March 29 - Simon Kenton 10, BBHS 3
Simon Kenton Bests Our Mustangs 10-3 Tuesday Afternoon in Independence. Charles Hartig returns to the mound, goes 1 2/3 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits. He was also 1 for 2 at the plate with a pair of ribbies. This was Senior Charles Hartig’s first appearance since being struck by a line drive on opening day at Harrison County back on March 17th. Mitchell Combs was the pitcher of record.
March 30 - BBHS 9, Bellevue 1
Sixth Run Fourth Inning propel Mustangs to 9-1 win over Bellevue in wind gusty conditions. Ryan Ebert, Andrew Beck, and Mitchell Combs all go 2 for 3 . Ebert and Evan Moore plate 2 runs each. Jackson Dietz the starting pitcher and winner goes 3 innings allowing a single run and 3 hits. Ebert goes 3 innings in relief, blanks the Tigers while whiffing 4.
Ryan Ebert (pictured) remains sizzling hot at the plate, going 2 for 3 knocking home a pair of teammates as the Mustags smoke Bellevue 9-1 Wednesday in the River City.
Ebert is hitting a torrid .454 heading into Thursday’s district seeding showdown with Calvary Christian on Thursday. Three other Mustangs – Andrew Beck, Evan Moore, and Collin Combs were hitting above .375 coming into the Bellevue game on Wednesday. With the win the Mustangs improve to 3-4 and will seek to get back to .500 on Thursday when we play a key district seeding contest versus Calvary Christian at 5pm at Cordero Field (Pioneer Park) in Independence.
NOTE: We have lost the services of shortstop Logan Meyer for the next three weeks. Logan pulled a muscle in his right leg in the Ludlow game.
This was my first trip to the “new” Bellevue Vets Field, home of the Bellevue Tigers. I was quite impressed. This, like Meinken Field in Covington, is a Cincinnati Reds collaborative effort with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, hence the name – St. Elizabeth Healthcare Field. It is a first-class baseball facility. Turf infield, skin base paths, and natural grass outfield, with dimensions of 312 – 390- 312. It is both a softball/baseball complex, much like I envision springing up at the MAC in the years ahead. There is also a nice press box that could easily accommodate four game administrators/broadcasters. Had I been aware of its availability we would have done a broadcast of the Bellevue game.
MARCH 30 - LADY 'STANGS 17, PARIS 3 - 10TH REGION "A', OPENING ROUND
Our lady softballers cleared their first hurdle in a quest for the 10th Region All “A” Classic Championship, by defeating Paris 17-2 in three innings on Wednesday afternoon in Paris. The 10th Region “A” Title has eluded us since last winning it in 2016.
In this game Senior Kinsey Gulley, pictured at left, hit the first home run of her high school career, and her classmate, Bentley hit the fourth of her career.
With the win the Lady ‘Stangs improve to 6-4 on the season.
According to their schedule the girls will return to action on Wednesday, April 6th vs Conner in Hebron.
MARCH 31 - BBHS 6, Calvary Christian 0 - 37th District Seeding Game
Evan Moore hurls complete game shutout, as Mustangs down Calvary Christian 6-0 in district seeding match, and go one-up in seeding competition with Scott and Campbell County remaining. Moore helped his own cause by going 2 of 3 at the plate, knocking home a pair of teammates. On the mound he allowed no runs, 5 hits, while striking out five Cougars. Mitchell Combs had the big blow of the afternoon a two run home run in the fourth inning, his first of the season, and a total of 3 RBIs on the day. Brandon Bezold was perfect at the plate, going 2 for 3. And Keegan Gulley chimed in going 1-3. With the win the Mustangs claw back to .500 at 4 and 4, while defeating Calvary for the 19th consecutive time.
Boone County comes to call at St. Mary for a 5pm game on Friday.
Mitchell Combs put the Mustangs up 4-0 in the third inning with a 2 Run blast. On the day Combs was responsible for plating three teammates, while pitching a complete game shutout.
APRIL 1 - Boone County 11, BBHS 2
Boone County Lays Over Our “Minus Seniors” Mustangs 11-2 in lower 40 degree temperatures on Friday in Alexandria. Charles Hartig, our one senior on the roster on this day, still a few appearances short of his top efforts, made his second start of the season, going three complete innings where he allowed 3 earned runs, while giving up 7 hits. Jackson Dietz and Collin Combs combined to finish out the complete game, allowing another earned run. The earned runs were manageable, however 7 Mustang errors contributed to 7 additional unearned runs, which we were unable to overcome. Our remaining five seniors were committed to the Senior Class Play. Giving credit where due, Boone County Senior Jayden Wilson went six innings allowing no earned runs while mowing 13 Mustangs down on strikes to win his second game of the season. Offensively, our guys were only able to generate four hits in the game with Brandon Bezold doubling and scoring one of our two runs. Evan Moore and Collin Combs knocked home our two runs. The Mustangs return to full-strength (minus injuries) at 1:30pm on Saturday at home, when we host St. Henry in a NKAC Division II contest.,
APRIL 2 - BBHS 11, St. Henry 11
Our Mustangs and the St. Henry Crusaders, who had defeated CovCath 18-0 less than 15 hours earlier in the “Dirty Bag” Classic at Y’Alls Park in Florence, hooked up in a Saturday afternoon slugfest that resulted in an 11-11 tie. The game was marred by an injury to Brossart Sophomore Centerfielder, Alex Amin at the end of the top of the seventh inning, after St. Henry had overcome a Brossart 11-10 advantage. Due to the serious nature of the injury, a twenty-fine minute delay, and emergency medical equipment on the field, the game was called at that point by mutual agreement by both camps, who both take a half win and a half loss. Both teams scored 11 runs. St. Henry had 11 hits and the Mustangs 8. Each team sustained three errors. Adam Bezold went yard in the 2nd inning, our team’s seventh round-tripper of the season, compared to the 3 that were hit in 2021. Bezold ended up with 4 RBIs on the day. Freshman Keegan Gulley went 2 of 4 with a double. Brandon Bezold and Collin combs also doubled. Andrew Beck was our starting pitcher and got touched up for four runs in the top of the first inning. He then settled down and shut out the Cru in his next two innings of work. Brandon Bezold entered in the top of the fourth allowing 5 runs, six hits while striking out 4. We will be back in action Monday with an NKAC Division II game at 5pm versus Newport at the friendly confines of St. Mary.