By John Lachmann
Senior right-hander Cameron Ross threw a two-hit shutout as Conner blanked Ryle, 4-0 in a District 33 semifinal at Boone County on Tuesday.
Ross also opened the scoring when he came home on a throwing error in the bottom of the first. Junior first baseman Ryan Ward singled home a run later in the frame to make it 2-0.
Sophomore third baseman Jacob Owens doubled in a run with two out in the bottom of the fourth inning to extend the Cougars’ lead to three.
Senior shortstop Jared Williams belted his 100th career hit on a double in the bottom of the first and eventually scored Conner’s second run.
RYLE 000-000-0—0 2 1
CONNER 200-110-X—4 8 2
WP: Ross (6-0, 8 K’s). LP: Downs. HITTING LEADERS: C—Ross 2-3, 2B; Williams 2B; Owens 2B. RECORDS: Conner 21-9, Ryle 14-20.
BEECHWOOD 7, HOLY CROSS 1 – Sophomore left fielder Brett Slusher helped the Tigers jump out to an early lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the first in a District 35 semifinal at Holmes.
Senior right-hander Jason Suchanek went six innings for Beechwood to earn his sixth win of the season.
The Tigers will face Covington Catholic in the championship game at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
HOLY CROSS 000-001-0—1 4 2
BEECHWOOD 202-012-X—7 11 1
WP: Suchanek (6-1). LP: Niehaus. HITTING LEADERS: B—Suchanek 2-3, 2B; Stringer 2-3; Slusher 2-3; Booth 2-3; Smith 2B; Hamilton 2B. HC—Niehaus 2B. RECORDS: Beechwood 25-10, Holy Cross 6-27.