|Indian go 5-0 in district
By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor
Sophomore shortstop Brandon Dyer delivered a two-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday evening at Bobby Joe Whitaker Field as the Montgomery County Indians topped Bourbon County, 5-4.
The win gave the Tribe a 5-0 record in 40th District action and raised their overall mark to 17-3.
Junior right-hander Seth Adams came on in relief of starter Tyler Jacobs and held the Colonels to a run on two hits over the final four innings to pick up his fifth win of the season in seven decisions.
Meanwhile, Jacobs, who beat the Colonels in an earlier meeting at Paris, had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run to spark the Montgomery County offense.
Montgomery County has one regular season district game remaining. That comes up Saturday when the Indians play Clark County at Cardinal Field in Winchester at 1 p.m.
The game with Bourbon County was a back-and-forth affair.
Bourbon County took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Braxton Earlywine singled, took second on a walk, stole third base and then scored when Brycen Collins hit into a double play.
The Indians came back in the bottom of the inning to score twice.
Dyer reached on an error and Jacobs singled to move Dyer to third. He scored when Luke Fuller grounded out and then Jacobs came across when Devin Johnson reached on an error. That turned out to be the only errors the Colonels committed in the game but they made a big difference.
Bourbon County tied the game in the second when Shane Crump walked with two outs, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Chazz Parker’s single.
The Colonels took the lead back in the top of the third when Earlywine led off with a triple to the fence in right-center and scored on out later on Brycen Collins’ single.
The Indians tied the game in the bottom of the inning at 3-3 when Dyer led off with a double and scored on a base hit by Jacobs.
Jacobs, 5-0 on the season, was bothered by uncharacteristic control problems, walking four batters in the first three innings. Coach Chris Varney brought in Adams in relief to start the fourth inning.
After yielding a leadoff double to Seth Greenlee, who was sacrificed to third base, Adams got out of the jam with a strikeout and a hard shot back to the mound that he made a solid defensive play on.
The Indians took the lead back at 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning when they needed four singles to score a run.
Ty Eads led off with a single before Dyer hit a hot shot to second that the Colonels turned into a double play.
But with two outs, Jacobs, Fuller and Devin Johnson got back-to-back base hits to allow Jacobs to round the bases and the game was tied up again at 4-4.
Bourbon County tied the game again at 4-4 in the top of the sixth inning.
Catcher Cameron Brady led off with a double, took third on Dalton Curtis’ sacrifice and scored on Greenlee’s groundout.
The deciding run came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Zach Workman came on in relief of Shane Crump to pitch for the Colonels.
He got the first two batters on a strikeout and a fly ball to center before senior catcher Braxton Hunley doubled to left-center.
Trevor Igo came in as a courtesy runner and took third when Ty Eads reached on an infield hit.
Then Dyer delivered a single to left to bring in Igo with what proved to be the winning run.
Adams retired the Colonels on six pitches in the final inning on a pop-up, a bouncer to the mound and a fly to center. Adams retired the last six batters he faced.
With his record now at 5-1, Adams has an earned run average of 1.53.
Hazard 6, MCHS 3
The Indians suffered only their third loss of the season in their only game last week when they fell to Hazard at Bobby Joe Whitaker Field.
Andy Baker and Jarrett Napier of Hazard combined to limit the Tribe to only five hits while the Bulldogs collected 10 hits and had four each in the fourth and fifth innings when they combined for five of their six runs.
Seth Adams started for the Indians and lasted until the fifth inning but gave up all of the runs, five of them earned. Brandon Dyer, in his first pitching appearance of the season, tossed two innings of hitless relief and struck out two.
Montgomery County scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning. Tyler Jacobs walked and then with two outs he scored on a triple by Adams. Jay Eads doubled home Adams and then scored when Jake Sponcil reached on an error.
Ty Eads had a pair of singles for the Indians.
All of the Bulldogs’ hits were singles except for a double in the first by Kyle Johnson.