By John Lachmann
Conner needed two unanswered runs in the final three innings to give Brad Arlinghaus a share of the Cougars’ all-time coaching wins record.
The Cougars beat Simon Kenton, 4-2, giving Arlinghaus 130 wins for his career. That ties him with former coach Scott Thomas.
Cougars junior first baseman Ryan Ward singled with two outs in the top of the fifth to break the tie.
It was also a day of firsts for Conner. Junior designated hitter Dustin Baker homered in the fourth to tie it on his first varsity hit, and junior right-hander Ryan Gosney went all seven innings to earn his first career win.
CONNER 100-111-0—4 8 3
at S.KENTON 200-000-0—2 6 2
WP: Gosney (1-0). LP: Marcum. HITTING LEADERS: C—Williams 2B; Hart 2-4; Ward 3-4; Baker HR. SK—Mundy 2-3. RECORDS: Conner 5-1, Simon Kenton 7-5.
WALTON-VERONA 8, GALLATIN COUNTY 5 – Sophomore catcher Daniel West drove in four runs in the Bearcats’ win in the first round of the Region 8 All ‘A’ Classic.
The score was knotted at two heading into the bottom of the fifth, but West doubled home three to key a four-run frame that gave Walton-Verona the lead for good.
He also lifted a sacrifice fly in the sixth for his fourth RBI of the game.
The Bearcats will face Trimble County in the next round at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
GALLATIN CO. 010-101-2—5 9 0
at W.-VERONA 110-042-X—8 12 2
WP: Lohr (1-2). LP: Sargent. HITTING LEADERS: WV—McWhorter 2-4; Lehkamp 3-4; Tilley 2-3; West 2-3, 2 2B, 4 RBI; Brankamp 2-4, 2B. GC—Flynn 2-3; Wilson 2B; Steurer 2-4. RECORDS: Walton-Verona 3-4, Gallatin County 2-6.
CAMPBELL COUNTY 10, NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3 – Senior third baseman Joe Kramer keyed the Camels’ six-run second inning with a two-run double on a 3-0 pitch.
Juniors designated hitter Brady Samson and shortstop Josh Reynolds added two RBI each for Campbell County.
NEWCATH 100-101-0—3 7 4
at CAMP. 360-010-X—10 9 2
WP: Dawn (1-1). LP: Donnelly. HITTING LEADERS: CC—Losey 2-4; J. Kramer 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Samson 2 RBI; Reynolds 2 RBI. NCC—Moeves 2-3. RECORDS: Campbell County 1-5, NewCath 5-7.
COVINGTON CATHOLIC 12, SCOTT 7 – Senior Brian Radcliff knocked in four runs, including three on a bases-loaded double in the second inning, for the Colonels in the Doc Morris Invitational.
Senior shortstop Reed Spata hit a grand slam in the bottom of the third to pace the Eagles.
COVCATH 062-020-2—12 14 3
at SCOTT 004-021-0—7 8 1
WP: Ruwe (2-1). LP: Seay. HITTING LEADERS: CC—Atkinson 2B; B. Heppler 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI; W. Heppler 2-4; Bailey 3-5; Galvin 2-3, 2 RBI; Radcliff 2B, 4 RBI. S—Trame 2-4; Spata HR, 4 RBI; Gay 2-4. RECORDS: CovCath 8-2, Scott 8-3.
BELLEVUE 12, VILLA MADONNA 0 – Seniors shortstop Dylan Huff and first baseman Hayden Snope knocked in three runs each for the Tigers.
Duff had a two-run single in the first and an RBI base hit in the third, and Snope plated one with a first-inning single and his safety in the second drove in two more.
BELLEVUE 316-20—12 13 0
at VILLA 000-00—0 1 2
WP: Poinsett (1-0). LP: Hermes. HITTING LEADERS: B—Arnzen 4-4, 2 RBI; Huff 3-4, 3 RBI; T. Ackerson 2-4; Snope 2-4, 3 RBI. RECORDS: Bellevue 3-4, Villa Madonna 2-5.
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