Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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April 2, 2014

Bates' Crazy 8

April 2, 2014 — Before I get into this week’s rankings, I have to own up to my mistake.

Last week, I said Louisville would beat Kentucky 73-68 in Friday’s Sweet 16 matchup.

Before I gave the prediction I said I hoped I would be wrong and it turns out I was. While the score was almost right on the money (74-69), the victor was wrong. Kentucky’s magical run has been so impressive that they are just 80 minutes away from their ninth NCAA Championship.

The Wildcats face Wisconsin Saturday night in the late game of the Final Four in Dallas, Texas.

Let’s get to the rankings, shall we?

Baseball:

1. Rowan County (4-0)

2. West Carter (5-1)

3. Ashland (4-1)

4. East Carter (5-4)

5. Boyd County (2-5)

6. Greenup County (3-5)

7. Lewis County (2-2)

8. Fleming County (2-2)

The “meteoric” rise of the West Carter Comets has a lot of people in the 16th Region taking notice. New coach Tim Johnson has a young core of players that stunned Boyd County last week.

While it is very early in the season, the Comets are on a mission to prove that they belong in the talk this season. They move up all the way to No. 2. Rowan County is the new No. 1 this week. They are 20-5 in their past 25 games dating back to last season. Boyd drops out of the top spot down to No. 5 while Ashland moves up a few spots to No. 3.

Softball

1. East Carter (6-2)

2. Greenup County (4-1)

3. Raceland (4-2)

4. Rowan County (6-2)

5. Boyd County (3-2)

6. Ashland (2-1)

7. Russell (4-1)

8. Fairview (4-3)

While the season is just now getting under way, there is some excitement drawing on the softball field.

East Carter’s Montana Fouts continues to deliver, getting double digit strikeouts in every game she’s pitched this season. Once the Lady Raiders start hitting consistently, they should be a force to reckon with.

In an odd scheduling issue, Rowan County has not played a game since March 22. They do not have another game until Thursday when they host George Rogers Clark. I know last week was spring break for the school system, so that is a likely reason why they were absent from competition.

Most of the baseball and softball teams are on spring break and that means they have traveled to a lot of out-of-state tournaments. It must be nice to see a beach in the beginning of April….

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