Boone takes bite out of Bulldogs' bats

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Senior southpaw throws 3-hitter in win over top 10 Bulldogs

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County baseball team used a win over top 10 Male on Thursday as a springboard for two more wins in the Valley Invitational on Monday.

Dillon Boone tossed a complete-game, three-hitter to lead the Rockets over the Bulldogs 3-1 before they routed Bardstown 13-3 and blanked the host Vikings 7-0 in Louisville.


Shelby County 3, Male 1

Boone, a senior southpaw, gave up one unearned run while walking one and striking out two as the Rockets beat the Bulldogs, who are No. 7 in the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25 and No. 10 in the Kentucky Prep Report Top 25.

“[It was] great to see our guys bounce back from a tough loss to DeSales [Wednesday], a game we were in position to win,” Shelby County Coach Bart “Rudy” Roettger said. “My coaching staff made a comment before the game [about] how focused our guys appeared to be. This proved to be true.

“A big reason for that was the job Dillon Boone did controlling the tempo of the game. He did a great job working quick and keeping the Male batters off balance.”

Shelby County backed Boone with one run in the first and two more in the fifth for the victory.

“Our lineup did a great job of putting pressure on the defense with our small ball game,” Roettger said. “Joe Crisp and Dallas Wills had crucial at-bats. Steven Standafer and Dillon Boone continued to stay hot at the plate.”

In the bottom of the first, senior Kipp Moore led off with a double to left field. He advanced to third on Crisp’s bunt single, then scored on Standafer’s one-out single to left field.

Male tied the game in the top of the third before the Rockets plated two runs in the fifth.

Senior Alex Bradley led off the bottom of the inning with a walk. He advanced to second on Wills’ single, moved to third on an error by Male’s pitcher, then scored when Moore hit into a fielder’s choice. Boone then helped his own cause with a two-out, RBI-single to center field to score Moore.

“We finished the week knowing two innings against ranked teams are the difference of us being 7-0 instead of 5-2,” Roettger said. “This group of kids knows they can compete. It was good to see us take the next step.”


Shelby County 13, Bardstown 3

The Rockets tallied 10 runs in the first three innings and rolled over the Tigers (2-4) in their first game at Valley.   

Shelby County scored three runs in the first inning, one in the second, seven in the third and two in the fifth, after Bardstown scored three in the top of the fifth, to end the game two innings early.

Sophomore Matt Gammon led the way at the plate going 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Rockets, who made the most of their six hits. Moore added two RBIs and two runs scored and sophomore Michael Gammon and Standafer also scored twice.

In the bottom of the first, Boone walked with one out, advanced to second when Kyler Dugle walked and third when Steven Standafer was hit by a pitch. Matthew Gammon singled to right field to score Boone and Dugle, who advanced home on the throw. Zach Holmes followed with a sacrifice fly to score Standafer.

In the second, Moore walked with one out and stole second and third before scoring on a Bardstown error.

Shelby County batted around, and then some, in the third. Three walks and an error boosted the Rockets’ lead to 5-0 before eighth-grader Bobby Crisp singled in a run. Moore followed with a two-run single before Boone’s sacrifice fly scored Crisp. Matt Gammon, who was issued a leadoff walk to start the inning, then doubled in Moore and Standafer to make it 10-0.

Bardstown responded with three runs in the top of the fifth before the Rockets rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to end the game early.

Jacob Sheets was hit by a pitch to start the fifth. He advanced to second on Michael Gammon’s one-out single before Levi Oren was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After Crisp lined out, Moore was hit by a pitch to score Sheets. Boone then followed with an RBI-single to center field to finish off the Tigers.


Shelby County 7, Valley 0

The Rockets rode 10 hits and some solid pitching from Dugle and David Fitzgerald to their third win in a row.

Shelby County scored three runs in the second and tallied two in the fifth and sixth frames.

Matt Gammon, Holmes and Crisp started the second with back-to-back-to-back singles, the latter of which scored Gammon, before the Rockets executed a double-steal as Holmes swiped home and Crisp stole second. Crisp moved to third on a ground out before Spencer Shouse’s sacrifice fly scored him.

Standafer was hit by a pitch to start the fifth frame and scored on Gammon’s double. Two batters later Crisp doubled home Gammon to make it 5-0.

In the top of the sixth Dugle walked with one out, then stole second before Gammon was hit by a pitch. Dugle advanced to third, and Gammon to second, on an error by Valley’s catcher, and both scored on Holmes’ double to center field.

Dugle picked up the victory on the mound. The junior gave up two hits and walked two while striking out five in four innings. Fitzgerald, a senior, gave up one hit and fanned five in the final three frames.

The Rockets continue play in the Valley Invitational today. They play at 7 p.m. against a to-be-determined opponent.


Shelby County 3, Male 1

Male 001 000 0 – 1 3 2

Shelby County 100 020 0 – 3 5 1

Spencer Jackson, Ben Billiter (3), Dakota Perry (6) and Bradley McBride. Dillon Boone and Dallas Wills. W – Boone. L – Jackson. 2B – Kipp Moore (SCHS), Brownley (M). Record – Male 7-3.

Shelby County 13, Bardstown 3

Bardstown 000 03 – 3 6 3

Shelby County 317 02 – 13 6 0

Trey Hieskell, Michael McCormick (3) and Dale Smith. Joe Crisp, Michael Gammon (2) and Kipp Moore. 2B – Matthew Gammon (SCHS). Record – Bardstown 2-4.

Shelby County 7, Valley 0

Shelby County 030 022 0 – 7 10 0

Valley 000 000 0 – 0 3 1

Kyler Dugle, David Fitzgerald (5) and Dallas Wills. Perry Hernandez. W – Dugle. L - Hernandez. 2B – Bobby Crisp (SCHS), Matthew Gammon (SCHS). Records – Valley 2-4, Shelby County 7-2.