With its first two batters sat down, it looked like Greenup County was going to have a quick first inning at the plate. Then the third out came ... 12 batters later.
Greenup County used a nine-run first inning to power past Raceland, 12-0, on Tuesday during Senior Night at Greenup County High School.
With the win, the Musketeers clinched the No. 1 seed in the 63rd District Tournament.
The two-out Musketeer rally started with a Seth Boyle triple past a diving attempt by the Raceland left fielder. After that, Greenup County coach Greg Logan watched as the next 10 batters followed Boyle’s lead.
“It’s good to do that with two outs, but we’d prefer to start it with zero outs,” Logan said. “The way they battled and kept hitting it, and once Seth started it, I felt everybody else was following suit right behind.”
Boyle scored later in the inning on a Will McCall single to left. After an error by Raceland plated another run, Austin Forbes was hit by a pitch to pick up an RBI.
Jonah Stanley followed it up with an RBI single, and then the next two Greenup County batters were beaned, scoring two more runs.
Later, Boyle hit a two-run double over the Rams’ center fielder to help the Musketeers cap off the first with nine runs, six hits and three hit batters.
Logan said it was typical to see his team start hitting after Boyle did. It was even more fitting that it was the case on Senior Night.
“Seth is just a great senior leader,” Logan said. “As Seth goes, Greenup County baseball is going to go. The other kids see that and they want to try and play at that level because the level he plays at is so high.”
What’s more impressive for the Musketeers is that three of the hits came on 3-0 counts, including Boyle’s double.
“We want to get our reps in and get some swings in,” Logan said. “We haven’t played since Friday and I want to get our kids back in the groove and swinging the bats.”
Boyle finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs and the only extra base hits of the game. He also finished the game on the mound, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Senior starting pitcher Will McCall picked up the win. He struck out four and allowed just one hit in three innings.
It was only McCall’s second start since returning from a sprained ankle. His first was on April 30 in a loss to Rowan County.
This start was a little better, said Logan.
“I was encouraged by Will’s performance tonight,” Logan said. “Will had a rough performance the last time, but we’re seeing improvement. We need Will because we’re counting on our seniors Zach Hutchinson, Will McCall and Seth Boyle to step up and lead us on the mound.”
McCall also stepped up at the dish, putting up a 2-for-3 night with two RBIs.
Raceland (14-13) had only two hits in the game from Kyle Moore and Zayne Sammons. The Rams are now 0-4 in district play.
Greenup County (17-9) moved to a 5-0 record in district play, something in which Logan said his team takes real pride. Especially after falling in the first round of the district tournament last season.
“I think we made a statement that we went 5-0 so far,” Logan said. “I think we made a statement we’re probably the best team in the district and I think it’s an easy choice right now.”
Greenup County, along with Boyd County, will travel to Lexington to play in the Fayette County Invitational Tournament.
The tournament should be a good tune-up for both teams because it features some of the best baseball programs in the state.
“We’re going to have to elevate our game,” he said. “We’re going to have to play at a level way above this. We’re going to have to have great pitching because we’re going to see great pitching.”
RACELAND 000 00 — 0 2 2
GREENUP 903 0X — 12 9 0
Davidson, Gollihue (1) and Tolliver. McCall, Hunt (4), Boyle (5) and Hutchinson, Coldiron (5). W — McCall. L — Davidson. 2B — Boyle (G). 3B — Boyle (G).