By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
Madison Central (14-7) picked up a big 7-2 come-from-behind win Monday over 11th region rival Scott County in a wild affair at Don Richardson Field.
The Indians scored six times on only two hits in the sixth inning to break open a 1-1 pitchers duel between Central freshman Kyle Kelsey and Scott County’s Patrick Hughes.
Nick Kavanaugh, Jeremy Lakes and Chris Wells all drew walks to open the inning off Hughes and reliever Chase Martin.
After Martin got Joseph Holbrook on a strikeout, catcher Jimmy Wright lined a single to center scoring Kavanaugh to put Central on top 2-1.
Ben Morin was then hit by a pitch scoring Lakes to make it 3-1. Scott County coach Scott Willard was thrown out of the game for arguing that Morin was not hit by the pitch.
After Scott’s five-minute tirade, senior Ben Fisher drilled a line-drive double over the center fielder’s head bringing in courtesy runner Griffin Hotchkiss, Wells and Morin to make to put Central on top 6-1.
Fisher went to third on an overthrow on the play and scored on a wild pitch to the next batter to give Central a 7-1 lead.
The next batter, Seth Richardson was hit by a pitch, after the previous pitch sailed behind his head — the fourth Central batter to be hit in the game — drawing a warning to both benches from the home plate umpire.
Martin got Cory Mullins and Lakes to groundout to end the inning.
Scott County got one run back off Central reliever Austin Templeton in the seventh and had the bases loaded before Tanner Blankenship was gunned down at the plate by Fisher to end the game.
“It was a typical Scott County-Madison Central game. I don’t care what the sport is, it’s like that, it’s heated. It’s just a good rivalry,” Central Coach Steve Roof said. “It’s an 11th region game. It’s a rivalry game and it’s just fun to be a part of it.”
Kelsey gave up a run on three hits in the first inning but settled down and only allowed the Cardinals two more hits through 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three, walked on and hit one batter.
“I though Kyle did a great job tonight. I was really impressed with his performance. He kept his composure after that first inning and did his job,” Roof said.
The win comes just three days after the Indians suffered an 11-0 no-hit defeat to the Cardinals in Georgetown.
Roof said he liked how his team battled back on Monday.
“We were no-hit on Friday and really embarrassed,” Roof said. “I thought we came back and really played well this weekend. I liked how our guys executed tonight. I thought we had a great approach at the plate. I’m proud of them.”
Wright led the way for the Indians at the plate going 2-for-3 with a walk, a single, double and an RBI.
Fisher had a double and Mullins added a single.
Templeton went 2 2/3 innings, giving up one hit, two walks, while striking out two.
Central returns to action today when they host Lexington Catholic in the Socks for Charity game to benefit the Tammy Hooper Scholarship Fund.