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May 25, 2013

16th Region baseball: Breakfast of champion?

Lewis, Ashland meet in opener

ASHLAND — It’s commonly said that the best way to start your day is a good breakfast. Come breakfast time on Monday, 16th Region baseball fans will pay witness to perhaps the best way to start a region tournament.

Defending champion Ashland finally pulled off its first 64th District championship in eight seasons, and its reward?

A 10 a.m. date with Lewis County in the first round of this year’s tournament, which will be held at Ashland’s Alumni Field. The tournament draw meeting took place on Friday afternoon at Ashland Blazer High School.

Both Ashland coach Jeff Wilcox and Lewis County coach Keith Prater acknowledged that the opener of the tournament will be a hot ticket.

Following that game will be East Carter-Rowan County at 12:30 p.m., Bath County-Boyd County at 3 and Greenup County-Morgan County at 5:30. Tuesday’s semifinal round will hold first pitches at 5:30 and approximately 8 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m.

A clash of two of the region’s top pitchers should be on the docket Monday morning. Lewis County, which tallied a school-record 27 wins in spite of a taxing schedule this season, will likely send junior right-hander Sammy Holder to the hill while Prater believes his club will face University of Kentucky-bound lefty Logan Salow.

“It will be a great game for fans to watch,” said Wilcox, who last season guided the Tomcats to their first region title since 2004. The coach wouldn’t divulge his pitching plans.

Prater is preparing his team for Salow, who recently fired a perfect game against Lawrence County and shut out Boyd County in a 14-strikeout outing.

“I’m sure we’ll see Salow,” said the second-year Lions coach. “Let’s hope we show up and hit. If we can put runs on the board, we’re pretty tough to beat.”

Added Prater: “This has the potential to be the best game in the tournament, and unfortunately it’s in the first round.”

Greenup County coach Greg Logan chimed in on the subject.

“That’s a great way to open up (the tournament),” Logan said. “The Boyd County (versus Bath County) game will be great as well. You’re going to see some premier pitching on Monday.”

Logan, who has three region trophies to his name, hopes he rolled a Lucky 7 again. The Musketeers (22-12) drew the seventh slot on the bracket on Friday.

“No. 7’s been lucky for us and hopefully it is in 2013,” Logan said.

Morgan County (18-9) faces the Musketeers in the nightcap.

East Carter (18-16) and Rowan County (18-17) will feature a duel between former East Carter assistant Jason Davis, now heading up the Vikings, and current Raiders coach Jeremiah Shearer.

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