Losers of four straight, Boyd County was searching for something positive Friday night before beginning postseason play Monday night.
A set of “solid” seniors provided just the spark the Lions were looking for, as the trio of Jason Anders, Zack Patton, and Corey Sublett combined to toss five innings, allowing just one run to outlast East Carter 2-1 in eight innings at Addington Field.
Anders, Patton, and Sublett, along with Robbie Shivel and Trevor Mullins, were all honored as part of senior night festivities before the game.
“They are just a solid group, with a lot of great kids,” Boyd County coach Brandon Ramsey said. “They have all just fit into their roles, and tonight they just pitched their way through, had the big hits and just made plays. It was good to see.”
The big hit Ramsey spoke of was supplied by Sublett, whose two-out run-scoring single to centerfield ended the extra inning affair.
Sublett also recorded the win on the mound, after not allowing a hit in the seventh or eighth inning.
The only run the trio allowed came in the top of the first, when Anders balked in Connor Stated from third base.
Junior Billy McCoy pitched the other three scoreless innings on the mound for the Lions.
With Fairview waiting in the first round of the 64th District Tournament on Monday night, Ramsey said it was important not to overwork any of his pitchers.
“We wanted to break it up just so we could have everyone come Monday,” he said. “We didn’t want to tax anyone more than we needed to. We only planned to pitch Billy two innings, but his pitch count wasn’t high so we trotted him back out there.”
East Carter (16-16) also opens postseason play on Monday against Elliott County. The Raiders also chose to use a variety of pitchers, five in all, in preparation.
The Raiders held Boyd County scoreless for the first five plus innings before Jake Cook’s triple to right field finally put the Lions on the board with one out in the sixth inning.
A hit like Cook’s triple proved to be elusive for East Carter. In each of the first six innings, the Raiders leadoff batter reached base only to be later stranded, outside of the first inning.
“We got guys on early in the inning, but we couldn’t get bunts down or big hits when we needed them,” East Carter coach Jeremiah Shearer said. “That is disappointing.”
While unable to come up with a big hit, the Raiders made plenty of important defensive plays to help keep the Lions at bay.
In the third inning, they escaped a bases-loaded one-out situation thanks to a nice double play. Shortstop Cole Brammer snatched Jacob Barnwell’s sinking line drive and flipped it to second baseman Derek Keller to double off Shivel and end the inning.
“We dodged some bullets early,” Shearer said. “They hit some balls right at us and we were able to get some double plays. I was really happy with the way that we played defensively.”
Brammer, who was at the center of most of the defensive gems, was also 2-for-3 for the Raiders. Cole Boggs logged the only East Carter extra base hit, a triple in the second inning.
Mullins was 2-for-3 for the Lions.
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Floyd, Adams (4), Boggs (6), Staten (6), Duncan (8) and Wells. Anders, Patton (3), McCoy (5), Sublett (8) and Barnwell. W – Sublett. L – Duncan. 2B: Barnwell (BC). 3B: Boggs (EC), Cook (BC).