Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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April 30, 2014

Bates' Crazy 8

April 30, 2014 — Baseball

1. West Carter (15-2)

2. Boyd County (14-11)

3. Rowan County (13-5)

4. Ashland (10-7)

5. Lewis County (11-7)

6. Russell (10-11)

7. Raceland (14-8)

8. Greenup County (9-13)

West Carter is the new No. 1 team in this week’s Crazy 8 after they continue a magical run that they have never seen.

Their meteoric (see what I did there?) rise has all to do with the core of young players they have at almost every position. Whether it’s eighth grader Peyton Brown’s performance in the leadoff spot or fellow eighth grader Kaden Rose’s arm on the mound, the Comets are showing they have the “right stuff” to win the school’s first ever regional championship next month.

Here come the Lions. Boyd County has reeled off seven of nine victories, including two wins over Ashland in less than two weeks. They were the preseason No. 1 in my eyes at the start of the year. Could Boyd be hitting their stride at the right time?

Rowan County suffered their first loss inside the 16th Region Saturday, a 4-3 setback by host East Carter. The Vikings, who hold some of the best pitching in the Region, have a tough week ahead with Mason County, Boyd and Rockcastle this weekend.

Softball

1. Ashland (17-2)

2. East Carter (21-4)

3. Boyd County (13-10)

4. Raceland (14-8)

5. Rowan County (14-10)

6. Russell (11-12)

7. Greenup County (8-12)

8. Fairview (11-8)

The way the Ashland Kittens are playing, is there anyone that can slow them down? Behind their stellar pitching, they combined to give up just one run in four games this past week, including wins over Fairview, Boyd County, West Carter and Lawrence County.

Equally as impressive, East Carter's softball team has not yielded a run in 31 innings. They blanked all three opponents in the Powell County Classic. The Lady Raiders, who are now 21-4, are off to the best start in school history and were the first team in the state to win 20 games. Ashland and East are set to square off once again Friday night.

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