Woodford Co. Advances To State Finals

Reported by: Dan Rieffer
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Updated: 6/09/2012 12:30 am
Behind dominant pitching and one big extra inning, Woodford County beat Bishop Brossart in the semifinals of the high school baseball state tournament Friday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Clinton Hollon threw 8 shutout innings, Woodford County broke open a scoreless game in the top of the 9th and advanced to the state championship game with 6-0 win over Bishop Brossart Friday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The Yellow Jackets will face Henderson County in the state finals Saturday night at 7 PM, after the Colonels beat Meade County 10-6 in Friday's other semifinal.

After 8 innings, Bishop Brossart's Jesse Orth and Woodford's Hollon were done, with neither allowing a run.

Hollon had reached his innings limit for the week, which is 15 per state rules. Over those 15 innings, Hollon has allowed 11 hits, 0 runs and struck out 25 batters.

Brossart had the winning run at third in the bottom of the 8th with 2 outs, but Hollon got his 11th strike out of the game to end the inning.

Conner Verst relieved Orth for Brossart in the 9th and got a ground out to start the inning.

Then, Justin Brown got the rally started for the Jackets with a single to left center.

Gage Beavers followed with a potential inning-ending double-play grounder to third that was mishandled. The throw to second was wide, pulled the second baseman off the bag and every one was safe.

After both runners moved up to second and third on a passed ball, Verst walked Rodney Gross to the load the bases.

Logan Parrett came to the plate, still with one out and the bags full. He hit a weak grounder on the infield. Brossart's third baseman charged the ball and on his attempt to throw to the plate, the ball slipped out of his hand. Brown scored the game's first run on the error.

Eli Boggess stepped to the plate next and drilled a bases-clearing double to center field to break the game open. Boggess finished 3-4 with 3 RBI.

Woodford County wound up scoring 6 runs on 4 hits and 3 errors in the 9th.

J.T. O'Reel threw a perfect 9th to end it.
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