Day 1: State Baseball Tournament Live Blog

This is a live blog that will be updated throughout the first day of the state baseball tournament in Lexington.

11:15 p.m.

Day one at the high school state baseball tournament comes to a close and two out of the three WYMT coverage-area teams that played on day one adavance.

Hazard and South Laruel advance to play in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Region 12 champ Southwestern was eliminated 2-1 by Simon Kenton.

"I just tole them to come in here the first time we have been here in a while and just come in and compete, Southwestern head coach Alex Eaton said after the game. "I'm proud of these guys. We have been through a lot all year long and they laid it in between the lines, they gave everything they had, we just didn't come out on top.

It's baseball. You win some; you lose some. I'm going to tell the guys when they wlak out of here to hold their head high. I have loved them from the get-go and there's nothing to be ashamed of. They've been great all year, they were great tonight. We just didn't come up with the hit at the right time."

Johnson Central will headline day two, considering the Golden Eagles are the only WYMT coverage-area team in action.

The Eagles will play Tates Creek at 7p.m.

Quarterfinals start Wednesday. Hazard will play Wednesday at 6 p.m. versus Simon Kenton, and right after, South Laurel will play South Warren at 8:30 p.m.

10:35 p.m.

South Laurel advances to the quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over Scott County. Braden Miller throws a complete game, allowing just five hits and one run.

The Cardinals will play South Warren on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

10:25 p.m.

South Laurel gets another run off of Brennan Miller's two-out RBI. The Cardinals now lead 4-1 going into the top of the seventh. This is the last chance for Scott County, which has just five hits compared to South Laurel's eight.

Pitcher Braden Miller will now go for a complete game. 

10:00 p.m.

Scott County breaks a scoreless drought. nick Thurza singled, Jake Ohmer scored.

Cardinals still lead 3-1.

South Laurel is now up to bat in the bottom of the fifth. 

9:45 p.m.

South Laurel still leads 3-0 as the two teams go to the top of the fifth in Lexington. South Laurel pitcher Braden Miller will stay on the mound. Miller has only given up three hits all night to Scott County while striking out two.

9:35 p.m.

South Laurel takes a 3-0 lead over Scott County as Daniel Neal and Scott Allen knock in runners in the bottom of the third. Top of the fourth now and Scott is up to bat with the lead runner on. 

Blake Gay just struck out for the first out of the inning. 

9:15 p.m.

Going into the bottom of the third, South Laurel and Scott County are scorless. Each team has a total of two hits. Daniel Neal and Braden Smith provided the hits for South Laurel.

8:45 p.m.

After one inning, South Laurel and Scott County are locked up 0-0. Scott county does have two hits; Cardinals have none. 

7:52 p.m.

South Laurel and Scott County up next. 

7:50 p.m.

Southwestern is eliminated 2-1 to Simon Kenton after Wyatt Burton grounded into a double play. Simon Kenton will play Hazard at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

South Laurel and Scott County up next. 

7:45 p.m.

Southwestern is down to its final two outs with a runner (Chris Lynch) on second base. 

7:35 p.m.

Southwestern still trails Simon Kenton 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth.

Simon Kenton has a runner (Tristen Marcum) on first after Wyatt Burton walked him.

Burton replaces sophomore Vincent Boils on the mound. Boils gave up seven hits and two runs in five innings pitched.

7:15 p.m.

Simon Keaton is leading Southwestern 2-1 in the top of the fifth.

The Warriors got their run off of a Jacob Burchett triple. Hunter Chrome scored the run.

Warriors sophomore pitcher Vincent Boils has given up seven hits so far.

5:30 p.m.

The second WYMT coverage-area team in the state baseball tournament has taken the field at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.

12th Region champion Southwestern is taking on Region 8 champ Simon Kenton.

The Warriors have decided to go with sophomore pitcher Vincent Boils, who is 7-2 with a 1.13 ERA on the year.

The winner of this game will play Hazard in the quarterfinals Wednesday at 6 p.m. 

4:30 p.m.

The Hazard Bulldogs have won their first round game at the high school state baseball tournament, defeating McCracken County 5-1.

Despite being the smallest school -- and the youngest team -- in Lexington this week, the Bulldogs advanced to Wednesday's quarterfinals.

"Getting the opportunity to play here in the regular season this is just like home to us so it was not the big one when we did walk into the ballpark it was just another ball game,” Hazard head coach John Meehan said. “But you know my hats off to McCracken County, but our team just played a little bit better today. We are the smallest team in the tournament by far and we played great baseball defensively. Griffin Wells kept them off balance all day long, the bunts torn them up. I'm so proud of our kids right now I don't know what to say."

Wells threw a complete-game four-hitter, striking out seven Mustangs.

This was the first state tournament win since 1980 for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs await the winner of the Kenton-Southwestern game and will play the winner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

"We played Southwestern either the second or third week of the season and they beat up on us 6-1, Meehan said. "But we got a bunch of young kids -- we've got two seniors, no juniors and we've come a long way since then and either team we get, I know they're going to be great and we're to have our hands full."



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