Monday NKY HS sports round-up: Campbell County baseball nips Bishop Brossart in exciting rivalry battle

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Everyone in attendance knew this game would come down to the final out in the 37th District battle in Alexandria.

The host Campbell County Camels (16-9 overall) trailed the in-town arch-rival Bishop Brossart Mustangs (15-12-1), 2-1 entering the bottom of the seventh. But the Camels pulled off a 3-2 win in the battle to secure the top spot in the district tournament.

“They always fit the bill,” Campbell County Head Coach Scott Schweitzer said of the rivalry game. “I started coaching at Brossart 17 years ago. They’re a (Class) A school. They play fundamentally sound. They’re always going to give you a game. I’ve always said I’ve been on the side where I thought where we were more talented and they beat us and I’ve been on the side where I thought they were more talented and we beat them so it’s always a good game. It’s kind of like the crosstown shootout in basketball. Lot of guys get nervous. Lots of people show up. You can’t ask for a better game than what was played really.”

Campbell County senior center fielder Greg Vineyard had come up empty in his first two plate appearances against Bishop Brossart junior left-hander Evan Moore. But Vineyard smacked an 0-2 pitch over the wall in left center for his team-high fourth of the season to tie the game 2-2.

“(Moore) has really good off-speed stuff,” Vineyard said. “His fastball is pretty good. It jumps on you and he works really quick so he’s a really hard pitcher to hit when he’s in a rhythm and his stuff is working. I knew I hit it well. I knew I had a gap there. I took a couple steps and knew it was gone. Ultimately, I wanted to do the job putting the ball in play and get on base.”

Campbell County junior third baseman Evan Clark then lined a double to left forcing Bishop Brossart to make a pitching change. The Mustangs brought in senior Charles Hartig. He struck out Campbell County junior shortstop Jake Gross bringing up senior designated hitter Zack Riley. Clark advanced to third on a wild pitch on the first ball then came home on a 2-0 count to win the game for the Camels.

“Obviously, I had to read it because in that situation, I can’t be an out there,” Clark said. “As soon as I saw it sit up against the backstop, I knew I had to go. I had to score there. Don’t hesitate.”

The Camels batted .261 (6 for 23) overall. Clark finished 3 for 4 at the plate. He plated Campbell County’s first run in the bottom of the third singling to center to score Vineyard from second after Vineyard walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Campbell County thought it had a 2-0 lead. But the inning ended on a batter’s interference call.

Senior Jake Napier (4-1) pitched a complete game for Campbell County striking out 11 and walking two. Moore (3-6) pitched six innings striking out seven and walking four. Napier did not have any wild pitches. Moore had one and Hartig two.

“The guys have been resilient all season,” Schweitzer said. “We had a sloppy fifth inning. That tends to be our MO (modus operandi). They will always put out as much as they can and fight to the very, very end. I knew when we had a strikeout with men on second and third in the sixth, we were at the top of our line-up. With all the runs coming from the top two in the line-up (Clark and Vineyard), that says it all for those two.”

The Mustangs batted .154 (4 for 26) overall. Senior center fielder Andrew Beck led Bishop Brossart going 2 for 4.

Bishop Brossart took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth. Sophomore left fielder Alex Amin reached on an error with junior shortstop Logan Meyer and Beck recording consecutive singles to load the bases. That’s when senior second baseman Ryan Ebert grounded to Gross at short. Gross threw to senior second baseman Tyler Fowler to get Beck and allowing Amin to score. But the throw to first was high allowing Meyer to score. The next two Mustangs popped out.

“We fought. But we have to finish games out,” said Ron Verst, Bishop Brossart Head Coach. “That’s what I told our guys. We played well. We can’t just be satisfied with losing 3-2. We’re here to win and we didn’t do that.”

The Camels thought they tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with two out. Gross singled and Riley lined one to the gap. Gross hustled around third and nearly scored. But Bishop Brossart junior Anthony Kruse made a nice throw to Meyer to nail Riley at second before Gross could score.

Campbell County finished with three runs leading to two unearned Mustang runs. The Camels did not score any unearned runs.

The Camels travel to Nicholas County on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Bishop Brossart plays host to Ryle (13-12) on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Conner 5, Harrison County 3:

The Cougars (24-5) ventured south to Cynthiana and held off the host Thorobreds (20-7).

Junior Brody Mangold (6-0) pitched another solid game for the Cougars striking out nine, walking one and allowing just three hits and a solo home run in the bottom of the second. Junior Jeffery Vest pitched the seventh inning leaving runners on second and third. He struck out one, walked on and allowed one hit and no earned runs.

“(Conner junior catcher) Luke Hubbard did a good job stealing a bunch of strikes for me early in the game,” Mangold said. “It built up my confidence. From then on, I just used that confidence to do the best I can to get us that win. Our offense backed us up. It was huge.”

