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April 22, 2013

THE WEEKLY CYCLE: A new energy for the Tomcats

ASHLAND — Pink Lemonade, Grape, Pomegranate, Berry, Orange and Lemon-Lime.

Those are the six flavors of 5-hour Energy currently on the market.

The Ashland Tomcats created an energizing dose of their own on Saturday in the form of Lion-Eagle Elixir.

In the span of just a little more than five hours, Ashland dropped two 64th District foes and rapidly changed the complexion of its season.

Senior Jake Hall accounted for both pitching wins — the Boyd County game started on Tuesday and concluded on Saturday, allowing him to throw two innings of relief in that one and then start the afternoon affair against Fairview.

Hall said the team had a heart-to-heart discussion with one another following a disappointing 8-5 loss to East Carter on Thursday.

“We had a big group talk,” Hall said. “Our morale has kind of been down. We came back fired up. We came out and showed out.”

It was a Tomcat Take Two, so to speak. Not only did they take two district wins, they hope to have opened a fresh chapter for 2013.

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‰Did you catch the strange happenings that went down in Morehead on Tuesday? The following information is courtesy of The Morehead News …

Rowan County coach Jason Davis would have basically preferred a loss rather than a weather-shortened win against Greenup County after seeing his team commit three seventh-inning errors that led to the Musketeers scoring four runs and taking a 7-4 lead.

However, because of rain and hail, the game was called before Rowan County could bat in the bottom half of the inning. A National Federation of State High School Associations rule states that if a game is called when the teams have not had an equal number of completed turns at bat, the score shall be the same as it was at the end of the last completed inning.

The ruling wouldn’t have been in effect if it was a district seeding game.

So, Davis and the Vikings settled for a 4-3 win, one which the coach called “bittersweet”because he apparently wanted his team to learn from those late-game miscues.

Double

‰The resumption of the Boyd County-Ashland baseball game from Tuesday turned out to be tough timing for the Lions. The game began on Tuesday, but was stopped in the fifth inning due to severe storms in the area, and then rescheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. Thing was, the Lions got locked up in a wild affair with Hazard on Friday night that ended just after 10 p.m.

Plus, prom was Saturday evening.

Not that they want any excuses, but there are a couple for Boyd County to use if they so choose.

‰On the subject of taxing turnarounds, Boyd County travels to Ashland on Tuesday just three days after being saddled with a hard-to-swallow one-run defeat.

Take a peek at the last few results of the Lions-Tomcats series to refresh your memory as to why this rivalry is at a peak right now: 7-6 Ashland (2013), 3-2 Ashland (2012), 2-0 Boyd County (2012), 3-2 Ashland (2012), 4-1 Boyd County (2011), 7-4 Boyd County (2011), 7-1 Ashland (2011), 2-1 Boyd County (2011).

Done the math yet? Since 2011, Ashland and Boyd County are even at 26 runs apiece, their records against each other are both 4-4, and they have one 16th Region championship apiece.

Triple

‰Boyd County and Ashland both rank inside the top 40 of the latest state coaches' softball poll. The Kittens and Lady Lions go at each other again on Thursday at Ashland.

‰Here’s a few more softball games to circle on the calendar this week: Johnson Central at Boyd County (Tuesday), Rowan County at Russell (Tuesday), Johnson Central at Ashland (Friday). Also, Boyd County hosts its annual Spring Classic this coming weekend.

‰In the 15th Region, the Tigers are on a tear. Paintsville, that is. The boys in blue have sunk their cleats into winning territory and haven't strayed away for most of this month. They have now won eight straight, including a pair over 57th District rival Lawrence County, since losing to Pikeville on April 1. They have a chance to redeem themselves against the Panthers tonight at 6.

Home run

‰The Quarterback and Point Guard have been known to jinx teams before. Well, now the Shortstop strikes. The Super Seven Curse is alive and well. Both of the SS’s top teams, as released last Monday, lost last Monday night — Russell edged Ashland in softball and Boyd County bludgeoned Lewis County in baseball. Sorry!

‰Keep an eye on the 63rd District baseball battles this week, as they should undoubtedly provide some entertainment. Russell and Raceland begin their two-game series at Raceland tonight, while Lewis County and Greenup County start theirs tonight in Lloyd.

‰With wins over Greenup County, East Carter, Lewis County and 14th Region contender Hazard since returning from Florida, Boyd County deserves the No. 1 spot in the rankings despite narrowly losing to Ashland on Saturday.

The Lions and Tomcats do battle again on Tuesday at Ashland with the stakes even higher for the 64th District top seed.

‰As an interesting sidenote, I noticed that Raceland is the only All “A” school that has a spot in both the baseball and softball Super Seven this week. Kudos to the Rams/Lady Rams.

Snyder's

Super Seven

BASEBALL

1. Boyd County (11-8)

2. Lewis County (13-5)

3. Ashland (9-7)

4. Bath County (10-4)

5. Greenup County (12-8)

6. East Carter (9-10)

7. Raceland (11-6)

SOFTBALL

1. Ashland (12-7)

2. Boyd County (10-6)

3. Rowan County (15-8)

4. Russell (7-6)

5. Raceland (9-8)

6. East Carter (16-5)

7. Fleming County (9-10)

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

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