Shelby County baseball wins 1, ties 1; Collins triumphs

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By Josh Cook

The Shelby County baseball team ended last week with a victory and a tie.

The host Rockets routed Simon Kenton, 11-0, thanks to a 3-run second inning, an 8-run third and a solid effort from Tyler Eades Thursday night at the Shelby County Athletic Complex. 

“Our kids did a great job of maintaining their focus coming off a huge district win versus Spencer County [on Tuesday],” Shelby County Coach Bart “Rudy” Roettger said. “We performed admirably in all facets of the game. Our guys did a great job of putting the ball in play, taking advantage of good hitting counts, two-out RBIs, etc. We especially did a good job of executing our small-ball game.

“Defensively, we made plays all night. Kyler Dugle continued to excel at third. Most importantly, we limited extra outs.”

Eades, a senior right-hander, picked up the victory. He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out three in five innings.

“Tyler Eades did a great job of keeping the Pioneers off balance,” Roettger said. “He never allowed them to get comfortable. What I was most pleased to see is how he was able to control the running game and pitch with runners on.”

Senior Kam Bruner led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Seniors Kyle Durbin and Austin Rhodes finished with three and two RBIs, respectively. Junior Zach Holmes also scored two runs.

SCHS 2, GRANT COUNTY 2:The game Friday in Dry Ridge was called because of darkness.

 “I have learned in fifteen years of coaching, high school kids struggle with long bus trips and early morning games. Friday was no different,” Roettger said. “After a long bus ride to Dry Ridge, our kids clearly were not ready to play. Grant County is a good baseball team that was able to take advantage of us not being ready to play.”

An error, balk and steal of home gave Grant a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Braves (14-12-1) plated another run in the third.

“We made some uncharacteristic mental errors on the bases and were being overaggressive at the plate,” Roettger said. “It wasn't until the fourth or fifth inning until we woke up and started to compete like I know we can.”   

The Rockets (22-7-1) cut the lead to 2-1 on Bruner’s RBI single in the top of the fourth. They tied the score on Austin Rhodes’ 2-out single in the fifth.

“It was good to see Austin fight off some tough pitches and take a ball up the middle with two outs,” Roettger said. “Austin has done this a lot this year for us. We feed off of his toughness and energy he brings to the field every day. He always gives great effort. He has worked really hard to get where he is right now.”

Bruner pitched the first three innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking two and striking out one. Jakub Noonan tossed the final three innings, giving up just one hit while striking out two.

“Jakub Noonan did a great job of relieving Kam Bruner in the fourth,” Roettger said. “He got us out of a jam in the fourth and showed great composure dealing with a pretty good hitting lineup. Anytime you can get a shutout relief appearance, that is a huge boost to any team. Jakub's ability to keep Grant off the scoreboard, allowed us plenty of chances to win the baseball game.

“Friday night's game left me kicking myself for a lot of reasons. Though we tied the game, it was one of those games you would like to have back. However, it does show we are never going to lay down. Even, if we don't have our ‘A’ game. What it did teach us, is we have to come ready to play everyday no matter what the circumstances are.”  

The Rockets host Collins at 7:30 tonight.

COLLINS 8, OLDHAM 2:The Titans (23-4) plated three runs in the first inning, two in the second and single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings on Thursday night. The visiting Colonels (9-13) plated a pair of runs in the fifth.  

Senior lefty David Decker picked up the victory to improve to 3-0 on the season. He gave up two earned runs on five hits while striking out six in five innings. Justin Eden and Logan Bailey each tossed an inning of hitless relief.

Senior Nate Clifton led the Titans at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Zac Wiley went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Decker helped his cause with a solo home run.

Collins, which played at Whitefield Academy on Tuesday night, plays at Shelby County at 7:30 tonight at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.


TRACK & FIELD: Sundown Invitational

The Shelby County boys’ track & field team placed eighth, the Collins girls’ squad ninth and its boys 10th and the SCHS girls 11th at Oldham County’s Sundown Invitational last Thursday at Buckner.

On the boys’ side, Floyd Central (Ind.) won the 20-team meet with 108.5 points. Shelby County scored 39 points, and Collins had 26.

Seniors Michael Barry and Zach Shipley led the Rockets, capturing the 110- and 300-meter hurdle events respectively. Barry won in 15.33 seconds, Shipley in 39.81.

Those two combined with senior Stuart Orange and sophomore Jacob Gowin for a third-place finish in the  1,600 relay. Gowin also finished third in the high jump and Orange sixth in the 400.

The Titans were led by senior Terez Smith, who finished second in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the 110 and the high jump. Collins’ 3,200 relay team placed third, and freshman Kyle Goss finished seventh in the discus.

On the girls’ side, Assumption amassed 104 points. The Titans had 32 and the Rockets 22.

Eighth-grader Gabby Karas led the Collins contingent, capturing two events – the 1,600 (5:05.58) and the 3,200 (11:04.56). The Titans also received a fifth-place finish from sophomore Shai Anne Moorman in the high jump and their 400 relay team.

Senior Jamie Bradley led Shelby County by finishing second in the discus and fifth in the shot put. Senior Gina Stanula was sixth in the 300 hurdles and sophomore Olivia Matlin was sixth in the triple jump. Senior Abby Siegel was seventh in the 400.



Host Anderson County blanked the Rockets, 3-0, last Thursday before visiting Trimble County edged Shelby, 7-6 last Friday at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.

ANDERSON 3, SCHS 0:The Bearcats (17-4, 3-0) – who are ranked 20th in the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association Top 25 – won a game in Lawrenceburg that didn’t count toward the district standings. They scored two runs in the first inning and added another in the fifth to shutout the Rockets (9-18, 1-2) for the second time this season (Anderson County won, 7-0, on April 8).

TRIMBLE COUNTY 7, SCHS 6:Shelby County’s seventh-inning comeback came up short. Trimble scored three runs in the first and sixth innings and a single run in the third to lead, 7-2, and Shelby scored single runs in the second, on Hannah Webb’s single, and in the fourth, on Jessie Vermillion’s single. In the seventh the Rockets plated four runs but couldn’t come up with the tying run.

Vermillion and fellow freshman Tori McGuire led Shelby County with two hits apiece. Senior Ari Jones added a pair of RBIs for the Rockets.

Shelby County, which hosted Mercer County on Tuesday night, hosts South Oldham at 6 p.m. tonight.


GIRLS’ LACROSSE: CHS wins 1, loses 1

The Titans won for the first time this season, beating Pleasure Ridge Park, 9-4, at Seneca last Thursday but lost that night to the RebelHawks (a team made up of Atherton and Seneca students), 7-6, at Seneca.

Against the Panthers, junior Katie Herick had a hat trick (three goals). Seniors Marysa Maier, Miranda Maier and Emily Thompson added one goal apiece, as did junior Shelby Logsdon, sophomore Audrey Adcock and freshman Lily Burden.

Against the RebelHawks, each Maier twin scored three goals.