Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local Sports

April 30, 2014

Comets still white-hot

Blank Betsy Layne at Whitaker Bank Park

April 30, 2014 — The West Carter baseball team continued its best start in school history with a unique opportunity.

The Comets were invited to play at Lexington’s Whitaker Bank Park, the site of the state tournament against Betsy Layne on Saturday. West used stellar pitching and timely hitting to defeat the Bobcats 8-0.

“It was a really good experience for our young kids,” Coach Tim Johnson said. “Whenever we walked on the field, walked all the way back to the batting cages on the other side of the centerfield wall and our kids were in awe.”

West Carter (15-2) came out red-hot, scoring five runs in the first inning and never looked back.

“We have enough kids that play a lot of travel baseball who have been on this big of stage before,” Johnson said. “To most of them, it was just another game and that rubbed off on some of the other kids who haven’t played somewhere like this.

“It kind of calmed them down and we got the bats hot and hit the ball all over the field.”

They were moving runners over playing small ball, getting big hits with runners in scoring position against Betsy Layne.

The combination of freshmen Ben Jordan and Kaden Rose on the mound kept the Bobcats from getting any offensive rhythm en route to the shutout victory.

“We’ve had some great pitching this season and Ben and Kaden have been a big reason for that,” Johnson said. “They throw the ball really well and don’t have any trouble in locating their pitches. We’ve kept their pitch count low and that helps keep their arms fresh for the rest of the season.”

Sophomore Chase Hanshaw had two RBI while Rose, Richard McGlone, Spencer Phillips, Kyle Stone and Dalton Brown each had an RBI in the win. Phillips and McGlone each recorded two hits. As a team, they hit .320 and had an on-base percentage of .515.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • F-1 Comets.jpg EKC football Gridorama pairings set

    For many football fans living in the Eastern Kentucky Conference, the Gridorama is the unofficial start to the high school football season.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Cordia.jpg KHSAA bans Cordia from all basketball activities in 2014-15

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has handed down sanctions to Cordia High School following a nearly yearlong investigation for violations of KHSAA bylaws.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • West Carter football signups and fundraiser

    The West Carter Football program will have signups for the Junior Football League this Saturday Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Carter High School football field.

    July 30, 2014

  • Running the Point: The not-so ‘Dog Days of Summer’

    It is almost August and lines soon will be painted on the soccer and football fields to signify the start of fall sports. While there have been a few hot days this summer, it has not really felt like a typical Kentucky summer.

    July 30, 2014

  • F-1 Ben Jordan.JPG West Carter’s Ben Jordan

    West Carter sophomore Ben Jordan likes the spotlight on his team more than just himself. However, the two-sport athlete in Olive Hill turned heads throughout the 16th Region whether it is on the hardwood or on the diamond.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Cole Boggs.JPG Carter County Wildcats shutout by Cincinnati

    With the start of high school football preseason practices, college and professional just right around the corner, one team in Carter County has been throwing the pigskin around for almost two months.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • F-3 Jalen Simmons.JPG KCU football releases 2014 schedule

    Kentucky Christian University will play in four different states during the 2014 football season. The KCU Knights will kick off the 2014 season with an out-of-state trip to Cookeville to face Tennessee Tech on Aug. 28 in a Thursday night clash.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • F-1 Taylor Hickle.JPG Area teams compete in 7-on-7 passing camp

    Several area football teams are not wasting any time after the dead period to see how some kids compete.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Kristen Mayo.JPG Pass the ‘Mayo’

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-3 Conner Robinson.jpg Former Raider Robinson to play baseball at Northern Kentucky

    After sitting out just two games over the past two seasons, Connor Robinson is perfectly fine with having to prove himself yet again to earn playing time.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

Poll