The Cougars batted .429 (12 for 28) overall. Junior center fielder Ayden Lohr led the way going 4 for 4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Junior Brayden Stidham hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to put Conner up 5-1.

Senior third baseman Blaise Bowman went 2 for 3 with a double and scored twice. Senior first baseman Kaden Early went 2 for 3. Senior shortstop Gage Testerman added a double.

Conner had two errors to none for Harrison County. That led to two unearned Thorobreds runs.

Harrison County Head Coach Mac Whitaker is in his 44th season and has the most wins of any coach in Kentucky history. The Thorobreds are 1,184-368 under his guidance.

“Jeffrey came in and did his job. He got ground balls,” said Brad Arlinghaus, Conner Head Coach. “We’ll take it. We talked to the boys about coming down and all the adversity you have to face playing a program like Harrison County. They’ll be contending for the 10th Region championship like they do every year. It’s a very unique atmosphere. I like to come down every year so the kids can experience it.”

Conner travels to Highlands (16-10) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Dixie Heights 11, St. Henry 7:

The Colonels (18-7) won the battle for the top spot in the 34th District Tournament with an 11-7 win on the road against the Crusaders (13-12-1).

Dixie Heights had itself in position to run-rule St. Henry leading 11-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning. But St. Henry scored seven runs.

St. Henry had three errors to two for Dixie Heights. The Colonels had three unearned runs to seven for the Crusaders.

Senior Logan Wilson (2-2) pitched into the fifth inning striking out five, walking five and allowing five hits and no earned runs. Senior Jay Flynn finished the game striking out three, walking one and allowing one earned run.

“We had several 0-2 counts on batters in that inning and couldn’t get them out,” said Chris Maxwell, Dixie Heights Head Coach. “We have been touching the ball a bit better. We were hitting the ball the first two innings. I think their pitcher got a little bit rattled. We took advantage of that, built a big lead and held on.”

Dixie Heights batted an impressive .428 (15 for 35) overall. Senior right fielder Brandon Brooks went 3 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored. Wilson went 3 for 4 with a triple, RBI and run scored and junior catcher Ethan Bosley went 3 for 4. Junior first baseman Owen Lawrence went 2 for 4 with one run scored. Senior third baseman Mark Dugan hit a home run driving in three and scoring twice. Flynn and senior center fielder Brennan Staton had doubles. Staton drove in three.

St. Henry batted .286 (8 for 28) overall. Junior center fielder Matt Resing went 3 for 5. Sophomore John Lubert belted a grand slam in the fifth inning and senior shortstop Luke Mason batted in two.

Dixie Heights plays host to Lloyd Memorial (10-14) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. St. Henry plays host to Highlands (16-10) on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Boone County 8, Cooper 7:

The 33rd District seeding series ended like all but one of the six overall series in a split. The Rebels (9-14) downed the Jaguars (9-18) taking advantage of four Cooper errors and committing none. Boone County scored four unearned runs in the win.

Cooper finishes 3-3 in district seed play and Boone County finished 2-4. Cooper will play Ryle in the 33rd District semifinals and Boone County faces top-seeded Conner.

The Rebels built a 7-2 lead after five innings. But Cooper came back to tie it with five runs in the top of the sixth inning. But Boone County scored once in the bottom of the sixth to make the final score.

With two out, Boone County sophomore third baseman Chris Henson doubled to center. Senior shortstop Jayden Wilson then singled to right to score Henson.

Senior Jason Williams (1-0) walked junior Chase Gartner to start the top of the seventh. But he retired the next three Jaguars to finish the game.

Senior Justin Huff made his first start in a while striking out six and walking one pitching five innings. Senior Issac Vest took over in the sixth inning walking three before Williams finished the game.

The Rebels batted .259 (7 for 27) overall. Wilson went 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored and Henson doubled and scored three times. Williams batted in three.

“(Justin Huff) came out and pitched a heck of a game,” said Wayne Huff, Boone County Head Coach. “He kept us in the game. The hitting started in the first inning. We put runs on the board and got ahead of them. Cooper wasn’t going to give up. It was a good game for us. We put the ball in play. When you do that, good things happen.”

Junior Trevor Ollier started the game for Cooper pitching five innings. He struck out two and walked three. Junior Logan Dean (1-1) pitched the sixth inning taking the loss striking out two and walking none.

Cooper batted .296 (8 for 27) overall. Sophomore shortstop Mark Nowak went 2 for 4 with a solo home run. Senior designated hitter Jake Jennings went 2 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored. Gartner homered scoring twice. Junior third baseman James Crowe doubled and batted in two.

