Lexington Catholic ace Zach Haynes kept his no-hit streak alive and Robert Waller provided the offense as the No. 1 Knights flattened Franklin County 9-0 in the first round of the 11th Region tournament at Tates Creek on Monday.
Haynes, who didn't allow a hit in five innings of work in the district semifinals last week, threw four more no-hit innings against the Flyers.
Haynes struck out three and didn't allow a walk as he ran his record to 8-0. He was lifted after four so he could pitch again later this week. Relievers Tom Banahan and Griffin Neuer preserved the shutout.
"Zach's doing a great job," Coach Taylor Brooks said. "He's hitting his spots, he's getting all three pitches over, and he's got some of the velocity back he didn't have earlier in the year."
Haynes, a senior right-hander who signed with Indiana, said he has worked through some mid-season shoulder problems and is feeling 100 percent again.
Waller must be feeling robust, too, after driving in five runs against Franklin County. The senior first baseman ripped a bases-loaded triple in the third and a two-run double in the sixth. He also had a single to go 3-for-3.
"I've just been feeling good in (batting practice) and coming out here and hitting fast balls. That's the big thing," he said.
The Knights had 12 hits, including two by Tyler Jackson and Nick Chafin, each of whom had an RBI, too.
"It's awesome when you can hit all the way through your lineup," Brooks said. "We're starting to do that, which tells me we may be peaking."
Zach Arnold, a senior catcher who has signed with Kentucky, got Franklin County's first hit with a single in the sixth inning.
Bryan Station 7, Model 4: It wasn't easy, but No. 10 Bryan Station rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to earn a spot in the semifinals.
"You always have those early-game butterflies, but once you get over them, you start rolling," said junior outfielder Elijah Burdette, who had two hits, two RBI and a run for the Defenders.
Bryan Station Coach Eddie Brooks said he warned his team not to take Model lightly.
"They're a scrappy team, well-coached and were ready to play. We came out a little flat, but we battled back and figured out a way to win."
Model got three runs in the second inning, with A.J. Hammons and Jes Middleton collecting RBI hits off Trae Moseley.
Bryan Station erupted for five runs in the third to take control. Burdette, Ryan Jourdan — who had three hit son the day — and Chris LaPorte each had run-scoring singles to spark the comeback.
Ryne Combs had a productive day. He drew three walks, was hit by a pitch and scored twice.
Nick Hagen did the job in relief. The junior left-hander blanked Model until giving up a run in the seventh.
Madison Central 3, Scott County 1: Senior pitcher Cole Metcalfe escaped a jam in the seventh inning and posted a complete-game victory for No. 8 Madison Central.
Metcalfe got a big assist from shortstop Trey Gross, who made a spectacular play to end the game.
Scott County, down 3-0 going to its last at-bat, threatened to tie it. After back-to-back singles, Luke Easley doubled home pinch-runner Tanner Blankenship.
After Metcalfe got a ground-out and a strikeout, Conner Showalter hit a grounder up the middle that Gross dived to smother. He got it, came up firing from behind second base and threw out Showalter.
"I was just thinking hustle," Gross said. "I thought if I knocked it down I'd have a chance, so I came up firing."
Gross also shone at the plate. going 2-for-2, stealing four bases and scoring a run.
"Trey Gross was phenomenal," Coach Steve Roof said. "But I thought it all started with Cole Metcalfe on the mound. He did a great job."
Metcalfe struck out seven and walked three.
Madison Central got two runs in the sixth, thanks to a single by Jimmy Wright and back-to-back doubles by Ben Fisher and Logan Hunt.
Scott County senior lefty William Warman, who's headed to Morehead State, worked into the sixth. He had seven strikeouts.
Franklin County 000 000 0—0 3 1
Lexington Catholic 124 002 x—9 12 2
Nick Cumpston, Brandon Smither (4) and Zach Arnold. Zach Haynes, Tom Banahan (5), Griffin Neuer (6) and Tyler Jackson. 2B—Nick Chafin (LC), Robert Waller (LC). 3B—Waller (LC).
Records—Franklin Co. 28-10; Lex. Catholic 32-7
Model 030 000 1—4 8 2
Bryan Station 105 010 x—7 7 2
Cody Billings, Jes Middleton (3), Turner Curtis (5) and Turner Curtis, Ray White (6). Trae Mosely, Nick Hagen and Jordan Lewis. 2B—Elijah Burdette (BS), Ryan Jourdan (BS).
Records—Model 16-16, Bryan Station 27-12
Scott County 000 000 1—1 4 1
Madison Central 100 002 x—3 6 0
William Warman, Conner Showalter (6) and Brian Malesick. Cole Metcalfe and Jimmy Wright. 2B—Ben Fisher (MC), Logan Hunt (MC), Luke Easley (SC).
Records—Scott Co. 16-20-1; Mad. Central 29-9.