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Big second inning propels Mason past Calvary
April 1, 2014By Brad Laux of 1016sports
Friday, Mar. 28 -- Mason County’s baseball Royals tallied 14 runs in the second to surge past visiting Calvary Christian (0-2) for a 23-2, five-inning home victory on Friday night. It was the team’s highest run total since scoring 35 against Robertson County on April 23 and its largest margin of victory since May 15 in a 22-0 win over those same Black Devils. In addition, Mason County (5-2) raised its home record to 4-0 this season.
Twelve different Royals recorded a hit as the hosts pounded out 16 for the game. Aaron Scilley led the way by going 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Colton Reavis had a pair of doubles and three RBI, while also scoring three times. Drew Spangler also had two hits and Ryan Johnson tallied four RBI for the victors.
Clay Bond started the game and pitched three innings to earn the win. He allowed two runs on four hits, with four strikeouts. Johnson threw two shutout, hitless innings in relief, while striking out two.
Calvary got offensive production from the top of its lineup as Quinn Varnado, Sam Reuscher, Nick Landers and Zac Valandra each reached safely on at least two of their three respective plate appearances.
The Cougars put a pair of runners on base in the first, but scored their lone runs in the third when they accumulated three hits and two walks. For the game, Calvary reached base in four of the five innings. Nick Landers led the way with a pair of hits and two RBI.
Bradley Ligas suffered the loss on the mound, lasting just one and one-third innings. He surrendered nine earned runs on 12 hits. Relievers Jake Landers (0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 1 K) and Andrew Hogarth (2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 K) had solid performances to complete the game.
Pre-game notes: Back to Maysville on Friday, but this time for baseball. Calvary Christian (0-1) at Mason County (4-2) at 5 p.m. The Cougars opened their season yesterday by dropping a 16-1, five-inning home decision to Scott. Today will be the first of six straight road games for Calvary. The Royals also played yesterday, claiming a 9-0 home win over Fleming County. Today’s game is the second of three consecutive home outings for Mason. The Royals sport a 3-0 home record this spring and have won four in a row and six of seven on its diamond since the start of last May. Overall, Mason has won three of its last four outings. All three victories either came by shutout or were stopped early because of the 10-run rule. Calvary did not field a team last spring and was just 2-13 in 2012. CCHS is not participating in 10th Region play this spring. The Cougars have dropped their last four overall outings and last two road contests. The team’s last victory was a 3-1 home win over Silver Grove on May 7, 2012. Its last road triumph came on Apr. 23, 2012, 5-2 in eight innings at Dayton. According to available records, this will be the first meeting between the two clubs. James Koogler is at least the Cougars fourth head coach since 2009.