Mason Stamm’s 10th-inning home run lifted Danville to a 4-3 victory over Clay County on Saturday at Stearns after two pitchers combined to throw nine no-hit innings.
Stamm’s second home run of the season, a solo shot to right field, gave the 12th-ranked Admirals the lead in the top of the 10th. He also gave Danville (9-1) a 3-2 lead with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning before Clay (4-3) answered with an unearned run in the bottom half.
The Tigers scored two runs on three hits in the first inning, but they didn’t get another hit or another earned run the rest of the day against Austin Baxter and Andrew Lasure.
“(They) threw nine innings of no-hit baseball after that point against one of the better offensive teams that we’ve played this year,” Danville coach Paul Morse said.
Baxter struck out nine batters and walked four in 6 2/3 innings, and Lasure earned the win after fanning four and walking two in 3 1/3 innings.
Danville scored on a third-inning RBI¿by Lasure, who has driven in 20 runs this season, and a fourth-inning error.
The Admirals were scheduled to play McCreary Central later in the day to complete a three-team round-robin, but that game was rained out.
Boyle County 4, Conner 3 — At Covington, Boyle (4-4) scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally past Conner (2-5) in the second of two games at Dixie Heights.
Conner Blevins drove in the go-ahead run for the Rebels with a sacrifice fly and Jacob Preston stopped the Cougars¿in the bottom of the seventh to finish a complete-game win.
Preston scattered five hits and gave up only one earned run, striking out seven batters.
“Jacob did a nice job in game two, coming back from a loss to set the tone for us,” Boyle coach Kyle Wynn said.
Kody Ross had two hits, including an RBI¿double, for Boyle.
Covington Catholic 3, Boyle County 0 — At Covington, No. 21 Covington Catholic (4-0) scored three first-inning runs and kept Boyle off the scoreboard all afternoon.
The Rebels matched the Colonels’ hit total but couldn’t dent the plate.
Addison Coffey took the loss after allowing six hits and three walks in four innings. Blevins pitched three shutout innings.
Brett Jones had two hits for Boyle.
Burgin 6, Western 1 — At Burgin, Austin Shewmaker struck out 13 batters in a complete-game four-hitter as Burgin (1-6)¿defeated Western (2-6) for its first victory.
Shewmaker also hit a two-run home run and a triple and reached base four times as the Bulldogs posted their highest run total of the season.
On the mound, he allowed four hits and no walks and hit one batter in his first start since suffering a torn ligament in his elbow last season.
“Austin had an excellent game on the mound for us tonight,” Burgin coach Greg Harlow said. “His being able to pitch has been a huge help for us.”
Burgin supported its pitcher with three runs in the first inning, scoring on an error, a wild pitch and Dylan Coulter’s sacrifice fly.
Jared Robbins’ sacrifice fly in the fourth inning made it 4-1, and Shewmaker homered in the sixth for two insurance runs.
Burgin had only three hits but took advantage of four Western errors, while the Bulldogs had two errors of their own.
Robbins and Mason Myers stole two bases each and Cooper Shearer scored twice for the Bulldogs, who don’t play again until April 10.
“We did a lot of the little things tonight that you need to do to win games. We really needed this win going into spring break to give the guys some much-needed confidence,” Harlow said.
Area High School Linescores
Western 010 000 0 — 1 4 4
Burgin 300 102 x — 6 3 2
Spencer and Druin. Shewmaker and Harrison. W—Shewmaker. L—Spencer. 3B—Shewmaker (B). HR—Shewmaker (B).
At McCreary Central
Danville 001 100 100 1 — 4 6 5
Clay County 200 000 100 0 — 3 3 2
Baxter, Lasure (7) and Lasure, W. Graham (7). Hensley, Hoskins (9) and Allen. W—Lasure. L—Hoskins. HR—Stamm (D).
At Dixie Heights
Covington Catholic 300 000 0 — 3 7 3
Boyle County 000 000 0 — 0 7 0
At Dixie Heights
Boyle County 100 010 2 — 4 5 1
Conner 002 010 0 — 3 5 2