Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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April 16, 2014

Bates' Crazy 8

April 16, 2014 — Baseball

1. Rowan County (9-3)

2. Lewis County (8-4)

3. West Carter (9-2)

4. Boyd County (9-9)

5. Ashland (7-4)

6. Greenup County (5-11)

7. East Carter (8-10)

8. Raceland (10-6)

It’s no secret to anyone that the Crazy 8 rankings are a little skewed.

Despite losses from the top three teams last week, the top remains unchanged after those said losses came from out of region teams.

Unless they are blaring losses to less than top talented teams, I do not penalize them for losing. The Vikings played against some of the toughest competition in Northern Kentucky, coming up winless in the Doc Morris Invitational.

Rowan will have to prove their worth this week with two games against 61st District rival Fleming County.

The same goes with West Carter. The Comets dropped an extra-inning affair to Morgan County 5-3 in the 16th Region All “A” Championship. But at least in my opinion, West still remains as one of the top teams in the region.

Look out for Boyd County. The Lions, who were the preseason No. 1 team in the Crazy 8, have won six out of their past eight, including a 19-4 win over East Carter this past Thursday.

Softball

1. Ashland (10-1)

2. East Carter (15-4)

3. Raceland (10-3)

4. Rowan County (10-5)

5. Russell (9-5)

6. Boyd County (9-8)

7. Greenup County (7-7)

8. Fairview (8-5)

The Ashland Kittens are on a roll.

After dropping their first game of the season, they have reeled off 10 straight wins, including five straight with margins by 10 runs or more in that span.

The Kittens look to get a sixth straight 16th Region crown as the season rolls along. With Monday night’s 1-0 win over East Carter, the Kittens move into the No. 1 spot in this week’s rankings.

Meanwhile, the East Carter Lady Raiders have won 10 out of their last 12 games, with four straight victories with ten or more runs scored. Could the Lady Raiders and Kittens be on a collision course later down the road?

East Carter Derek Calhoun has also learned that eighth grade pitcher Montana Fouts is the No. 1 rated prospect in the country, according to ondecksoftball.net.

Raceland continues to impress, winning the 16th Region All “A” Classic Championship this past Thursday. The Lady Rams will head to Owensboro next weekend to play in the state tournament.

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