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May 25, 2013

16th Region baseball: Breakfast of champion?

Lewis, Ashland meet in opener



“We kind of knew we were going to draw each other,” Davis smiled.

Rowan County won just two of its first 14 games before winning 16 of its last 21. Cameron Planck, a freshman pitcher who zooms his fastball 84-85 miles per hour, will foot the rubber.

“Jeremiah’s kids hit fastballs pretty good,” Davis said. “But Cam needs that tournament feel. I’ve got my mind made up about him because this may be our last game and he needs to get that taste.”

Boyd County (19-16) will likely take on Bath County flamethrower Cable Wright. Wright, a lefty who signed with Morehead State, has a fastball that registers in the low 90s. The Wildcats, coached by former University of Kentucky pitcher Brock Baber, went 20-9 this season.

“(Bath County) is one of the two teams we haven’t played,” said Boyd County coach Brandon Ramsey. “Hopefully we find some stuff on them over the next three days. We know about Cable, he’s very, very good.”

The Lions recently struggled against Salow, another hard-throwing southpaw.

“We got shut out against Logan Salow and we’re facing a guy very similar,” Ramsey said. “We’ve got to figure things out offensively.”

Ramsey has the luxury of having a handful of dependable arms, with Billy McCoy leading the staff.

Most coaches are in favor of the three-day tournament format, including Ramsey and Logan.

“That’s really what it needs to be,” Ramsey said. “Baseball’s meant to be played every day. Go at it three days in a row and see who has the best team.”

“It’s going to be the deeper team that wins it,” Logan said. “You may be on pitcher No. 4 or 5 by the time you get to Game 3.”

No All-Tournament Team

Neither the baseball nor softball tournament will have an All-Tournament team this season.

The decision, prompted by a proposal made in the meeting by Ashland athletic director Mark Swift, was voted upon and agreed upon by school delegates.

There will still be an official tournament Most Valuable Player selected by members of the media.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

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