Mathews

Dillon Mathews takes a cut in the tournament over the weekend in Laurel County.

    The KC Diamond Bats went 2-1 at the East Kentucky USSSA Invitational in London over the weekend.   

    The Bats opened Saturday with a 7-6 win over the Broadhead Rockets.

    KC Diamond scored the seven runs on five hits without Alex Wells (Grayson) and Cameron Bailey (Olive Hill), who both had All-Star games.

    “We probably faced some of the best pitching that we’ve seen this year,” said Steve Sharp, KC Diamond Bats Coach. “We out-hit every team that we played, it was a hit-fest. We were the outsiders because the other two teams were from London. The boys played outstanding baseball and we hit the ball batters one through nine.”

    The Bats put out ten hits over the six- inning contest, while Kaden Rose, Andrew Sharp and Peyton Brown combined to give up five hits and strike out nine.

    Dalton Brown was 2-2 with two RBI and Dalton Thornsbury was 2-3 with two RBI and a home run. Peyton Brown and Andrew Sharp, who both chipped in RBI’s, both had three stolen bases on the game.

    Sharp attributed the Bats success to their defense.

    “We scored a lot of runs and played some pretty good defense,” he said. “Dylan Matthews had a diving catch in right field, Andrew Sharp had a diving catch at second and double up a kid, Jacob Perkins had a snag and doubled up a kid. We turned five double plays this weekend.”

     KC Diamond took down the South Laurel All-Stars, 7-5 in the second round game with a two-run fifth inning.

    Peyton Brown led the way on offense going 3-3 on his way to going 7-11 on the weekend.

    Matthew Strother got the start for the Bats giving up two runs and five hits over two innings.

    The Bats let an 8-3 lead slip away in the final innings on their way to a 9-8 loss against the Brodhead Rockets in the championship game.

    The Rockets ran the first run of the game across the plate in the second inning. The Bats responded with two of their own in the third inning before the Rockets took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning.

    The Bats pumped out a six-run fourth inning to lead 8-3. The Rockets scored three runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to win by one.

    The Bats are 9-1 in the last ten games with a 26-5 regular season record. KC Diamond will play in the AABC Regional Tournament in Cincinnati tomorrow for a chance to play in Puerto Rico.

    “We don’t really over-power anyone because we’ve got placement pitchers,” Sharp said. “If the boys hit the spots we can beat anyone. The batting I’m not worried about as a team; we’re hitting .400. Pitching is going o be the key. If the boys hit our spots hopefully we’ll be sitting on the beach.”

    Rob Ginter can be reached at rginter@journal-times.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

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