High School Baseball

Bryan Station, Henry Clay reach 42nd District baseball finals

Henry Clay's Field Engle scored in the third inning after barreling past Scott County catcher Brian Malesick. The 
Blue Devils 
shut out Scott County 7-0 in the 
42nd District Tournament on Tuesday at Sayre.
Henry Clay's Field Engle scored in the third inning after barreling past Scott County catcher Brian Malesick. The Blue Devils shut out Scott County 7-0 in the 42nd District Tournament on Tuesday at Sayre.

Thanks to Bren Redmon, Bryan Station heard good thunder Tuesday.

Redmon's two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning vaulted the 12th-ranked Defenders to a 6-5 walk-off win over Sayre.

The opening game of the 42nd District Baseball Tournament had been suspended Monday, tied 5-5 in the middle of the sixth inning, because of a thunderstorm at Sayre's Chase Comley Field.

The completion of the high school game came shortly after Tuesday's regularly scheduled game. In that game, Henry Clay's Walker Buehler threw a complete-game, three-hitter to subdue Scott County 7-0.

Bryan Station and Henry Clay will meet for the district title Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. Both teams will advance to next week's 11th Region tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

"I know (Henry Clay is) a tremendous team and has a great coach," said Bryan Station Coach Eddie Brooks, whose team swept the Blue Devils 2-1 and 4-0 during the regular season. "We're lucky to be here right now, going what we just went through. Hopefully, we can come out tomorrow ready to play again."

Bryan Station and Sayre each scored three runs in the first inning and one in the second Monday.

The Defenders (19-9) took a 5-4 lead in the fifth when Chris LaPorte tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

The Spartans (19-8) tied just before play was suspended. Wyatt Ockerman singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on the last of Cabot Haggin's three singles.

LaPorte triggered the winning inning, leading off with a single.

With two outs, pinch-runner Charles Jackson III stole second, then took third on a wild pitch.

Redmon, who had pitched a scoreless seventh in relief, ripped a 3-1 pitch for a single to left.

"I just had a feeling. I knew I was going to do it," said Redmon, a senior who had played first base Monday. "I was behind my team the whole time and I knew they were behind me. I felt the intensity coming from the dugout ... so I just had to do it for the team."

Sayre outhit Station 8-6.

"I told the guys Sayre's a great ball team, they've had a tremendous year," Brooks said. "I knew coming in facing them, with the seniors they had and a quality coach, that I was in for a dogfight and that's what I got, a dogfight."

Henry Clay had five hits against Scott County (11-22), as well as 11 walks and a hit batsman.

Buehler, a left-handed junior who has committed to play for Vanderbilt, yielded three singles. He fanned 13, striking out the side in the fifth and sixth innings.

"He didn't walk anybody until two outs in the seventh inning, and that was the big thing that we were trying to stress," said Jordan Tarrence, coach of the Blue Devils (20-15). "His last few starts, he's walked too many. So today we challenged him to just go out and throw a lot of strikes, and he did a great job."

Buehler had command of a fastball, curveball and slider. He rarely went to his changeup.

"I had it all going, luckily," said Buehler, who added that his shoulder "was bothering me a little bit, but everything else was good."

Corey Bays doubled in the Devils' first run, in the second inning.

Henry Clay parlayed three walks, a wild pitch, an error and Zane Ragan's two-run bloop single to score three runs in the third.

They added one in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk and two in the sixth on James Hendron's RBI double and Buehler's sacrifice fly.

Sayre 310 001 0—5 8 1

Bryan Station 310 010 1—6 6 1

Haggin, Patterson (4), Brewer (6) and Deppen; Bollmer, Combs (4), Redmon (7) and Boling. 2B — Hall, S; Redmon, BS. 3B — LaPorte, BS.

S cott County 000 000 0—0 3 1

Henry Clay 013 012 x—7 5 1

Warman, Jarvis (3), Perry (6) and Malesick; Buehler and Hendron. 2B — Bays, Hendron, HC.

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