Ads to face Boyle in 45th District baseball tourney

May 13, 2004|MARTY WARREN

Danville and Boyle County's baseball teams will square off in the opening round of the 45th District Tournament at Boyle.

Danville and Boyle will play at 5:30 p.m. May 24, while Casey County and Lincoln County will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 25. The two winners will play for the championship May 27.

The four coaches voted before the season to have a blind draw this season for tournament pairings instead of the seeding process they had used in recent years.

"We got a tough draw against a team that waxed us pretty good on our home field (10-4 on April 27)," Boyle coach David Camic said. "They have the total package. They have defense, speed, power and coaching. They are not only a district contender, but are capable of winning the 12th Region."


Danville coach Paul Morse, whose team has won 10 of its last 12 games, said playing against a crosstown rival is difficult, but meeting Boyle in the first round of a single-elimination tournament adds pressure.

"When we decided last year for an open draw, we knew there would be a possibility of this happening," Morse said. "It will be fun and sad at the same time that one of us will have to go home early and not get a chance to go to the regional. We played well the first time we played them, and hopefully we won't go into the game overconfident. We can't just go into the game thinking that all we have to do is show up, because that is not going to happen."

Lincoln County coach Jimmy Hill said this years' tournament seems to be wide open.

"Anybody is capable of winning the tournament this year," Hill said. "We had a little success against them (Casey) earlier in the year (during 5-0 and 17-2 wins), but they have beaten Russell County and Mercer County, who have already beaten us this year.

"We have shown flashes where we have played well, but we have struggled at times, too. Our kids always come through at the end of the year, though, and they know what we expect from them."

Casey has won five of its last seven games and coach Jimmy Brown likes the way his team has been playing.

"All of the teams in the tournament are tough, but we have started playing better once the weather started to get warmer," the Casey coach said. "I'm pleased with the progress we have made since the season began. We were able to beat two pretty good teams in Russell County and Mercer County, and we need to have that type of effort to carry over."

Admission to the tournament will be $4 per game, and there will be no advance sales.

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