Pleasure Ridge Park defeated Simon Kenton, 6-5, in the championship game of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky.
Pleasure Ridge Park, which has won five state titles and is coached by Bill Miller, the all-time wins leader in Kentucky baseball history, will take on Simon Kenton, in the finals for just the second time ever, in Saturday’s championship game.
Making the program’s first trip to the state tournament since a run to the finals in 2014, Simon Kenton defeated Marion County 5-2 Friday, getting a few breaks and some clutch hits in a three-run sixth inning that decided the game.
Ben Clark, a McCracken County senior with Down syndrome, got to take a few pitches and take a trot around the bases after hitting an inside-the-park home run following McCracken’s loss to Pleasure Ridge Park at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Friday, June 16, 2017.
Rook Ellington, a junior center fielder who’s committed to the University of Kentucky, is part of the McCracken County baseball team that will play in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament semifinals on Friday, June 16, 2017.
McCracken County’s Luke Seed pitched six innings of shutout, two-hit ball against the most prolific scoring team in the state and the No. 2 Mustangs made a 1-0 lead stand against No. 1 Louisville Trinity on Friday in their opening-round game of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament. Pleasure Ridge Park defeated Franklin-Simpson 4-3.
The season didn’t end the way Rowan County wanted, but with the news of their coach’s leukemia diagnosis this week, the loss of one game couldn’t diminish this year’s accomplishments for the Vikings. Muhlenberg County outlasted Rowan 4-3 in nine innings as a bases-loaded error let in the winning run in the second extra-innings game of the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament’s opening day on Thursday. Marion County topped Hazard 7-4 in an eight-inning Game 1.