Cooper travels to Beechwood (21-4) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Boone County plays host to Walton-Verona (17-8) on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Covington Catholic 13, Newport Central Catholic 2:

The Colonels (15-11) run-ruled the Thoroughbreds (13-10) in six innings.

CovCath batted .308 (8 for 26) overall. Junior catcher Max Lawrie led the way going 3 for 4 with two home runs, eight RBI and two runs scored. Freshman shortstop Jackson Reardon added a home run driving in two. Senior designated hitter Matt Gerdes scored three times and sophomore center fielder Charlie Dieruf scored twice.

CovCath had five extra-base hits. Senior first baseman Will Burke and freshman third baseman Marcus Suwinski had doubles.

Senior Luke Lehnof (4-0) pitched a complete game for the Colonels. He struck out five, walked one and allowed just two earned runs.

NewCath batted .250 (6 for 24) in the loss. Senior Brennan Seiter went 2 for 3 with one run scored. Senior right fielder Luke Brockman went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI.

CovCath plays at Holmes (5-20) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. NewCath plays host to Newport (2-15) on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Scott 6, Calvary Christian 0:

The Eagles (8-19) downed the Cougars (17-11) in a crucial 37th District game. Scott finished 1-2 in district seed play and Calvary Christian finished 0-3. Scott will play Bishop Brossart and Calvary Christian will face Campbell County in the district semifinals.

Junior Blaise Huiet (2-6) pitched a complete game earning the win for Scott. He struck out 10, walked two and allowed no hits.

Scott had two errors to one for Calvary Christian. The Eagles scored three unearned runs off the one Cougar error.

“All my pitches were on. I was hitting most of my spots, which is a good thing,” Huiet said. “With good hitters, I just try to get weak contact. The defense made plays when needed.”

The Eagles batted .292 (7 for 24) overall. Junior catcher Leo Brown led Scott going 2 for 3 with two RBI. Sophomore shortstop Dylan Giffen doubled and scored twice with junior center fielder Casey Hilbert adding one double.

“We got some key hits when we needed to,” said Kevin Goins, Scott Head Coach. “Calvary has four or five guys that you have to be careful with and Blaise did a good job with it. I think we’re turning the corner at a good time. I could care less what our record is as long as we’re playing good baseball going into the district tournament. I like where we’re at right now.”

Scott plays Walton-Verona (17-8) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Calvary Christian travels to Dayton (5-12) for a 5 p.m. game.

Simon Kenton 18, Holy Cross 7:

The Pioneers (15-10) led 8-0 after two and never looked back. They had two errors to four for the Indians (9-19).

Senior Hunter Parks (3-1) pitched three innings to earn the win striking out three, walking four and allowing one earned run. Junior Ben Stephens pitched the next three striking out three, walking one and allowing three earned runs. Senior Riley Cross finished the game striking out one. Stephens went 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI and four runs scored. Cross doubled and batted in three.

Simon Kenton batted .342 (13 for 38) overall. Senior catcher Tom Lind went 2 for 3. Junior Dakota Brown, junior Gavin Riley and sophomore Chad Atchley added doubles. Atchley and Riley batted in three and Brown batted in two. Senior Nolan Schreiber, senior Logan Grubenhoff and junior Ian Powell scored two runs each.

Holy Cross batted .355 (11 for 31) overall with four players recording multi-hit games. Junior second baseman Jared Davis went 3 for 5 with a double, RBI and run scored. Eighth grade catcher Cooper Brue went 2 for 3 with one RBI. Junior shortstop Riley Harber went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Senior left fielder Ryan Pulsfort went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Senior Matt Sutton and senior Kyle Holmes added doubles.

Simon Kenton plays host to Beechwood (21-4) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Holy Cross plays host to Cincinnati (Ohio) Mariemont at 7 p.m.

Woodford County 6, Ryle 2:

The Raiders (13-12) scored twice in the first inning, but could not add to it in a road loss against the Yellow Jackets (19-9).

Senior designated hitter Josh Furtado led off the top of the first with his third home run of the season. Junior second baseman Roman Furuta doubled then moved to third on a wild pitch. After freshman pitcher Dylan McIntyre walked, Furuta scored on an error.

Ryle batted .240 (6 for 25) overall. On the other side, Woodford County batted .357 (10 for 28).

McIntyre (3-4) pitched into the sixth inning take the loss. He struck out four, walked one and allowed three earned runs and nine hits. Senior Tyler Sickmeyer finished the game.

Both teams had two errors. Woodford County had three unearned runs to one for Ryle.

Ryle travels to Bishop Brossart (15-12-1) on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Softball:

Dixie Heights 16, Lloyd Memorial 1 (3 innings):

The Colonels (15-4) won their 10th in a row with a run-ruling of the Juggernauts (2-13-1). Dixie Heights scored two unearned runs off two Juggernaut errors.

