LONG DAY WORTH THE STAY, AS BRACKEN COUNTY WINS FIRST-EVER 10TH REGION ALL “A” CROWN – MUSTANGS TOO LITTLE TOO LATE, RALLY BUT POLAR BEARS HANG ON TO WIN 12-8. BEAT MUSTANGS FOR FIRST TIME IN MODERN HISTORY DATING BACK 18 VICTORIES TO AT LEAST 2002.
Taking their cue from Pendleton County, who broke a 17 Game losing streak to Brossart on Thursday, Bracken County would outdo their neighbors to the west, beating our Brossart Mustangs for the first time in modern history dating back to 2002, and over at least 18 games.
In a game where we sometimes expected the theme from the “Bad News Bears” to break out, Bracken County opened up a 10-1 lead in the fourth, threatening to run-rule our guys here on the Grand Stage of the 10th Region “A” Championship game.. From that juncture, we outscored the Bears 7-2, but the challengers made plays and Junior Josh Hamilton came on in relief of tiring Hank Krift to blank our Mustangs in the finale and preserve the victory for the boys from Brooksville. This, despite our Mustangs out-hitting the Bears 12-11. Brossart Senior Colin Combs was 2 of 4, hitting his second home run of the season, with 3 RBIs. Brandon Bezold (3-4), and Derek Martin (2-4) both had multiple hits vs the Bears. Junior Mustang Brandon Burkhardt was our starter and loser. In total we sent four hurlers to the mound in the nightcap. .
This completed an informal sweep of our Mustangs and Lady ‘Stangs in 10th Region “A” Competition on Saturday. Hank Krift, the ace of the Bracken County Pitching staff, started, went six complete innings, was the winning pitcher, and also went 2 for 5 at the plate, which produced 4 Polar Bears Runs.
The Polar Bears will now have the formidable task of taking on the Beechwood Tigers in the 9th/10th Sectional in Fort Mitchell for the trip to the “A” State Tournament at Campbellsville High School, the weekend of April 29th-30th.
EVAN MOORE STEALS THE SHOW IN THE NICHOLAS COUNTY GAME. PITCHES A COMPLETE RUN-RULE 11-1 DECISION, STRIKING OUT 10. GOES 3 FOR 3, HITS A PAIR OF HOME RUNS AND COLLECTS 5 RBIS
In what was billed as a potential pitchers battle, it was anything but. The Brossart bats came alive early and often, solving starter Senior Bryson Ring, chasing him after 3 innings where he allowed 5 Runs on 7 Hits. He gave way to reliever Blake Cobb, who pitched the final inning and two-thirds as the Mustang drew off to an 11-1 victory, pitting them with Bracken County who lie in wait, after run-ruling Calvary Christian. The two teams met in the 10th “A” Championship game an hour later..
In addition to Moore being perfect at the plate, including his 4th and 5th Homers of the campaign, five other Mustangs had multi-hit afternoons. Robbie Verst was 3 for 3, scoring on three occasions, and knocking in twe Mustangs baserunners. Logan Meyer, Colin Combs, and Brandon Bezold all contributed a pair of hits each.