In his own zone

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By Mickey Patterson

BUCKNER – Ian Andrews found his zone a few innings in and never came out until the Oldham County Colonels had defeated the South Oldham Dragons 11-3 Tuesday.Andrews, a senior righthander, picked up the complete game win relying on a sneaky curveball to strike out 13 while scattering six hits and walking just one.“It usually takes me a couple of innings to get going,” Andrews said. “I gave up a home run on a bad pitch, then I got into a zone. They couldn’t touch my curveball today.”The Colonels took advantage of five SOHS errors and had 12 hits against SOHS pitchers Alex Sharrard and Derek Nichter to score the district seeding win.“Ian just had an outstanding performance,” OCHS coach Scott Gerlach said. “I was really proud of the guys. They were into the game from the start. It was a very good job of starting off the district 1-0.”SOHS took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Daniel Pulliam reached on a sharp line drive off OCHS third baseman Nick DeNise’s glove. After Tommy Thompson struck out, Mike Davis came through with a single to right followed by an RBI single to right from catcher Jordan Ellis. Davis scored on an errant pickoff to first that got through and into the SOHS dugout.The Colonels came back to take the lead for good in the bottom of the second with five runs.Taylor Riggs started the rally when he was hit by a pitch followed by a groundball single up the middle from Dylan Chisholm. SOHS gave the Colonels some help when Adam Pontrich grounded to Pulliam at shortstop, but Thompson dropped the relay to start a potential double play leaving the bases loaded.Jacob Wiese made it 2-2 with a soft line drive single to center before Josh Kovach reached on an outfield error. With two outs, Blaine Whitehouse cleared the bases with a deep double to center for the 5-2 lead.SOHS cut the margin to 5-3 in the top of the third when Pulliam homered off the foul pole in leftThe Colonels, however, broke it open in the bottom of the third with four more runs.Dylan Sims led off and reached on an error by Pulliam at shortstop. Chisholm reached with a shot off Sharrard’s glove that got into right field. With the infield drawn in. Pontrich made it 6-3 with a high chopper just off the top of Steve Nuttle’s glove at third base.Wiese delivered again with a double off the wall in right center to make it 7-3.Josh Kovach drove in the final two runs with a groundball single to left to make it 9-3.The Colonels final two runs came in the bottom of the fifth off Nichter.Wiese led off the inning with a line drive single to left, then stole second. He scored when Kovach lined a single to left. Whitehouse drove in the final run with a groundout to shortstop.The win was especially sweet for Andrews who played at SOHS until transferring after his sophomore season.“It felt really good to go up against the old school and win,” Andrews said. “I got a lot of run support today and that makes all the difference in the world.”

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