It took almost 14 hours from start to finish, but it was worth the wait for Harrison County as it upset Trinity 2-0 in a rain-delayed first-round game in the Forcht Bank State Baseball Tournament at Applebee's Park on Friday.
Harrison County (27-9) plays Lexington Catholic (27-8-3) in Friday night's second semifinal. Owensboro (13-15) meets Bullitt East (31-8) in the 6 p.m. opener.
Sophomore Logan Dailey was the pitching star for Harrison County. He dealt Trinity its first shutout of the season.
Shane Fowler was the hitting hero. His one-out single in the top of the seventh drove in Jared Martin. Christian Chasteen scored an insurance run on a fielder's choice.
Up until then, Trinity's Jon Rueff had retired 16 consecutive batters in relief.
"For us to hang in there and hang in there and finally scratch something out, you've got to give our guys credit," Harrison County Coach Mac Whitaker said.
"We came through a couple tough situations, and Logan just gutted it out."
The game started Thursday at 11 p.m., but it was suspended because of bad weather after two innings. When it resumed Friday at noon, Dailey returned to the mound.
He wound up scattering nine hits and striking out two, and relied on the stellar defense behind him.
Trinity junior Corey Littrell pitched two innings Thursday night, but the left-handed ace wasn't available on Friday. He was in Louisville attending his grandfather's funeral.
"There are more important things than a baseball game," Rocks Coach Steve Tompkins said. "Corey was very close to his grandfather. There was no decision to be made. He was going (to the funeral).
"We were hoping he'd be here to pitch against Lexington Catholic in the semifinals."
Instead, Harrison County is in the semifinals for the first time since it won its third state title in 1998.
The Thorobreds had to dodge more than a few bullets fired by Trinity.
Harrison County's defense pulled off a triple play in the first inning Thursday night.
Trinity loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but Dailey got a inning-ending strikeout. The Rocks had runners at second and third with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Dailey got a game-ending groundout.
"We just couldn't get that key hit," Tompkins said.
Trinity beat Harrison County 4-0 last month. That was the Thorobreds' last loss. They'll take a 11-game winning streak into the semifinals.
Harrison County 000 000 2—2 4 2
Trinity 000 000 0—0 9 1
Logan Dailey and Bobby Feeback. Corey Littrell, Jon Rueff (3) and Brandon Brian. 2B—Andrew Bowling (T).
Records—Harrison County 27-9; Trinity 25-11