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Bats lead Ashland to run-rule baseball victory
June 29, 2014By Brad Laux of 1016sports
Friday, May 2 -- In fields separated by just a few hundred feet and a road which runs through the center of the Ashland HS campus, the home standing baseball and softball teams picked up a pair of victories in completely opposite manners.
Despite outstanding pitching by the Tomcats’ Pete Mullins, it was the bats of No. 10 Ashland (12-7) that came alive in a 13-1, five-inning victory over Bath County (5-17). The hosts pounded out 14 hits and scored in all four offensive innings.
Jared Slone led the way with a 4-for-4 performance that included three doubles, while scoring three times and driving in a run. Austin Kelley finished 3-for-3 with four RBI and three runs scored. Aaron Elam and Cam Fritz also added a pair of hits.
Mullins earned the complete-game victory after allowing just one earned run, while striking out five. Bath County finished with five hits and scored its lone run in the top of the fifth, an inning in which it logged three hits.
Zack Horton finished 2-for-2 for the Wildcats, which dropped their fifth in a row. Ashland improved to 6-1 at home this season and 16-0 against the Wildcats over the last 13 years.
Across the street, there was a pitching duel between Ashland’s Megan Hensley and East Carter’s Morgan Jacobs, but after five scoreless innings, the hosts were able to break through by capitalizing off triples by Sydney Whitt and Hensley in the bottom of the sixth to pull out a 2-0 victory in a match up of the top two softball teams in the 1016sports’ weekly rankings (Ashland at No. 1 and East Carter at No. 2).
Demonstrating her usual dominance, Hensley earned the win in the circle after registering 16 strikeouts and allowing just three hits. However, East Carter (21-5) had multiple chances to break onto the scoreboard as it put runners on base in five innings.
Morgan Jacobs suffered the loss, but held Ashland (19-2) to just two hits through the first five frames. Four of the game’s hits went for extra bases as East’s Jordyn Wiler and Hensley each added doubles.
The result snapped the Lady Raiders’ five-game shutout string, while also sending the club to just its third defeat in 19 outings. Additionally, the East’s road record dropped to 14-4 this season. Conversely, the Kittens won their seventh straight contest and stretched their home win streak to 15 straight. It was Ashland’s 11th consecutive victory over the Lady Raiders.
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??Pre-game notes: Friday baseball: Bath County (5-16) at No. 10 Ashland Blazer (11-7) at 6:30 p.m. Ashland is playing the final contest of a three-game home stand. After a Saturday road game, the team will return for three more outings at home. The Tomcats defeated Fairview 5-1 on May 1 and Greenup County 2-1 on Apr. 24. Over its last nine games, the Tomcats are 6-3. Ashland is 5-1 at home this season. Bath County enters tonight’s contest having dropped its four in a row, including a 5-0 decision at Lewis County on Thursday, Apr. 24 in its last outing, as well as back-to-back home-and-home contests with district foe Rowan County. The Vikings won the Apr. 21 meeting in Owingsville 7-3 and then the 4-0 outing in Morehead on Apr. 22. The Wildcats are 3-8 on the road this spring. The team has dropped its last three away contests, including its games against Lewis County and Rowan County. Prior to that, Bath went 2-1 at the Apr. 18-19 David Melton Classic at Cordia, where the Wildcats toppled Perry County Central 4-2 and Leslie County 12-6, before falling to Letcher County Central 16-6 in six innings. Ashland and Bath last squared off on Apr. 13, 2013, when the Tomcats won 7-3 in Ashland. The Tomcats also won in the semifinals of the 2011 regionals and earlier that season in Ashland. The Tomcats also won at home on May 21, 2010, as well as capturing the last meeting in Owingsville 6-4 on May 14, 2010. Since 2002, Ashland is 15-0 against Bath, including posting a 10-0 mark at home. Records are unavailable prior to that season. The Wildcats and Tomcats were originally slated to meet earlier this season in Owingsville, but the game was rained out twice.
See videos: Ashland Blazer senior second baseman Jared Slone, Ashland Blazer coach Jeff Wilcox, Bath County coach Brock Baber.