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May 16, 2012

Deal McCoy: Boyd County sophomore stifles Greenup

LLOYD —  Usually Senior Day is about the home team’s elders playing their last game on their home field.

For Greenup County, Tuesday’s Senior Night was more about a Boyd County sophomore who was dominant on the mound.

Lions right-hander Billy McCoy pitched a complete game while giving up one unearned run as the Lions defeated the Musketeers 3-1 at Greenup County on Tuesday night.

Boyd County coach Brandon Ramsey said McCoy’s performance on the mound was the key to his team’s victory.

“Billy was outstanding,” Ramsey said. “He was able to locate, throw pitches for strikes and keep them off balance. He was able to control what he was doing the entire game.”

McCoy wasn’t overpowering — he had five strikeouts — but he was able to limit the Musketeers to no more than two hits an inning.

The sophomore gave up only one walk, which came in the first inning.

“Offensively we weren’t very good tonight,” Greenup County coach Greg Logan said. “We were guessing the whole time. I thought their pitcher dida great job tonight. He wasn’t overpowering but he was inside, outside, he’d throw a fastball up there and we would chase it out of the zone.

“It looked like a different ball club hitting the baseball tonight.”

Boyd County (16-19) didn’t look like it was guessing as the Lions put runs on the board early against Greenup County starter Seth Boyle.

After getting through the Lions’ lineup without much difficulty in the first two innings, Boyle gave up two runs in the third after four straight hits.

It started with a Jordan Smith double to the wall, followed by a Robbie Shivel run-scoring double and a Dylan Grimm single. Trey Salisbury brought home the second run with an RBI single into the left center field gap.

After seeing his team struggle most of the season at hitting with runners in scoring position, Ramsey is hoping Tuesday’s game serves as a template for the rest of the season.

“That’s where we’ve struggled, so hopefully we’re starting to come out of it,” Ramsey said. “I think a lot of it is the guys putting pressure on themselves when they get up there with runners in scoring position.”

After pitching a complete game shutout against Boyd County last week, Boyle couldn’t get past the third inning on Tuesday night.

Logan said the Lions knew what was coming with the junior on the mound this time.

“Last week when he was pitching against them, they were guessing,” Logan said. “It seemed like this week he looked like a totally different pitcher. And Boyd County, I thought they executed well and got some timely hits and we didn’t.”

The only run Greenup County could score in the game came on a series of unfortunate events for Boyd County in the fourth inning.

Boyle reached base on a dropped third strike and advance to second on a failed pickoff attempt. He scored when a ground ball to third base resulted in a bad throw to third base for the Lions’ third error in the inning.

But the Musketeers had chances the entire game — they left a runner stranded in all but one inning. Logan said getting runners around has been a big problem for Greenup County this year.

“That’s always been our issue,” Logan said. “We only give up three runs. Surely to goodness we could get more than three, but we couldn’t do it. So we have to pick it up offensively.”

Boyd County added an insurance run on Matt Blakeley’s RBI single in the seventh.

BOYD CO.    002    000    1     —    3    8    3

GREENUP     000    100    0      —    1    6    1

McCoy and Barnwell; Boyle, Moore (4) and Hutchinson. W — McCoy. L — Boyle. 2B — Smith.

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