Gunning them down

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By Mickey Patterson

BUCKNER – In his first two outings on the mound Oldham County’s Wade Mason is living every pitcher’s dream.

Supported by double-digit runs, Mason has opened the year with a 2-0 record and is on his way to establishing himself as one of the best arms in the region.

“Lots of runs help for sure,” Mason said. “It takes a lot of worries away when you have a big lead.”

Mason, the Colonels’ ace, has posted a pair of shutouts this year as OCHS has notched a 7-2 record. In an 11-0 win over Henry County, Mason had 16 strikeouts and gave up just two hits. In a 14-0, five-inning win over South Oldham Mason struck out 12 and gave up just three hits.

“I am probably a little bit stronger than I was last year,” Mason said. “The first two games I have felt really good both days. I had good movement in both games and my control was good.”

The strong start comes off an outstanding sophomore season last year when Mason led the Colonels to a 22-9 record, the district title and was named district tourney MVP. He was 7-0 last year with a 1.171 ERA posting 55 strikeouts in 45 innings.

“He works fast and stays ahead of the hitters,” OCHS coach Scott Gerlach said. “When you do that it keeps your defense on their toes and they make plays for him.”

Mason also plays shortstop and hits second in the order for the Colonels. In the SOHS win, he had a solo home run in the top of the first.

James Knezevich and Cole Thornsberry also homered in that game for the Colonels.

“He’s very solid defensively as a shortstop,” Gerlach said. “He’s a complete baseball player because he can do a little bit of everything.”

Mason is heading up what Gerlach calls a solid rotation this year with fellow juniors Taylor Riggs and Ryan Lakin and senior Jake Armstrong.

With the staff and hitters like Knezevich and first-baseman Dylan Chisholm, the Colonels are pointing toward a long, post-season run.

“I feel like we are a better team this year,” Mason said. “We go a little bit deeper and I think we can hit the ball better. We have a goal of winning the regional championship and it’s something we can do.”

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