 

What: North Oldham High School is hosting a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Mustang gymnasium at 6 p.m. Friday.

Senior winter sport athletes will be showcased at the event.  

Cosching Openings

NOHS seeking swimming coach

When: Immediately. 

Where: North Oldham High School. 

What: North Oldham High School is seeking a head swimming coach for next year.

Anyone interested should contact NOHS athletic director Tom Clemons at 228-0158.