WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - As the baseball saying goes, "pitching wins championships," and Letcher Central used that formula to perfection in winning the 14th Region championship.
In three games in the regional tournament, the duo of Jordan Short and Max Hall combined for three shutouts, and combine that with solid effort offensively and in the field, head coach Bryan Dean can be nothing but pleased with his team.
"The pitching is what held us in the game," says Dean. "Again, we shouldn't be here. If Max (Hall) don't pitch the game he pitches (Tuesday) against Estill County, he goes eight complete, and Jordan (Short) throws on Monday and (Wednesday). The pitching has been the great and the defense is behind them, so we've pitched to contact and it's worked out. Right now the kids are competing. They're competing at the plate and our pitchers are competing, trying to pound the zone, and defensively we're competing, so as long as we keep competing and playing hard and the effort is there, I'm going to be pleased."
The cougars, making their second appearance in the state baseball tournament, will open the first round against No. 5 Henderson County on Monday. The Cougars have already set a school record for wins in a single season with 29 and are now looking for their first win at state. Henderson County is making its fourth all-time and second consecutive appearance in the state tournament. The Colonels won the state championship back in 2000. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00pm Monday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.