Minnis carries Rockets over Fern Creek

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By Todd Martin

The SCHS baseball team was gunning for a 7-0 record in the region, but they will have to settle for a perfect 6-0. The Rockets' game at Simon Kenton Wednesday was called in the fourth due to the weather.

The Rockets were trailing 4-3, but had the tying run on second with no outs.

Shelby did get a game finished on Tuesday, a 2-1 win over Fern Creek.

The Rockets were trailing 1-0 when Coty Minnis hammered a shot to left-center in the fourth, clearing the scoreboard and the netting behind the fence to give the Rockets the lead.

"He sat on a pitch that he was waiting for and it was a huge, a bomb that cleared the scoreboard," SCHS head coach Bart Roettger said. "I haven't seen one hit that hard yet this year."

Roettger said Minnis' dinger was much bigger than just giving the Rockets the lead.

"Not only was it huge because we got the lead, but it gave us momentum, a little life," he said. "We were struggling before that."

Minnis was the hero against Fern Creek, but the coach said it changes every day.

"Again, with this team you never know who's going to step up at any given time," he said. "Monday it was Coty, but it could be anybody the next time. That makes it fun to go to the ball park."

Although the Rockets got the win, Roettger said he hasn't been happy with the team's performance at the plate.

"I'm still very frustrated with us not being able to get runners home from scoring position," he said. "At some point the adjustments we've been talking about have to come out. I told them I'm going to stop talking about it, because they have to make the adjustments in their approach. The guys are listening, and I think they understand what we want them to do, but it's just not translating onto the field."

The Rockets used three different pitchers Tuesday. Eric Standafer got the start, Drew McDonald came on in relief and Tyler Layton picked up a two-inning save.

Roettger said he's keeping his pitchers on a strict pitch-count right now to keep them in work, but available for the weekend's Fayette County Invitational.

"We're going to see how good we are this weekend when we face some tough pitching against Eastern, Dunbar and West Jessamine," Roettger said.