Eighth grader Valkyrie Ison (1-0) earned the win pitching a complete game. She struck out two, walked three and allowed one earned run and two hits.

Dixie Heights batted .722 (13 for 18) with eight extra-base hits. Sophomore center fielder Taylor Ingram went 2 for 2 with a home run, double, three RBI and two runs scored. Junior shortstop Ella Steczynski went 3 for 3 with two triples, one RBI and two runs scored. Senior second baseman Bri Patsel went 2 for 3 with a triple, double, two RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Skylar Mitchell went 2 for 3 with a triple and two runs scored. Sophomore designated hitter Riley Hopkins went 2 for 3 with a triple and run scored. Sophomore outfielder Carly Waters added two runs. Waters also stole two bases.

Dixie Heights plays host to Villa Madonna (10-7) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Lloyd Memorial plays host to Calvary Christian (8-14-1) on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Notre Dame 11, Scott 0 (6 innings):

The Pandas (9-7) led 5-0 after one against the Lady Eagles (13-16) and never looked back. Scott had four errors to two for Notre Dame and the Pandas scored three unearned runs.

Notre Dame batted .323 (10 for 31) overall. Senior shortstop Addison Mack went 3 for 5 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored to lead the Pandas. Freshman second baseman Ava Auberger went 2 for 5 with one run scored. Junior catcher Rachel Finke added a double and two RBI. Junior left fielder Kayla Northcutt added two RBI and freshman first baseman Abby Turnpaugh scored twice.

Senior Cam Steinbrunner (4-4) pitched a complete game to earn the win for Notre Dame. She struck out three and walked two.

Scott batted just .182 (4 for 22) overall. Sophomore shortstop Ivy Cochran went 2 for 3 to lead Scott. Senior left fielder Morgan Chalk had a double.

Notre Dame plays host to Ryle (13-12) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Scott travels to Cooper (20-5) on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game.

Conner 7, Newport Central Catholic 1:

The Lady Cougars (10-6) downed the Thoroughbreds (8-5) in a home 9th Region game.

Sophomore Mollie Sharp (8-4) pitched a complete game. She struck out 18, walking three and allowed one earned run.

NewCath had five errors to none for Conner. The Lady Cougars scored two unearned runs off those errors.

“It’s been hard to get in a rhythm,” said Shawn Sproles, Conner Head Coach. “We weren’t exactly putting the ball in play so the errors helped us get some things going.”

Conner batted .250 (7 for 28) overall. Sophomore first baseman Jalyn Cain went 2 for 4 with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored. Eighth grade infielder Averie Lightner went 2 for 4 with one RBI. Senior shortstop Alex Cobble scored twice.

“We just never give up on each other,” said Mackenzie Walton, Conner junior designated player. “It’s step by step and never rush anything. You just have to set and do what you know how to do.”

Conner travels to Walton-Verona (14-9) on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game. NewCath plays host to Holy Cross (9-7) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Walton-Verona 12, Gallatin County 1 (5 innings):

The Bearcats (14-9) knocked off the Lady Wildcats (6-15) on the road in 8th Region play.

Senior Audrey Pollard pitched a complete game. She struck out five, walked two and allowed just one hit and one earned run.

The Bearcats batted .320 (8 for 25) overall and drew seven walks. Pollard went 4 for 4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Addison Svec went 2 for 3 with a double and three runs scored.

“Our girls stayed on top of it with the bats and took advantage of walks when we needed,” said Natalie Meadows, Walton-Verona Head Coach. “We had a really good base running game. If we had a chance to get an extra base, we took the extra base. Audrey pitched a very good game. She had one inning where she struck out all three batters.”

Walton-Verona stole nine bases in the win. Pollard, senior catcher Lacey Alford, sophomore Demi Lavon and sophomore left fielder Delaney Moffitt stole two each. Lavon added two RBI and senior third baseman Kenzie Farmer scored two runs.

“It was really hard finding our timing for the first inning,” Lavon said. “But after the first inning, everyone found their timing. Everyone was making solid contact.”

Walton-Verona plays host to Conner (10-6) on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Other May 9 NKY Baseball Scores:

Dayton 9, Holmes 6

Lloyd Memorial 15, Ludlow 6

Other May 9 NKY Softball Scores:

Augusta 1, Newport 0 (forfeit)

Bracken County 12, Calvary Christian 0 (5 innings)

St. Henry 22, Ludlow 1 (3 innings)

Holy Cross 24, Bellevue 14 (5 innings)

Bishop Brossart 14, Holmes 0 (5 innings)

Villa Madonna 10, Dayton 0 (5 innings)

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