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Spangler powers Mason over Scott
April 10, 2014By Brad Laux of 1016sports
Wednesday, Apr. 9 -- No. 8 Mason County (6-4) pounded out three home runs, including the first two of Drew Spangler’s career, as the home standing Royals upended No. 10 Scott 11-0 in five innings Tuesday evening in a game which was originally scheduled Monday. It was Mason County’s first victory over the Eagles since 2006, snapping a string of six consecutive defeats in the series.
Scott was without three starters, who were out-of-town on Spring Break, but coach Jeff Trame dismissed that as a factor in the final result.
The Royals jumped out early, collecting six runs off six hits as the team sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first. Spangler’s three-run homer over the left-center field fence punctuated the scoring. The hosts kept the pressure on by adding three more runs in the second, all courtesy of Michael Sutton’s three-run blast over the fence in let-center field. In the bottom of the third, Spangler tallied his second four-bagger with another line shot over the left-center field fence to push the Royals’ lead to 11-0.
Scott (8-2) put runners on base in four of the five innings, but never got past second base as Aaron Scilley threw a gem in a complete-game, five-hit shutout. He struck out seven and did not allow a walk in earning the victory. Scilley was also a factor on defense as he picked off a runner at first base in the opening inning.
Scilley, Sutton, Spangler and Colton Reavis each had a pair of hits for the Royals. Spangler, who finished 2-for-2 at the plate, led the way with five RBI, while Sutton, also 2-for-2, had four RBI.
Reed Spata had two of the Eagles’ five hits. Justin Lehkamp suffered the loss, allowing 10 earned runs on nine hits, while collecting two strikeouts and walking one in two and one-third innings on the mound. ian Adams came in to finish the game by pitching a scoreless one and two-thirds innings.
The win continued Mason’s unbeaten season at home, improving its record to 5-0, while Scott dropped its first road game of the year.
Pre-game notes: Battle of 1016sports’ ranked baseball teams tonight at 5 p.m. as No. 8 Scott (8-1) travels to Maysville to take on No. 10 Mason County (5-4). Today’s game is a make-up for yesterday’s scheduled affair that was not played due to wet field conditions. It will be just the second in-region game for the Eagles, who have won their last two outings (15-0 in five innings at Holmes last Tuesday and 6-3 at home over Walton-Verona on Saturday). Scott will also be playing away from home for just the fourth time this season. The Eagles sport a 3-0 road record. As the host school, Scott advanced to the regional semifinals last year. It finished the 2013 campaign winning four of its final six contests, but only notched a 2-5 road record in the month of May. Mason dropped its last two outings to Danville (10-6) and Bethlehem (7-0) at the Constitution Spring Break Classic last Tuesday and Wednesday. The Royals are 4-0 at home this year, winning by a combined score of 54-5. Dating back to last spring, Mason has won its last five home games and is 7-1 in its last eight. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since Scott claimed a 10-2 home victory on May 12, 2012. The two squads have not played in Maysville in over 12 years. Scott swept a pair of home doubleheaders in 2008 and 2010, and also won a regional tournament contest against the Royals in 2007. In total, the Eagles have captured the last six meetings. Mason claimed a 7-0 road victory in 2006.
See videos: Mason County junior designated hitter Drew Spangler, Mason County coach Tom Posey, Scott coach Jeff Trame.