LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman relief pitcher Kyle Gammon escaped a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure Greenup County High School’s 8-6 victory over Collins on Wednesday in a State Baseball Tournament quarterfinal at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Greenup County (33-10) – with no seniors on its roster – advanced to face Highlands (34-6) in Friday’s 6 p.m. state semifinal. The Musketeers are in the state semifinals for the first time since 1996, when they eventually lost to Pleasure Ridge Park in the state final.
Collins (25-12) tied the score at 6 on Blanton Creque’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Greenup County took a 7-6 lead in the seventh on Christian Wireman’s RBI single and made it 8-6 when Jordan Hill executed a perfect safety-squeeze bunt to score pinch-runner Michael Clevenger.
The Titans loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh after three straight singles by Alex Doyle, Robert Sproul and E.J. Burk.
But Will McDonald lined into a double play and Chris Crotzer fouled out to the catcher, ending the game and giving Gammon his fifth save of the season.
Wireman finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs to lead the Musketeers at the plate. They also had eight stolen bases, two apiece by Jared Hunt and Zach Hayden. Jaxon Keeton (8-1) got the victory, allowing a run and four hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
Greenup County’s 15-game winning streak is the longest in the state.
Collins finished with 12 hits, two apiece by Sproul, Burk, McDonald and Bryson Dillow. The Titans left 13 runners on base.
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GREENUP COUNTY 300 030 2 – 8 7 3
COLLINS 301 101 0 – 6 12 2
WP – Keeton (8-1). LP – Dillow (2-2). SV – Gammon (5). 3B – Shoupe (GC), Downing (GC).