Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

July 4, 2014

Ashland American clutch with 2 outs

SUMMIT — In the first meeting between Ashland American and Russell-Flatwoods, Ashland scored eight times with two outs in the opening frame en route to a 10-5 victory.

Seven two-out runs over five innings did the trick on Thursday night for Ashland as they claimed the District 6 Area 2 9-and-10-year-old baseball All-Star title with an 8-1 win over Russell-Flatwoods at Fraley Field.

Ashland will take on Fleming County on Monday night for the right to play in the state tournament.

“The first time we played them we scored eight times in the first with two outs,” Ashland manager Matt McDowell said. “We just did a good job of taking advantage of opportunities. Give Russell a lot of credit, they are a good team.”

The Little Leaguers from Ashland again struck early plating two runs in the bottom of the first, when Kolby Coburn ripped a single through the left side of the infield.

Asher Stevens supplied Ashland with three more runs in the bottom of the second. The right-hander drilled a 1-1 offering over the left fence.

“That was his first home run,” McDowell said. “He has hit the top of the fence and everywhere else but over, so it was a big deal for him. I’m really proud of him.”

Ashland scored once in each of its final three at-bats, with the only non-two out run coming in the fourth when Johnathon Stevens scored after several errant throws on his attempted steal of second.

The forth was also when Russell-Flatwoods scored its only run. With runners on second and third and two away, Mason Quinn delivered a single up the middle plating Trent Tice. C.J. Bartram tried to follow Tice to the plate but was throw out after a perfect relay throw by Johnathon Stevens.

It was the second nice defensive play Stevens made on the night. In the second, he knocked down a grounder and threw out the runner from his knees.

“You’ve got to know Johnny,” McDowell said with a smile. “He was just showing off for the paper.”

The Ashland pitchers didn’t need much help, however, as they allowed just one hit and three base runners.

Ryan Atkins, Coburn, and Asher Stevens combined to strike out 11 Russell-Flatwoods batters.

“We really have four or five pitchers and can go as deep as six or seven,” McDowell said.

Atkins started the game throwing three innings without allowing a hit to pick up the win.

“I got a little nervous in the third, but he really battled through. He is a tough kid,” McDowell said of the left-hander. “He has a good fastball, and he has a changeup that is pretty wicked and throws them off.”

All of Ashland’s pitchers will be available for the championship game on Monday.

RUSSELL-FLATWOODS    000    100    1    1    3

ASHLAND AMERICAN    231    11x    8    6    1

Beardsly, Tice (5) and Bartram. Atkins, Coburn (4), A, Stevens (6) and Coburn, Flowers (4). W - Atkins. L – Beardsly. 2B: Atkins (A). HR: A. Stevens. (A).  

 

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 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

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
    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

  • 0716softball.jpg KHSAA pushes presence of masks

    Fairview’s Sydney Ekers and Lewis County’s Kelsey Rizzo didn’t wear masks to play softball until after they were struck in the face by line drives.
    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has made a recommendation that it hopes will reduce such instances.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Ellis on 'leave' for Fairview volleyball

    Lauren Ellis is stepping aside as Fairview’s volleyball coach for this fall in order to complete coursework on her master’s degree, she said Tuesday.

    July 16, 2014

  • KHSAA board recommends use of protective head gear in softball

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Board of Control conducted its first meeting of the 2014-15 academic year at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Northern Kentucky on Monday morning.

    July 15, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
SEC Zone