The Richmond Register


May 26, 2013

H.S. BASEBALL: Indians set to face familiar opponent

RICHMOND — The Indians will face a very familiar opponent in the opening round of the 11th Region Tournament.

Madison Central (22-12) is set to take on Scott County (21-13-1) at 7 p.m. today at Don Richardson Field in Richmond. The teams have already played twice this season — splitting the games — and also played in the first round of last year’s 11th Region Tournament in Lexington.

Madison Southern (7-28) will play Bryan Station (15-18) at 10  in the opening game of the three-day tournament.

All four first-round games will be played Monday at Madison Central.

“It’s two schools that are definitely rivals and I’m sure both of us are looking forward to Monday night. It’s a rival game. I don’t care what sport it is.”

Madison Central defeated Scott County, 3-1, in the first round of the 11th Region Tournament.

The two regular-season matchups this season had very different outcomes. When the teams met April 26 in Georgetown, the Cards no-hit the Indians and picked up an 11-0 win.

Three days later, Central used a late-game rally to earn a 7-2 win in Richmond. The Indians scored six times in the sixth inning of the game that featured five hit batters, the ejection of Scott County coach Scott Willard and four combined errors.

Ben Fisher had three RBIs for Central, while Ben Morin drove in a pair of runs.

Freshman Kyle Kelsey started and went 5 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, one run and one walk, while striking out four.

Roof said Kelsey would likely start Monday again against the Cardinals.

Willard said at Saturday morning’s draw that he would probably start junior Matt Gregory Monday night.

Central posted a 10-8 record this season against 11th Region competition, even though the team has just five seniors — Jake Caldwell, Kirt Caldwell, Chris Wells, Ben Fisher and Jimmy Wright — and has pitching staff made up mostly of sophomores and freshmen.

“Hopefully a tough schedule throughout the year gets us ready for Monday night,” Roof said.

The winner of the Scott-Central game advances to the semifinals to take on either Woodford County (25-9) or Lafayette (25-11) at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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