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The Shelby County baseball team was in a thieving mood Tuesday evening.
The Rockets stole 11 bases in a 12-0 five-inning victory over visiting Kentucky Country Day at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.
“Our guys did a great job on the bases,” Shelby County Coach Bart “Rudy” Roettger said. “Due to our experience, I have given the guys the green light to steal in most situations. They did a great job of exploiting a pitcher that couldn't control the running game. This put us in great scoring opportunities.”
Senior Kipp Moore led the way, swiping four bases while classmates Dillon Boone and Zach Holmes had two apiece for the Rockets (9-3), who totaled just five hits, all singles, but reached double-digits for the fourth time this season.
Shelby County scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second, five in the third and two in the fourth to bring its 8th Region-best run total to 85.
Moore and Boone, who was also the game’s winning pitcher, led the Rockets at the plate. Moore went 1-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs while Boone was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and one run scored. Meanwhile, Holmes and junior Joe Crisp each scored twice.
After being hit by a pitch to lead off the first, Moore stole second and third and then scored on an error by the Bearcats’ catcher. Boone followed with a walk. His courtesy runner, Brandon Davis, stole second, and then advanced to third when Matt Gammon walked. Holmes followed with a single to right field, scoring Davis. Gammon would also scored on the play thanks to an error by KCD’s right fielder.
“Zach Holmes’ at-bat in the first inning set the tone for the day,” Roettger said. “After the KCD pitcher struck out two hitters already, he had a great two-strike approach and took the ball to right field allowing two runs to score. Two-out RBI's are often back breakers and the KCD pitcher could never recover from this blow.”
In the second, Moore reached on a two-out, two-base error, and then stole third before scoring on Boone’s single to left field. Boone stole second, advanced to third on the Bearcats’ catcher, and scored on an error by KCD’s third baseman. The Rockets rolled from there, plating a quintet of runs in the third.
That was more than enough offense for Boone, who gave up only a one-out single, to his counterpart KCD pitcher Casey Klein, in the top of the fourth. In four innings Boone walked one and struck out seven.
“He was very efficient in the zone and located well,” Roettger said. “When he is efficient in the zone, he is as good a high school pitcher as there is.”
Shelby County, who played at Woodford County on Thursday, hosts Holmes at noon Saturday before playing at Collins at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Shelby County 12, Kentucky Country Day 0
KCD 000 00 – 0 1 6
Shelby County 325 2X – 12 5 0
Casey Klein and Scotty Winkler. Dillon Boone, Brandon Davis (5), Dallas Wills (5) and Wills, Christian Craddock (5). W – Boone. L – Klein. Records – KCD, 3-4, Shelby County 9-3.