PREP BASEBALL: Meade wins 11th District title (5/22)

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By Zach Greenwell For The News-Enterprise BRANDENBURG – Several members of the Meade County baseball team said extra attention has been paid to hitting in practice over the last few days. That practice led to increased power Thursday in the 11th District Baseball Tournament final, as the host Green Wave (12-15) blasted their way to an early 12-0 lead against Hancock County and fought off a late Hornets rally to win, 12-8. “We’ve been working hard in batting practice,” said junior second baseman and pitcher Justin Amburgey, who hit a three-run home run in the second inning. “We were struggling for a little bit, but we’re finally starting to get on top of the ball and make plays.” The Green Wave recorded 14 hits in the game, including four doubles and three homers that helped them claim a 12-run lead in four innings. “We keep telling them we want this to snowball, and I think they are starting to get the confidence to go along with the ability,” said Meade County coach Todd Clanton. “You can see them starting to believe in themselves.” The win gives Meade County its second district championship after winning the first in program history in 2007. Some members of the Green Wave, including pitcher and second baseman Mikie DeRossett, have been fortunate enough to see both titles. “It’s been amazing to be a part of this,” he said. “To be one of the first guys to be on two district championship teams here is great.” After scoring two runs in the first inning, Meade County broke the game wide open in the top of the second with six more runs. Senior outfielder Jimmy Patterson scored first on an error after reaching base on a double. Senior Braden Pace and freshman Bo Wilson then followed with a bunt single and a walk, respectively, before Amburgey cleared the bases with his three-run shot. Smith later reached base on a two-out walk before junior designated hitter Andrew Oliver extended the Green Wave lead to 8-0 with another home run. “That was a great moment for me, but for him (Oliver) to follow me up made it even better,” Amburgey said. “We wanted to come out and get on them, and that’s what we did.” Junior Daniel DeRossett knocked a double in the top of the third inning to bring home Wilson, and Mikie DeRossett brought home his brother in the next at-bat with a two-run bomb to put Meade County up, 11-0. The Green Wave added their final run in the fourth inning when Daniel DeRossett drove in Pace with an RBI single, but the Hornets (15-12) would finally fight back in the bottom half of the frame. Pitcher Mikie DeRossett gave up two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings following a string of Meade County errors before being relieved by Amburgey. Amburgey surrendered another four runs in the bottom of the sixth, but was able to close the door and secure the victory for the Green Wave. Mikie DeRossett went 4 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts for the win. “When they (Hancock) started to take the momentum from us, you can’t help but think about Tuesday night,” said Clanton, referencing Meade County’s 10-9 comeback win over Breckinridge County in the district semifinals. “We kept telling them that we had a comeback like this, so they shouldn’t think it can’t happen to them. I don’t think we got complacent, but we got up on our heels and tried not to lose instead of trying to win it.” Meade County moves on to the 3rd Region Baseball tournament at Hancock County next week. The Green Wave will play on Monday, but will not know their opponent or game time until the tournament draw on Sunday. Meade County will face Owensboro (7-15), Muhlenberg South (14-14), or Edmonson County (12-23) in the first round. “With our pitching staff, if we hit like this I feel like we can play with anybody,” Clanton said. “Once you get to this time, everyone can hit it and a lot comes down to the draw you get. We’re confident and we’re going to go down there not being afraid of anybody and see what we can get done.” Meade County 12, Hancock County 8                                                     R      H      E Meade County         263   100   0      12     14     5

Hancock County      000  224  0      8     8      1

Mikie DeRossett, Justin Amburgey (5) and Brady Smith. Cain Taylor, Mark Harris (2), Chance Hamilton (4) and Tyler Magan. WP: Mikie DeRossett. LP: Taylor. 2B: Chance Hamilton (HC), Jake Dixon (HC), Daniel DeRossett (MC), Chris Kwarciany (MC), Jimmy Patterson (MC), Braden Pace (MC). HR: Justin Amburgey (MC), Andrew Oliver (MC), Mikie DeRossett (MC).