LLOYD Hunter Lacks didn’t lack for power.
Braydon Shore didn’t, either.
Together, the Raceland duo did in Greenup County in Monday’s 63rd District semifinal. Both homered to center, Shore added a two-run double, and the Rams eliminated the Musketeers, 10-0, in five innings.
The Rams meet Lewis County for the title at 6 p.m. today. The Lions, a 1-0 winner over Russell, are in the district final and 16th Region Tournament for the first time since 2016.
Raceland had more than Lacks (2 for 2, three runs scored) and Shore (2 for 3, two runs). Michael Sammons (2 for 2, two runs) drove in a pair. Pitcher Kirk Pence struck out seven.
“We scored at least one every inning,” Raceland coach Marty Mills said. “We moved runners when we had to move runners. Kirk did a good job of hittin’ the strike zone. … We’re not gonna wow you by any means, but we grinded some things out.”
For Greenup County (10-21), 2019 was a trying season — understandable because the Musketeers had no seniors, just three juniors and a bunch of underclassmen and middle schoolers. Coach Greg Logan hopes his team learned to endure adversity, and he saw maturity in each win in places you might not consider.
“Peach fuzz under the armpits, that’s one of our highlights,” Logan said.
Greenup County opened the game with Ashton Lacey’s single to left. He went to second on an error but advance no farther.
Lacks needed just four pitches into the bottom of the first to send Carson Wireman’s pitch over the center-field fence. Shore took Wireman to about the same spot one frame later.
“A big ball down and in,” Shore said.
Besides where the two shots landed, a commonality came forth — in each instance, Wireman was behind in the count.
After Shore’s shot, Pence’s groundout and Zach Francis’ reached first on an error. From there, a strange sequence of events surfaced. Designated hitter Caleb West appeared to have flied out to Cade Hunt, who seemingly lost the ball trying to remove it from his glove, and Francis was doubled off first.
Except it didn’t happen.
Instead, West got a single (he later scored on a wild pitch), and Francis was forced out. Sammons doubled home Lacks, who had been intentionally walked, and Jake Heighton’s single plated Sammons and Michael Kelly.
Their result: four Raceland runs, four Rams hits, and a 5-0 lead.
The Rams (29-7) scored somewhat more conventionally in the third — Francis’ sacrifice bunt scored Sammons.
In the fourth, Sammons walked and reached third on an error and a passed ball. Lacks’ single sent home Sammons, and Lacks made it 8-0 when he scored on a wild pitch. Heighton’s two-run single ended the game.
GREENUP CO. 000 00 — 0 3 4
RACELAND 141 22 — 10 9 1
Wireman, Tuel (5) and L. Bays, Wireman (5); Pence and Kelly. W—Pence. L—Wireman. 2B—Sammons (R), Shore (R). HR—Lacks (R), Shore (R).