SURVIVE AND ADVANCE: Senior Braden Johnson throws complete game to defeat rival OC

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By Greg Waddell

Despite rallying to pull within one run in the top of the seventh inning, a play at the plate ended Oldham County’s season Monday night as they were defeated 3-2 by rival South Oldham in the opening round of the 29th District tournament.
Braden Johnson earned the nod for the Dragons and didn’t disappoint in just his sixth start back from injury, keeping OC hitters off balance for six innings of shutout ball.
He ran into a bit of trouble in the seventh though as Oldham County managed one final push to make things interesting.
After a lead off double from second baseman Zach Bobbitt, pinch hitter Lance Vialpando moved him to third base on a one out single and Sam Rigdon brought him home via sacrifice fly.
Senior Kyle Smith kept the rally alive in the next at-bat, singling with two outs and forcing a throw to second base that scored another.
That set the stage for the final play.
Facing a full count, OC centerfielder Ross Gowing smoked a ball up the middle that was snagged by a diving Drew Greenwood at shortstop.
Greenwood’s throw to first was wide, pulling Josh Reeves off the base and giving Smith the greenlight to try for home.
Reeeves’ relay throw was spot on though as catcher Tyler Fitch ended the game with a tag.
Alec Alsup had a big game from the plate for South Oldham, driving in two runs on a triple and a double.
With the win, Johnson moved to 6-0 on the season and dropped his ERA to 2.35.
Oldham County falls to 14-14, while South improves to 19-14.
The Dragons advanced to play North Oldham 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the district final.
The game took place after press time. Check oldhamera.com for highlights.
North Oldham 12, Trimble County 2
North Oldham opened the 29th district tournament with a bang Monday night, routing host Trimble County 12-2 in six innings.
The Mustangs got things started in their first at-bats putting a pair of runs on the board after RBI singles from Willem Letsch and Peter Sohn and added three more over the next two innings to move to 5-0 heading into the top of the fourth.
That’s when Trimble County made a run of their own, cutting into the lead with an RBI double and single, but that’s as close as they got as North tagged on four more in the bottom of the inning to make the score 9-2.
Connor Heady, the 29th District Player of the Year, did the most damage with his bat, reaching base safely in all five of his at-bats while adding four RBIs.
With the win, North Oldham moves to 16-12 on the season.

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