9th District Baseball Championship: Apollo vs. Owensboro Catholic
Aces & Eagles will both advance to 3rd region tournament
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Kentucky’s 9th district is always highly competitive, no matter the sport. This weekend’s 9th district baseball tournament did not disappoint either, as Apollo beat Daviess County, 7-1, while Owensboro Catholic nipped Owensboro, 1-0, on Saturday, to set up Sunday’s district championship game.
The Eagles and Aces squared off not only for district bragging rights, but to also help determine seeding, for next week’s 3rd region tournament.
Apollo led it 1-0, in the 5th, when they rallied for more, as Harrison Bowman popped one up to right field. It would be caught, and Josh Mayes would then tag up from 3rd, and it was a close play at the plate, but the umpire says he’s safe! Aces’ head coach Derek Hibbs thought otherwise, and a zoomed-in look, shows just how close it was, as Mayes made it 2-0 Eagles.
But in the bottom of the 5th, Catholic’s offense heated up. Bases loaded for Finley Munsey, who grounded one into right field. That would bring home 2 runs, and that tied it up at 2.
Later in the 5th, a beautiful piece of hitting by Everett Munsey, sending the outside pitch, the other way! That would bring home the go-ahead run, to put the Aces up 3-2.
Then, Jamison Wall put the capper, on what was a 5-run, 5th inning, with this sacrifice fly, to score Everett Munsey, and Owensboro Catholic went on to win the 9th district title, 7-2, over Apollo.
“Once we got down 2-0, tried to find a spark, with the team,” said Owensboro Catholic head baseball coach, Derek Hibbs. “We scored one run yesterday, and we’d been shut out so far then, and our offense is too good for that. So, tried to light a fire in them. We got some guys on base, put some pressure on their pitcher and just kind of put that 5-spot on there.”
“We’re just pumped. Hopefully, we can take that into region,” said Aces junior Luke Scales. “Played like a team today. We played together, and that’s all we wanted today. We contributed off the mistakes they made today, and we just love it.”
Owensboro Catholic will find out who they face in the 3rd region tournament, when they hold the region draw on Wednesday, and the tourney will be played down at Grayson County High School.
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