Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 1, 2013

THE WEEKLY CYCLE: The real season ready to begin

ASHLAND — Like many Cincinnati Reds fans who refrain from celebrating baseball season until the first pitch is thrown in the Queen City, the Monday Morning Shortstop can’t officially welcome his readers to the area high school baseball and softball seasons until spring break.

At The Independent, we call it “Florida Week,” when many teams take off for sunnier scenery with some sort of sand closeby.

As we wait for their return, we sports writers can finally take that long-awaited breather to rejuvenate after the basketball grind.

As for the athletes, this April Fool’s Day marks the time to get serious.

Even though the season technically started back in early March, baseball and softball are just now kicking into full swing.

The Shortstop is ready to swing for the fences with his first edition of “The Cycle” in 2013.

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‰The fickleness of Mother Nature has created some odd numbers. For instance, Boyd County softball has played just one game while Raceland baseball has eight games under its belt.

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‰Raceland’s first defeat of Ashland since 2008 should not be overlooked. These Rams have played tough competition closely in the early going. Key players have been seniors Zayne Sammons, their top pitcher, and senior catcher Ryan Tolliver. But the younger Rams are beginning to contribute, too. Sammons, a fifth-year varsity player, threw a complete game against the Tomcats on Friday.

‰Even though Logan Salow struggled with his command in the loss to Raceland, Ashland’s ace will be just fine. It was the first start for the University of Kentucky-bound senior. Teammate Evan Yongue is quickly showing what he’s capable of — he has 17 strikeouts and one run allowed in 12 innings pitched. “I know that me and Salow together can pretty much take anyone down,” he said confidently on Saturday.

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