Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

July 1, 2014

Fleming 9-10s force rematch vs. Morehead

Host All-Stars plate 10 in first, win 13-8

FLEMINGSBURG — Those 10 first-inning runs Fleming County’s age 9-10 All-Star baseball team scored against Morehead Tuesday?

Turns out the 12 players on the roster needed every one. Fleming County withstood a sixth-inning rally in its 13-8 win in the Area 1 District 6 finals at Fleming County Recreation Park.

Because Morehead suffered its first tournament loss, a third and deciding game begins at 6 tonight.

Fleming County sent 13 batters in the opening inning. What was impressive — or depressing if you’re a Morehead supporter — is the 10 runs came on just three singles to go with five Morehead errors, three wild pitches, five walks and three stolen bases.

Here are three reasons why Fleming County needed every one of its tallies: not a run over the next three innings; Morehead’s five runs in the sixth (11 batters came to the plate), including doubles from right fielder Derrick Stevens and second baseman Aiden Leuenberger; and four sixth-inning walks.

Morehead stranded 11 runners on Tuesday. There might have been a few more scores if not for an unusual ending.

Leuenberger sent a two-out double to center field. After Chase Alderman walked, third baseman Haven Ford reached first on an error, but Alderman was called out for interfering with shortstop Larkin McKee's throw to first, said Fleming County coach Shawn Emmons.

Morehead coach Mike Alderman didn’t see his son being called out, but he saw something encouraging — his team did not fold after Fleming County's big inning.

“Ten runs in the first inning, and that was the ball game,” coach Alderman said. “We played hard from there on, just couldn't get back into it. Last call at the end of the game didn't matter.”

There was nevertheless many things to enjoy.

McKee and Landon Lutz each had two hits, and they each scored three runs.

And yes, McKee is named after Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin. His mom, Terri McKee, said older son Bryson McKee is responsible.

“(Bryson) wanted to name him, and I said, 'fine',” Ms. McKee said.

And Larkin loves the distinctiveness.

“I like the name,” he says. “It makes me feel real good.”

Larkin McKee and Lutz were pretty strong pitchers, too. McKee struck out five over four innings, and Lutz fanned four over the final two.

“I think the pitching's more important, because if we can't play defense, we can't win games,” McKee said.

Lutz also had the defensive highlight when he was at second base. His over-the-shoulder catch of Jacob Plank’s pop-up ended the second inning.

Morehead scored once in the first and twice in the second without a hit. Problem was, Lutz’s catch left the bases loaded, and Morehead didn't score again until the sixth.

Fleming County scored once in the fifth on an error and twice in the sixth on doubles by Zeke Conn and Andrew Emmons.

FLEMING    (10)00    012    —    13    7    2

MOREHEAD    120    005    —    8    4    5

McKee, Lutz (4), Hargett (6) and Clark. Alderman, Bowling (4) and Mullen. W—McKee. L—Alderman. 2B—Conn (FC), Emmons (FC), Stevens (M), Leuenberger (M).

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014

  • Genuine throwback

    Todd Eastham is disproving the old cliche, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

    July 23, 2014

  • MARK MAYNARD: Looking for those who inspire

    Inspirtation, they say, comes from within. It is defined as an inspiring or animating action or influence.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722KYPGA_152.jpg Jones tops Gillum in playoff at Eagle Trace

    Ashland senior golfer Logan Jones didn't shoot his average Monday.
    He didn't mind.
    His three-over par 75 and one-hole playoff win over Elliott County junior Ryan Gillum gave him the Boys Open division title in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour stop at Morehead State University's Eagle Trace Golf Course.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 102213_329a.jpg Raceland tabs Clark as new girls basketball coach

    Jason Clark has a reputation of being — to use his word — “passionate” on the Raceland volleyball sideline.
    He plans to bring that same approach as the Lady Rams’ new basketball coach.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0305region2_389.jpg Pass the Mayo: East sophomore PG, Lady Raiders preparing for winter run

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0718spinda.jpg Steelers super fan Spinda to be recognized in Florida

    Shawn Spinda doesn’t have to use speech to profess his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    All it takes is a quick glance for a person to get the picture.
    But to absorb the whole picture, you’ll need to clear your schedule.
    Spinda is one of several fanatics who will be recognized at the Sports Fans Conference in Orlando, Florida, which is set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He is a “What a Fan” NFL Fan of the Year nominee.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0703rfLL0204.jpg Little League State Baseball: Ready to run

    Morehead 11- and 12-year-old All-Star baseball manager Toby Gardner collectively likened his team to a racehorse.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0717prokick1.jpg Prokicker.com camp Eleven Ashland Tomcat football players were part of the Ray Guy Prokicker.com camp at Huntington High. The high-profile camps are put on all over the country. Rick Sang, an Ashland native who befriended Guy 20 years ago, is the camp's founder.

    July 16, 2014

  • 0716fbpractice0105.jpg Four-down territory: Making summer football practice pit stops

    The popular Monday night catchphrase filled my room on Tuesday morning as my new alarm sounded off at 7 a.m.

    July 16, 2014 5 Photos