By John Lachmann
Without collecting a hit, Brian Radcliff drove in the run that started the rally and he knocked in the one that ended it.
The senior’s two late RBI helped Covington Catholic overcome a four-run deficit in the sixth and seventh innings in a 10-9 win over Beechwood in a District 35 final on Thursday.
With his team trailing, 9-5 in the bottom of the sixth, Radcliff drew a bases-loaded walk that cut the deficit to three. An error plated another Colonels run, and senior Grant Schreiver singled home two to tie it at nine.
CovCath held the Tigers scoreless in the top of the ninth, and Radcliff lifted a sacrifice fly to left with the bases loaded and no outs for the walk-off win.
The game originally started on Wednesday but was halted in the bottom of the third because of rain. Beechwood led, 5-3 at that point.
WP: Heppler. LP: Nussbaum. HITTING LEADERS: CC—Radcliff 2B, 2 RBI; Schreiver 2-2, 3 RBI; Galvin 2B, 2 RBI; Pope 2-4, 2B. B—Suchanek 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI; Slusher 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Schmidt 2-4, 2 RBI. RECORDS: CovCath 32-6, Beechwood 25-11.
CONNER 4, BOONE COUNTY 2 – Junior first baseman Ryan Ward’s three-run homer in the top of the seventh lifted the Cougars to a District 33 championship.
Ward launched his fourth homer of the season over the left center field fence with one out to put Conner ahead.
Junior left fielder Blaise Ostertag singled home the Cougars’ first run in the top of the fifth, but the Rebels answered with both of their runs on a homer by senior Trey Ganns in the bottom of that frame.
Freshman right-hander Nick Craddock came in to pitch the sixth and seventh innings for Conner and put up a pair of zeroes to earn his sixth win of the season.
This game was resumed in the bottom of the fourth inning with no score. It started on Wednesday but rain forced it to be suspended until Thursday.
Ward and senior Blake Hart were named to the all-tournament team from the Cougars, and senior Cameron Ross was the most valuable player.
It was Conner’s first district title since 2004.
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WP: Craddock (6-1). LP: Johnson. HITTING LEADERS: C—Ostertag 2-4; Ward HR (4), 3 RBI; Harshbarger 2B. BC—Santoma 2-4; Gamms 2-4, HR, 2 RBI; Johnson 2B. RECORDS: Conner 22-9, Boone County 18-5.
DIXIE HEIGHTS 7, ST. HENRY 5 – Colonels junior right-hander Henry Kerns drove in two runs and won his fifth straight decision in the 33rd District title game.
Kerns tripled home two to open the scoring during Dixie Heights’ three-run first inning.
Senior catcher Seth Caple also drove in a pair for the Colonels on an RBI groundout in the first that scored Kerns and made it 3-0, and he doubled home another run in the third.
The game was started on Wednesday and was suspended in the middle of the sixth inning because of rain. Dixie Heights led, 7-1 at that point and survived a scare in the top of the seventh.
Caple and junior shortstop Ethan Harrison were named to the all-tournament team from the Colonels, who won their seventh district title in eight years.
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WP: Kerns (5-0). LP: Holland. HITTING LEADERS: DH—Harrison 2-4, 2B; Daria 2-4, 2B; King 2-3; Caple 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Kerns 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI. SH—Smaracko 3B; Rogers 2-3, 2B; LaCorte 2B, 2 RBI. RECORDS: Dixie Heights 28-3, St. Henry 13-21.
SCOTT 13, BROSSART 2 – Eagles senior catcher Blake Gay knocked in four runs in the 37th District final.
Gay doubled to right with one out in the first, plating two runs, and he lifted a sacrifice fly in the second. His fourth RBI came on a bases-loaded walk in the third.
Scott senior shortstop Reed Spata added three RBI on a two-run base hit in the second and a run-scoring hit in the third.
Sophomore Andrew Trame tossed a complete game as he won both of Scott’s district games.
It was the first district title for the Eagles since 2009.
Trame, Gay and senior shortstop Nick Brinkman were named to the all-tournament team for the Eagles. Also making the team were Zach Martin (Brossart), Connor Verst (Brossart), Johnny Eblin (Campbell County), Nick Landers (Calvary Christian) and Christian Pollitt (Silver Grove).
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WP: Trame (5-2). LP: N. Verst. HITTING LEADERS: S—Spata 3-4, 3 RBI; Brinkman 2-3; Castleman 2 RBI; Gay 2B, 4 RBI; Kinney 3-4. B—Hackworth 2-3; Martin 2-2. RECORDS: Scott 22-14, Brossart 15-18.