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North Oldham baseball explodse for seven runs in the sixth inning to seal district title
The North Oldham Mustangs can finally call themselves district champs for the first time in school history after routing rival South Oldham 8-0 in the 29th district championship game May 23.
Early on though, it looked like the teams would be in for a pitchers’ duel as North’s Ethan Cleary and South’s Eddie Matthis combined to allow just one run over the first five innings.
The sixth inning would be a different story altogether however, as North opened the game up after a pitching change, extending their one run lead to eight with timely two-out hits.
Following outs to Peter Sohn and Willem Letsch to open the inning, Roman Millem started the push for the Mustangs, blooping an RBI Texas Leaguer to right field, before pinch hitter Adam Judd’s long double scored two more.
After a walk to Connor Heady, Caleb Kellogg, Cleary and Sohn closed out the scoring with RBI hits.
“That was fun,” North Oldham coach Erik Phelps said. “There aren’t many times that you just all of the sudden click. We were just filling spots so that was a lot of fun to watch.”
Cleary, a sophomore, finished the game 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs from the plate and went the distance on the mound, picking up nine strikeouts and allowing four hits to earn tournament MVP honors.
“I’m feeling pretty good right now,” Cleary said, laughing. “The team played really well and I was just trying to throw strikes. It was a little unnerving because it was the first real big game I’ve ever pitched in and it was real important for the team.”
With the win, North Oldham improved to 17-12, while South fell to 19-15.
ALL 29TH DISTRICT TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Zach Bobbitt - (OC)
Sean Holton - (OC)
Alex Alsup - (SO)
Braden Johnson - (SO)
Tyler Fitch - (SO)
Connor Heady - (NO)
Adam Judd - (NO)
*Ethan Cleary - (NO)
Oldham County softball captures district title behind strong showing from Leanhart
By BILLY RUTLEDGE
SPORTS INTERN, The Oldham Era
Seven innings, 11 strikeouts, one hit and no runs later, the Oldham County Lady Colonels can call themselves district champions after defeating rival South Oldham 7-0 in the championship game.
The complete game shutout, supported by seven runs, would be the recipe for success for Jessica Leanhart and Oldham County as they move one step closer to a regional championship with their third win over South Oldham this season.
Heading into the third inning locked in a scoreless tie, the Lady Dragons were the first team with a shot at taking the lead as senior Macey Klosterman reached first on an error and advanced to third on a sac bunt. But the Dragons couldn’t take advantage of the situation and were unable to bring her home.
The Lady Colonels were able to capitalize in the bottom half of the inning, scoring the first two runs of the game on four hits.
That big third inning set the momentum for the rest of the game as Oldham County scored one in the fourth inning, and four in the fifth to reach their final seven.
As much damage as the Lady Colonels did on the offensive end, their defense may have been more impressive as Leanhart recorded 11 strikeouts and didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning.
With their win, Oldham County moved to 30-5 on the season, while South Oldham fell to 17-17.
Both teams opened the regional tournament with wins as South Oldham beat Simon Kenton 5-4 and Oldham County rallied to defeat Henry County 8-3.
ALL 29TH DISTRICT TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Caitlin Francesconi - (NO)
Sam Maiocco - (NO)
Brooke Bisig - (SO)
Courtney Galvan - (SO)
Macey Klosterman - (SO)
Sarah Lopesilvero - (OC)
Rayne Shelton - (OC)
*Jessica Leanhart - (OC)
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