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Post 37 strikes out (20 times) against Ashland

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Ashland pitchers fan 20 in 2-day, 8-2 victory

By Josh Cook

A University of Kentucky assistant baseball coach was at Clear Creek Park on Wednesday night to watch an American Legion district tournament game.

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And Logan Salow gave his best pitch for a grant-in-aid offer.

Salow, a left-handed pitcher and senior-to-be at Ashland Blazer High School, struck out 17 in only six innings to lead Ashland Post 76 to an 8-2 victory over Shelbyville Post 37 in a game that began Tuesday night and ended a day later.

Post 37 struck out three more times in the final three innings to collectively fan 20 times.

“You can say not hitting the ball can make you gray-headed, but I’ve been gray-headed for a long time, but it’ll drive you crazy,” Shelbyville Coach Jim Wiley said. “Twenty times, it’s too many.”

Post 37 was scheduled to play Oldham County on Thursday evening in an elimination game.

“If we win [Thursday], it’ll put us in the state tournament,” Wiley said. “If we don’t win we turn our clothes in.…We’re down to the last roundup, and we’ve got to win [Thursday].”

Ashland scored four runs in the top of the first inning and Shelbyville scored one in the bottom of the inning before play was suspended – first by lightning, then because of rain – in the top of the second Tuesday night.

The Sixers plated a quartet of runs in the first inning on only one hit, but more because of four walks and one error.

Post 37 starter Steven Watts, an Anderson County graduate, lasted only one out. He was charged with three unearned runs and three walks in absorbing the loss.

Shelbyville responded with one run in the bottom of the inning.

Drew Greenwood was issued a two-out walk before Tyler Tipton singled and Brandon Roberts walked to load the bases. Zac Wiley then reached on an error, which allowed Greenwood to score.

The rest of the game was all Salow, who helped Ashland Blazer to the 16th Region title and into the state quarterfinals. He struck out the side in every inning except the fourth, when he struck out the first two hitters he faced before Buddy Johnson popped out.

Ashland added another run in the fifth inning, then tallied two more in the sixth.

Shelbyville scored its other run in the bottom of the sixth.

Salow issued a leadoff walk to Wiley, then gave up a single to Logan Bailey. Johnson then reached on a one-out error, which allowed Wiley to score.

Dylan DeLaney came on in the seventh and struck out three Shelbyville hitters during the final three innings.

“When you strike out twenty times, you are not supposed to win; you can’t do that,” Wiley said. “I really felt like this time of year we’d be a better hitting team. But we’re not…it’s kind of depressing.”

Greenwood, a junior-to-be at South Oldham, led Shelbyville at the plate. He went 2-for-3, walked twice and scored once.

Ashland will play the winner between Shelbyville and Oldham County in the district final, which is scheduled for 5 tonight. If Shelbyville or Oldham wins that contest, there would be a winner-take-district title game at 8 p.m. Regardless, the district champion and runner-up advances to Paducah for the state tournament, which is slated to run Tuesday through next Saturday.

 

Ashland 8, Shelbyville 2

Ashland 400 012 001 – 8 11 3

Post 37 100 001 000 – 2 5 2

Logan Salow, Dylan DeLaney and Cameron Fritz. Steven Watts, Buddy Johnson (1), Zac Wiley (2), Dan Sanders (8) and Brandon Roberts. W – Salow. L – Watts. 2B – Drew Greenwood (S).