Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 23, 2013

Hutchinson provides spark against Lewis

Kyle Hobstetter
The Independent

LLOYD — With a fourth straight loss to a district rival looming, Greenup County coach Greg Logan was hoping something would energize his team.

It took four innings, but his team finally seemed to energize themselves.

Greenup County came back from a four-run deficit to defeat Lewis County 6-4 on Monday at Greenup County High School.

After watching his team get swept by the district rival Lions last season, Logan said picking up the comeback win was huge for the mindset of his team.

“Last year we struggled against Lewis County,” Logan said. “We definitely didn’t want to have in our kids’ mind that they can’t beat Lewis County now. It was big for that reason and it was big as a district win.”

But to start the game, Greenup County struggled through the first three innings against Lewis County starter Brett Wampler.

Wampler allowed zero hits and only one ball left the infield and the senior threw just 26 pitches.

Lewis County’s offense would back up their pitcher, by getting two hits and a run in each of the first four innings.

“Brett pitched well enough to win this ball game,” Prater said. “He had just over 70 pitches through six innings, you can’t beat that. He pitched well enough to win us a ballgame.”

Sammy Holder paced Lewis County in the first four innings, and finished the game 2-for-2 with an RBI, two walks and two stolen bases. 

Holder also had the last hit of the game for Lewis County — a run-scoring double in the fourth inning.

“In my opinion, and I’m a little biased, Sammy is the No. 1 player in the region,” Prater said. “I don’t think he gets the respect he deserves. When he gets on with a base hit or a walk, we kind of rally around him.”

After going hitless through three innings and falling behind 4-0, the Greenup County bats finally showed some life through the middle of the Musketeers order.

Zach Hutchinson, Seth Boyle and J.B. Brown all doubled to start off the bottom of the fourth, shifting momentum to the Musketeers, Logan said.

“I felt like if we could get one run there and at least get us some momentum it would be big for us,” Logan said. “Those three doubles set the tone for the rest of the game.”

Starting off the Musketeers’ offensive output must have charged Hutchinson. The senior starting pitcher held Lewis County without a hit for the last three innings.

Hutchinson struck out seven in the final three frames, and finished the game with nine and threw 115 pitches to finish out the complete game.

“I felt like with all the weightlifting and conditioning throughout the fall and the winter, Zach was the one who was the most faithful,” Logan said. “He knew his body and knew what he was capable of, and I sure wasn’t going to take the opportunity away from him.”

After scoring another run in the fifth, Greenup County found itself with runners on first and third with no outs and Korey Morris up to bat.

After falling behind 0-2, Morris fought an inside pitch to left field to score Boyle and tie the game at four.

Later on in the inning with runners at second and third, Lewis County walked the bases loaded to set up a force out at any base.

The plan though would not come to fruition, as a wild pitch scored the go-ahead run for the Musketeers.

“We felt like that was our best option,” Prater said. “You could see the air come out when that happened.”

After another run in the sixth, Hutchinson closed the game out for the Musketeers by striking out the side in the seventh.

That gives the Musketeers a 3-0 record in the 63rd district, which is seeding teams for the first time this season.

Greenup County (12-8) and Lewis County (13-6) will meet again today at Lewis County and Logan is hoping to put to rest who the No. 1 team is come tournament time.

“We have it hanging in our dugout that Lewis County got us three times last year,” Logan said. “I think this will set the tone for us and the main thing is we reverse the tone from last year. It’s important we try not to split and get another win.”

LEWIS CO.    111    100    0    —    4    8    2

GREENUP CO.    000    213    X    —    6    7    2

Wampler and McCann. Hutchingson and Stiltner. WP — Hutchinson. LP — Wampler. 2B — Holder (LC), Hutchingson (GC), Boyle (GC), Brown (GC).