Butler did it.
The unrated Bears upset No. 4 West Jessamine 2-1 in the Forcht Bank/KHSAA State Tournament in front of 2,803 fans at Applebee's Park Wednesday night.
In a tense, low-scoring quarterfinals battle, Butler got the winning run in the bottom of the sixth.
Zach Lucas led off the inning with a blast to deep center that Dalton James almost snagged in front of the wall, but he couldn't quite haul it in.
Lucas raced his way to a triple.
Colts Coach Jody Hamilton lifted Gus Sherrow, and Noah Smallwood came on in relief.
Kyle McGrath greeted Smallwood by ripping a single up the middle to drive in Lucas and propel the 6th Region champs into Friday's semifinals against Pikeville.
"We couldn't have asked for a better situation (in the sixth) with Lucas and McGrath coming up," Butler Coach Greg Lauder said. "They've been two of our better hitters all year.
"Lucas hit that ball a ton, and McGrath came through, too."
After getting a sensational 17-strikeout pitching performance from McGrath on Monday, the Bears got a superb effort from Kyle Asher.
The junior right-hander scattered five hits, struck out five and didn't issue a walk.
"We knew it'd take a special effort on Asher's part to pull it out tonight, and we got it," Lauder said.
West Jessamine starter Sherrow was solid, too.
He went five innings, gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked one. He was victimized by shaky defense (two errors) that led to Butler's first run.
"He was phenomenal," Lauder said of Sherrow.
West Jessamine's offense didn't generate much. Its only run came in the fourth when Huston Barber was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a passed ball.
The Colts accomplished a lot this season, posting a school-record 34 wins and getting to the state tournament for the first time.
"We did a lot of firsts," Hamilton said, "and the kids made a lot of great memories that'll last the rest of their lives."
Butler, meanwhile, is still in contention for its first state title.
"This is a big step for us," Lauder said. "We've told the kids don't be happy just to get somewhere. Play to win, play to win. They've taken on that mentality."
Harrison Co. 8, Clay Co. 0: After a 12-hour delay, Harrison County made quick work of Clay County.
A thunderstorm forced the first-round game to be suspended late Tuesday night with Harrison County leading 4-0 after three innings.
When play resumed at Applebee's Park Wednesday morning, the No. 8 Thorobreds needed just an hour to finish off an 8-0 victory.
Harrison County (33-4) will take a 21-game winning streak into Thursday's quarterfinal game against Daviess County (22-14).
Eric Sanders, who had a two-run single before the delay and a two-run double after the restart, said he was well-rested after good night's sleep back home in Cynthiana.
"We had a 4-0 lead, so that felt good," he said. "If it had been 0-0, I might've been nervous."
Coach Mac Whitaker was pleased with the way his team took care of business, scoring four runs in its first at-bat Wednesday.
"It was nice, very rewarding, to come out and right off the bat get more runs, some insurance," he said. "The kids battled hard."
After Harrison County ace Logan Dailey worked three innings Tuesday, he was ineligible to pitch the next day.
Ryan Durbin took the mound, but had control problems and didn't make it out of the inning
Matthew Dye, who's coming back from elbow surgery, came on in relief and threw strikes.
Harrison County's offense also got a lift from Shane Fowler, who had a double, triple and two RBI.
Clay County's Brandon Griffin had a pair of doubles.
This was the Tigers' first appearance in the state tournament since 1997. They ran into Harrison County that time, too, losing 13-0 in the semifinals. The 'Breds went on to win the state title that year.
Harrison Co. 8, Clay Co. 0
Clay Co. 000 000 0—0 5 3
Harrison Co. 004 400 x—8 7 0
Todd McDaniel, Brandon Griffin (4) and John Wilson. Logan Dailey, Ryan Durbin (4), Matthew Dye (4), Josh Morrison (7) and Hunter Hill, Josh Moss (4). W—Dailey. L—McDaniel. 2B—Brandon Griffin (CC), 2; Shane Fowler (HC), Eric Sanders (HC). 3B—Fowler (HC).
Records—Clay Co. 26-15, Harrison Co. 33-4.
Butler 2, West Jessamine 1
West Jessamine 000 100 0—1 5 3
Butler 010 001 x—2 7 0
Gus Sherrow, Noah Smallwood (6) and Louie Helmburg. Kyle Asher and Ryan Jessee. W—Asher. L—Sherrow. 2B—Huston Barber (WJ). 3B—Zach Lucas (B).
Records—West Jessamine 34-7; Butler 27-12-1.