Tigers win Bluegrass Conference Championship
The Woodford County Middle School baseball team won the Bluegrass
Conference championship in Scott County Tuesday, June 1, with an 11-1
win over Bourbon County. The win capped a 20-5 season for the Tigers,
who caught fire in the tournament, allowing just seven runs while
Drew Heckathorn got the scoring started for WCMS with a two-run homer to
give the Tigers a 2-0 lead after an inning. The Tigers tallied four
extra-base hits in the bottom of the second to break the game wide open.
Jackson Gray doubled in a run and then scored on a triple from
Heckathorn. Jonah Branham continued the rally with another triple, and
Ryan Cecil singled home Branham to give Woodford a 6-0 lead. Cecil later
scored on a Bourbon County error to give Woodford a 7-0 lead after two
Woodford tallied three more runs in the bottom of the third on a double
by Gray and a single by Heckathorn to increase its lead to 10-0.
Bourbon County scored a run in the top of the fourth, but the Tigers
rallied once more to close out the game. Jack Kincaid singled, then
pinch-runner Gavin Banks advanced to second after Braden Tackett walked.
May singled past third, and Banks scored the run to complete a
mercy-rule victory for the Tigers.
“Being a part of the team this season was exciting and enjoyable because
of how good we did and the memories we made,” said Heckathorn. “Winning
the championship was an especially good feeling because it was one of my
best games of the season, and seeing the smiles on my teammates’ faces
made me feel good. This year was one of my favorite baseball seasons so
far, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with the upcoming
middle school team.”