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Darby, Sammons (6) and Tolliver. Boyle and Hutchinson. W — Boyle. L — Darby. 2B — Hughes (G), Morris (R).
Lewis Co. 7
Lewis County’s good season has become record-breaking after it defeated Russell in the first round of the 63rd District Tournament.
The win gives the Lions the school record for most victories in a season with 27. It beats the 1986 team’s record, coached by Gary Kidwell.
“The goal is to go after that every year,” Lewis County coach Keith Prater said. “I’m happy for these kids to have that honor and have that opportunity.”
The win also puts the Lions in their second straight district championship game and second straight region tournament.
Lewis County was able to score runs behind the pitching of Sammy Holder, who threw a complete game and allowed two hits and struck out 10.
“I said it before but I think Sammy is one of the best players in the region,” Prater said. “”Don’t get me wrong — Boyle and the (Ashland’s Logan) Salow are, too — but he comes out and gives us all he’s got every night and he’s the most valuable for our team for sure.”
Russell’s only two hits came from senior Troy Huffine and Bryant Cathey. The only Red Devils’ run came after a rundown between first and second allowed a runner to cross the plate.
After guiding Russell’s (18-15) seniors to three straight region tournaments, Red Devils coach Mike Martino was obviously upset with the outcome.
“I hurt for my seniors because it’s been an honor to coach these young men,” said an emotional Martino. “This time of year good pitching is going to beat good hitting. We have good hitting, but this time of year pitchers are going to dominate.”
While Russell struggled to put runs up, Lewis County kept finding ways to score. Nick Thompson went 4-for-4 in the game with two RBIs and scoring twice.
Jordan McCann added two RBIs, one on a safety squeeze and another on a run-scoring single to left field.
“Our goal was to jump on them early and we were able to do that early with some small ball,” Prater said. “We hit the ball solid all night. If you make contact good things will happen.”
Lewis County (27-9) and Greenup County will meet tonight for the championship at Russell High School. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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RUSSELL 000 100 0 — 1 2 2
Holder and McCann. Mullen, Jones (3), Fraley (6) and Cathey. W — Holder. L — Mullen. 2B — Davis (L), Huffine (R).