High School Baseball

Scott County baseball surprises Henry Clay

You can be sure the baseball-playing Jarvis brothers exchanged a few lively text messages Wednesday night.

Derek Jarvis, a senior at Scott County, threw a complete-game four-hitter to lead the Cardinals past district rival Henry Clay 6-2.

It was Scott County's first victory over the Blue Devils since Austin Jarvis, Derek's brother, threw a two-hitter to beat them 2-1 in the 2008 district finals.

Austin is now playing at Pikeville College, where his brother will be joining him next season.

"Oh yeah, I'll be sure to let him know about this," Derek said after his quick and efficient win over Henry Clay.

The Devils came into the game with momentum. They had won six of their previous seven games and had beaten Scott County six times in a row over the last three years.

But it was the Cards, who had lost seven of their last eight, who prevailed, thanks in large part to Derek Jarvis.

"It all started on the mound," Scott County Coach Scott Willard said. "Derek's a high-energy guy, and he gives our team a lot of energy. He works quick and keeps our defense on its toes."

The Cards gave Jarvis an early lead. Their first four batters collected singles. Nick Smith and Elliott Hutton drove in Matt Hannabach and Chris Redmon to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

Then came a stunner.

Luke Easley tried to put down a bunt, but he popped it up to Henry Clay pitcher Derek Bush. Both runners were going on the play, and Bush threw to second to double-up Smith, and the relay to first completed the triple play.

Bush settled down after that and blanked Scott County the next four innings.

Henry Clay tied it in the fourth. Field Engle and Corey Bays singled, and James Hendron doubled them home.

But that was all the offense the Devils could muster.

Scott County regained the lead in the sixth, thanks in part to the wet, slick, soggy field. Hannabach reached on an error caused by the mucky infield dirt. Redman followed with a bunt single. Hutton's fly ball fell for a run-scoring double when Henry Clay center fielder Deion Shelby slipped going after the ball.

Easley's sacrifice fly made it 4-2, and Conner Showalter's infield single drove in another run. Scott County made it 6-2 in the top of the seventh on a Henry Clay throwing error.

"This gives us a lot of confidence, to finally put a complete game together," said Jarvis, who faced only 24 batters. He had three strikeouts and no walks.

Henry Clay Coach Jordan Tarrence bemoaned his team's lack of offense and unlucky breaks on defense.

"Our bats came out flat," he said. "And in the sixth inning, we got a couple tough breaks. Two times we were affected by the wet field. But we were playing on the same field they were."

In early May last year, Henry Clay was 14-10 but then made a run to the region finals. Do this year's Devils, 11-10, have the potential to get on a similar roll?

"I think we do, definitely," Tarrence said. "I felt we were kind of on it until tonight.

"Our bats are pretty much the key. The top of the order has carried us. Once the bottom starts to hit, that's what'll help us make a run."

Scott County 200 003 1—6 9 0

Henry Clay 000 200 0—2 4 2

Derek Jarvis and Brian Malesick. Derek Bush, Reilly Patton (7) and James Hendron. W—Jarvis. L—Bush. 2B—Hendron (HC), Malesick (SC), Elliott Hutton (SC).

Records—Scott Co. 9-13; Henry Clay 11-10.