Russell completed its four-game stint in the Danville Spring Break Invitational with a 1-3 record.
Highlights came in the form of solid plate presence from J.D. Pridemore and top-notch pitching by Justin Fraley and Alex Jones.
Fraley tossed six innings and gave up three early runs as Russell fell to Lincoln County, 3-1, on Monday. Heath Hensley went 2-for-3 in that game but the Red Devils stranded six baserunners.
Russell’s only win was an 8-1 defeat of Western Hills. Lefty Alex Jones pitched six innings and allowed just one hit. He fanned six batters. Bobby May was 3-for-4 and Pridemore was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Tate Trimble contributed with a two-run double in the first inning.
The Red Devils (5-6) went on to lose to Wayne County, 9-3, on Tuesday and to Danville, 12-5, on Wednesday. In each game, the opponent exploded for a huge inning — Wayne County cashed in on a six-run second while Danville enjoyed a nine-run first.
Pridemore provided two hits and a walk against Wayne County.
Troy Huffine was 2-for-4 in the loss to Danville. Garion Robinson and Austin Brinkman each executed run-scoring squeeze bunts in that contest.
Russell will next compete in the All “A” Classic as it travels to Menifee County on Monday.
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Bennett and Kinder; Jones and Cathey. W—Jones. L—Bennett. 2B—Trimble (R).
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McKee, Hensley (6) and Brinkman; Mahan, J. Graham (1) and W. Graham. W—J. Graham. L—McKee. 2B—Williams (D), May (R).
LOUISVILLE After opening its Spring Break trip with a 6-2 win over Grayson County on Tuesday, Ashland dropped a doubleheader to out-of-state teams on Wednesday at Louisville Christian Academy.
Evan Cox pitched a complete game against Grayson County. Cade O’Bryan went 3-for-4 and drove in a run, while Cox helped his own cause with two RBIs.
On Wednesday, the Tomcats lost games to Brother Rice of Chicago 11-2 and Pope John Paul II of Hendersonville, Tenn., 8-3.
Brother Rice scored three runs in each of the second, fifth and second innings against four Ashland pitchers.
Pope John Paul II scored four times in the second inning and went on to outhit the Tomcats 10-2.
Ashland (3-3) is scheduled to play Mount Carmel (Chicago) today.
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Cox and Fritz; Roberson, Logsdon (5) and Ramsey. W—Cox. L—Roberson. 2B—Logsdon (GC).
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Musielak and Hilliard; Salow, Hall (3), O’Bryan (5), Elam (7) and Fritz. W—Musielak. L—Salow. 2B—O’Bryan (A), Slone (A), Ferguson 2 (BR).
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Fritz, Kelley (2) and Mullins, Fritz; Heagarty, Gallasher (4) and Day. W—Heagarty. L—Fritz. 3B—Brinkley (PJP).
Pike Central 1
Matt Miller turned in a fine five-inning pitching performance and the offense did the rest in the fifth and sixth frames in a defeat of Pike County Central on Tuesday.
Spencer Taylor tossed the final two innings to lock up a win for Paintsville (6-4).
Pike Central’s only run came on a Paintsville error in the third inning.
Paintsville scored twice in the fifth after Luke Daniels singled to lead off the inning. He scored on a passed ball. Colby Burchett later drove in Miller with an RBI single.
In the sixth, Luke Daniels singled in Lane Daniels.
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