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State baseball: Central Hardin blanks Clark County

Central Hardin's Matt Nichols stretched out to lay down a sacrifice bunt, which scored a run in the first inning.
Central Hardin's Matt Nichols stretched out to lay down a sacrifice bunt, which scored a run in the first inning.

Clark County's first trip to the state baseball tournament didn't make for many scrapbook memories.

No. 4 Central Hardin whipped the Cardinals 9-0 in the first round of the Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Monday night.

It was the first time Clark County was blanked this year.

Central Hardin, returning almost its entire lineup from last year's state tournament, jumped on Clark County for two runs in the first and four more in the second.

Russ Morse, who's batting .520 this season, ripped a two-run single to highlight the second. He also had an RBI double in the sixth.

Ryan Squires and Matt Nichols had two RBI apiece.

Clark County threatened in the top of the fifth when Zach Pasley led off with a double, and the next two batters walked to load the bases.

But Austin Walters pitched out of the jam, getting an infield pop-up, a strikeout and a groundout.

Walters, a senior right-hander who will play junior college ball at Olney Central in Illinois, went the full seven innings. He gave up six hits and had 11 strikeouts. He is 12-2 this season, with 97 K's in 77 innings.

Central Hardin (33-4), the winningest team in the state, advances to face Apollo (26-9-1) in Wednesday night's quarterfinals.

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