Top-rated Lexington Christian wore camouflage jerseys against Woodford County in the first round of the 11th Region baseball tournament at Monday night.
For five innings, Woodford County did a great job hiding victory from the Eagles. LCA finally broke loose for six runs and a tougher-than-expected 6-0 win at Applebee's Park.
LCA advances to the semifinals to face Bryan Station, an 8-3 winner over Madison Central.
Earlier Monday, No. 11 Franklin County mashed Model 10-0 in six innings. The Flyers will take on Lexington Catholic, a 4-3 winner over Henry Clay.
LCA Coach Keith Galloway credited Woodford County pitcher Jordan Goins for "getting ahead of our hitters and putting us back on our heels a little bit.
"But I know we're capable of having a break-out inning. I was just wondering when it would come."
It finally came in the sixth. LCA collected four hits and took advantage of three Yellow Jacket errors to score six times.
Austin Johnson, Lucas Witt, Evan Stephens and Tyler Townsend all had RBI.
"Once we got that first run, our guys relaxed and were able to have fun, which is what baseball is all about," Galloway said.
While LCA had to wait for its offense to get going, pitcher Nate Coon was great from the get-go. The junior right-hander threw a complete-game four-hitter. He struck out five and walked one.
Did he feel any extra pressure with all those goose eggs on the scoreboard?
"There were definitely a few anxious moments," he said. "But I had faith in our team. We've been able to hit the ball all year. I knew that one inning was coming."
Woodford County pulled a shocker when it upset No. 15 Western Hills in district play.
The Jackets went toe-to-toe with No. 1 LCA for five innings, thanks to great pitching by Goins, who missed the last three weeks with a knee injury.
Coach Jay Lucas said he thought his team would have escaped most of the damage in the sixth if umpires had called runner interference on a key play.
"Still, you can't win if you only get four hits and make six errors," he said.
"I give LCA credit for putting up that six-spot. But I credit my kids, too, for pulling that upset last week, and for giving LCA a scare."
Franklin County 10, Model 0: The Flyers rang up their third consecutive post-season shutout with a mercy-rule victory over Model.
Franklin County took all the mystery out of it by scoring eight runs in the third inning for a 9-0 lead.
Lead-off man Lyndon McKee keyed the Flyers' attack. He walked three times and scored three times.
Chance Clifton had three hits and two runs. Zack Arnold had a two-run single to highlight Franklin County's big inning.
Model, meanwhile, managed only a pair of singles off three Flyers pitchers — Jon Sturgill, Morgan Sutherland and Jordan Cumpston.
Franklin County, which beat Frankfort 5-0 and Woodford County 13-0 in the district, will take an eight-game winning streak into the region semifinals against defending champ Lexington Catholic.
Bryan Station 8, Madison Central 3: The No. 22 Defenders got their first win in a regional tournament since they beat Madison Central in the first round in 2004.
Bryan Station ace Brandon Boling, who had 14 strikeouts in a district victory over Sayre, pitched into the sixth to get the win over the Indians.
Boling gave up three runs on five hits, struck out six and walked two.
"A great win, and again we lived off good pitching," Coach Eddie Brooks said.
"Brandon came out and set the tempo, and we did a good job scratching out some runs.
"We're a scrappy team that has to beg, borrow and steal to score, and we did a good job of that tonight against a quality team."
Bobby Bollmer led the Defenders' offense with a pair of doubles and three runs.
Bryan Station jumped to a 5-0 lead, with the first two runs coming courtesy of Madison Central errors.
The Defenders earned their three runs in the fourth.
After Bollmer and Damion Beveridge walked, Justin Miley's squeeze bunt scored Bollmer. Patrick Cornett followed with a triple to deep center to drive in Beveridge. Cornett came home on Ryne Combs' bunt single.
Madison Central got a run in the fourth before Bryan Station got insurance runs in the fifth and sixth, with Chase Turner and Miley collecting the RBI.
Madison Central scored twice in the sixth on Isaac Smith's two-out, two-run single. That chased Boling and brought on Jordan Craig in relief.
Craig did his job, picking off Smith to end the inning.
Next up for Bryan Station is No. 1 Lexington Christian in Tuesday's semifinals.
"You gotta play 'em at some point," Brooks said. "I hope we come out with the same same aggressive mentality, get another good pitching performance, and let the chips fall where they may."
Woodford County 000 000 0—0 4 6
Lexington Christian 000 006 x—6 8 0
Goins, O'Reel (5) and Smither. Coon and Hoagland. W—Coon. L—O'Reel. 2B—Witt (LCA), Townsend (LCA).
Records — Woodford County 13-20; LCA 30-7
Model 000 000 —0 2 4
Franklin County 108 001 —10 6 1
Travis, Losson (4) and Gasser. Sturgill, Sutherland (3), Cumpston (5) and Williams. W—Sutherland. L—Travis.
Records — Model 10-13-1; Franklin County 26-4
Bryan Station 110 311 1 — 8 7 0
Madison Central 000 102 0 — 3 5 5
Boling, Craig (5) and Boling. McQuarter, Harmon (5), Gross (6) and Ridner. 2B—Bollmer (BS), Coldiron (MC), Miley (BS). 3B—Cornett (BS).
Records — Bryan Station 15-13; Madison Central 24-11