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April 10, 2009

Lawrence's Chandler Shepherd takes state record

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LOUISA — Lawrence County pitching sensation Chandler Shepherd snatched a state record away from Greenup County on Thursday night with another shutdown performance.

Shepherd, a sophomore, fired a one-hitter to stymie the Musketeers 2-0 and extended his streak of scoreless innings to 43.

Former Greenup County pitcher Tyler Hieneman set the old mark of 37 last season. But the Musketeers again came away empty-handed against Shepherd in a repeat of last year’s state quarterfinal game won by Lawrence County 4-0.

“Somehow, we’ve got to figure out how to score a run off this guy and find a way to beat them,’’ said Greenup County coach Greg Logan. “Lawrence County has a great program and a good ballclub. I would say that Shepherd is the best pitcher in the state of Kentucky at this time.’’

He looked the part Thursday. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder struck out 11 batters and walked none while throwing 77 pitches.

“Chandler was outstanding,’’ said Bulldogs coach Travis Feltner. “He just commands the strike zone.’’

Shepherd hasn’t allowed a run since May 10 of last season against Montgomery County. Greenup County managed only three baserunners — two via errors — but mounted a threat to Shepherd’s streak in the second inning.

Zack Reed led off with a deep drive to left center that went for a double. For a split second, Shepherd wondered if it might get over the fence.

“That went through my mind,’’ he said. “It scared me a little bit. I left the pitch up in the zone.’’

A sacrifice bunt moved Reed to third base. The Musketeers then tried to execute a squeeze play, but the bunt went foul and Shepherd slammed the door with two strikeouts.

“It would have meant a lot to get a run there because our former pitcher had the record,’’ Logan said. “That was our big chance.’’

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