Danville outlasts Lafayette in KHSAA State Baseball Tournament

Ethan Wood with 8 strikeouts, Preston Barnes belts 2-run homer to lead Admirals

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LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – A year ago, the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament was canceled due to pandemic.  A  year later, the tournament is back with the best teams in the state facing off.

On Wednesday night, two of the best teams in the state squared off in the tournament’s second game.  Danville taking on Lafayette.
The game was scoreless through three complete innings.  Both pitchers pitched great games early on.

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In the bottom of the fourth, Danville’s Christian Howe hit a deep fly to right.  That would score are run to give Danville the lead, 1-0.

In the same inning, Preston Barnes would blow the game wide open.  He would blast one to deep left field.  His two run homer extended Danville’s lead, 3-0.

In the bottom of the sixth with two outs, Lafayette’s offense came alive.  Ben Prather got a single to put two on base.  Carter Owens laid down a picture-perfect bunt to load the bases.  The next batter was Mason Pittman.  He would hit a ground ball to Preston Barnes who would make a sliding stop and then fire a throw to first for the final out of the inning.

Danville would go on to beat Lafayette, 3-0.  Admirals’ pitched Ethan Wood pitched a complete game with 8 strikeouts and only three hits.

“I felt it last night.  I got ready last night,” said Wood. “I’ve been waiting for this game and I did it, we did it.  P-Barnes he clutched up for us at the plate and we got the ‘dub’.”

Danville Head Coach Paul Morse was also impressed with his pitcher’s great outing.
“Man, he was awesome.  I mean he’s been good for us all year, actually his whole career.  He’s a stud.” said Morse. “He’s one of those pitchers who loves big games, the atmosphere.  He came out and pitched an excellent game today.”

Danville will now play McCracken County in the semifinals on Friday.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com