By John Lachmann
Conner rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to edge Campbell County, 10-9 on Thursday.
The game was called after the go-ahead run scored because of darkness.
Cougars senior shortstop Jared Williams drew a walk-off bases-loaded walk to force in the winning run.
Conner senior center fielder Cameron Ross had doubled home a pair to tie it. Ross also knocked in two with a base hit in the second inning.
Cougars junior Davis Black tossed a scoreless sixth inning to earn his first varsity win.
CAMPBELL 010-530—9 4 2
at CONNER 040-204—10 7 2
WP: Black (1-0). LP: Wily. HITTING LEADERS: CO—Ross 2-5, 2B, 4 RBI; Ostertag 3-3; Harshbarger 2-4, 2B; Garnett 2 RBI. CA—Edwards 2-3, HR, 2 RBI; Losey 2-3, 2 RBI. RECORDS: Conner 2-0, Campbell County 0-1.
LUDLOW 8, LLOYD 5 – Sophomore shortstop Evan Slone tripled home two in the sixth inning to extend the Panthers’ lead to four.
Ludlow senior center fielder Geoff Thornsburg earned his first win of the season and drove in two with a base hit in the fifth inning.
Junior second baseman Tyler Durham also drove in two runs for the Panthers, including an RBI single to open the scoring in the top of the first.
LUDLOW 102-023-0—8 10 2
at LLOYD 012-011-0—5 6 2
WP: Thornsburg (1-0). LP: Wilson. HITTING LEADERS: LU—Thornsburg 3-4, 2 RBI; Durham 3-4, 2 RBI; Slone 3B, 2 RBI. LL—Molitor 2-4; Creech 2B. RECORDS: Ludlow 1-1, Lloyd 1-1.
HIGHLANDS 5, ST. HENRY 0 – Junior first baseman Todd Ramey doubled to open th scoring in the bottom of the first and right-hander Joseph Martin belted an RBI base hit later in the first inning.
Junior third baseman D.J. Mills made it 3-0 with a run-scoring single to open a three-run fifth for Highlands.
Martin went four innings and allowed just two hits to earn his second win of the season.
ST. HENRY 000-000-0—0 2 3
at HIGHLANDS 200-030-X—5 8 3
WP: Martin (2-0). LP: Ahlbrand. HITTING LEADER: H—Ramey 2-3, 2B. RECORDS: Highlands 3-1, St. Henry 0-3.
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