Teams are still looking to build momentum as we end the first half of the season. Here's a look at the Best Bets this weekend:
Campbell County (3-1) @ Conner (2-1) – 7 PM: The fighting Camels have only seen one offense as potent as Conner’s and they gave up 50 points to Highlands in that affair. Campbell County will try to establish the run game. The longer they can keep Cougars quarterback Drew Barker off the field the better their chance of winning. Conner will need help in the run game from backfield mates Evan and Ryan Romey to keep pressure off of their signal-caller.
Cooper (2-2) @ Simon Kenton (3-0) – 7 PM: Cooper plays everyone tough, so the Pioneers can expect a dog fight in their quest to remain unbeaten. This could turn into a defensive struggle as both teams are allowing just 15.75 points per game. This will be nip-and-tuck.
NewCath (1-3) @ Dixie Heights (2-1) – 7 PM: The one thing that Dixie Heights has lacked over the past several years is consistency. The Colonels get a chance to break that trend with a road win at NewCath. The slow start for the Thoroughbreds is reminiscent of last fall. A pattern of losing is a habit that NCC would like to break Friday night. In the long run, it just isn’t good for the players' psyche.
Lloyd Memorial (2-2) @ Gallatin County (3-1) – 7:30 PM: This game has all the ingredients for a high-scoring shootout despite the fact that Gallatin County has already posted two shutouts. The Wildcats are averaging 35 points per game behind the arm of Austin Chapman. Lloyd is putting up 36 points per contest. Look for a close but high-scoring affair.
East Central (1-3) @ Batesville (4-0) – 7 PM: We are going to find out just how good Batesville and its defense really are. The Bulldogs, allowing just 6.75 points per game, will face an East Central team that posted a season-high 35 points in last week’s win over Franklin County. The Trojans have averaged 39.5 points per game in their past two victories over Batesville.
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Junior right-hander Hayden Molitor went the distance to earn his second win of the season as Lloyd edged Ludlow.
Senior right-hander Rachel Carroll tossed a one-hitter as Campbell County blanked Lloyd.
Sophomore Nathan Eberhard battled to a first-singles win as Conner shut out Campbell County, in an NKAC semifinal.
Junior center fielder Blaise Ostertag doubled in two in the bottom of the fourth to lift Conner to a win over Scott.
Freshman center fielder Hailey Nicholas singled up the middle with no outs in the bottom of the eighth to lift Cooper to a win over Campbell County.
Sophomore Sheldon Preisler won his eighth straight match to open the season as Boone County edged Lloyd, 3-2 on Wednesday.
Sophomore Erin Mogus remained perfect through five matches with her win at third singles as Cooper shut out Covington Latin.
Eighth-grader Curtis Kalbaugh improved to 7-0 on the season with a win at second singles as Ryle shut out St. Henry.
Conner coach Brad Arlinghaus set the school record for coaching wins as his Cougars beat Ryle.
Junior designated hitter Chelcey Broughton singled home two to put Simon Kenton ahead for good in a win over Grant County.