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10th Region Baseball Preview and Rankings

This seasons rankings are sponsored by Graphics for Athletics. G4A specializes in custom graphics for high schools, colleges and universities. Top 10 pitchers and top 10 hitters are listed at the end in no particular order. Stats pulled from Riherds.

1. Campbell County

2022: 24-11, 37th District Champion, 10th Region Champion
Coach: Scott Schweitzer
Enrollment: 1,557

The Camels finished as back-to-back 10th Region Champions in 2021 and 2022.  They return six starters from last year’s team that fell in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.  

Aydan Hamilton, a senior, will be playing baseball at Kentucky next spring.  Hamilton batted a .490 average in 20 games before breaking his hand after breaking his hand from a hit by pitch.  Jake Gross, senior infielder, hit for .356 with 32 hits and 8 doubles.

On the mound is Campbell County senior ace Max Lause.  Lause appeared in 14 games and threw 56.1 innings with a 1.99 ERA.  Zach Franzen, a sophomore, threw some big innings (28.1) last year with 26 strikeouts and had an impressive 0.49 ERA.

The Camels have strong leadership with nine seniors that have played in the state baseball tournament twice.  Coach Schweitzer says they will be able to swing with power with a string middle.  Their expectations are to win the region title and make a run at state.

2. Harrison County

2022: 25-9, 38th District Runner-Up
Coach: Mac Whitaker
Enrollment: 868

The Thorobreds are looking to return to win the region for the first time since 2013, the longest championship drought in the Mac Whitaker era.  Harrison County has come up short in the finals three times since then.

The Breds’ lineup is led by junior Elijah Harris, who batted .444 last year.  Harris led the team with 40 hits and 23 walks while only striking out 14 times.  They also have senior slugger Malachi Feedback who hit 11 home runs in 2022, the most in the region, with a .407 BA.  Junior Cameron White had the third most hits at 37.  Junior Corey Vaughn had 37 hits and will be the go-to man on the mound.  

Vaughn was on the mound for 44.2 innings giving up just 11 runs.  6’5” senior JD Kendall threw the most innings for Harrison with an ERA of 3.16.  Junior Braxton Grubb only threw 12.1 innings last year due to an injury.  However, Grubb struck out 20 batters and had a 2.27 ERA. 

3. George Rogers Clark

2022: 21-14, 40th District Runner-Up
Coach: Chris Varney
Enrollment: 1,694

The Cardinals have a core group of eleven juniors and are looking to win the region for the first time since 2017.  They lost to Campbell County in last year’s finals, 5-3.

At the plate, they are led by junior Louisville commit Brady Davis, who had 31 hits and three homeruns last year while batting .337.  Another junior, Caden Spicer, had 34 hits and five homeruns last season. Kamden Mcalpin, a sophomore, had 31 hits last year.  

On the mound are two juniors, Lochlan Hanzel and Jordan Soliz.  As sophomores, they both threw over 45 innings each while keeping their ERA under 2.20 and striking out over 100 batters.

4. Mason County

2022: 17-14, 39th District Champion
Coach: Jason Butler (2nd season)
Enrollment: 841

Mason County has won seven straight district titles, but they are looking for their first region win since 2014.  Their only region championship came in 1994. 

Two juniors lead the Royals in both hitting in pitching.  Eli Porter threw 47.1 innings with a 2.66 ERA and 91 Ks.  At the plate, Porter had 41 hits with .353 BA.  Landon Scilley led the region in hits last year with 45 at a .455 average.  On the mound, he pitched 46.2 innings with a 2.25 ERA. 

5. Bishop Brossart

2022: 17-17, 37th District Runner-Up
Coach: Ron Verst
Enrollment: 305

The Mustangs have a senior-laden team with several of them being three-year starters.  They have seven seniors and eight juniors.

Colin Combs is a senior and starting catcher.  He had 42 hits and 6 homeruns last year with a .396 BA.  Senior Evan Moore threw the second most innings of any pitcher in the region last year with 64.1 and still maintained a 2.83 ERA.  Moore also had 37 hits with 7 homeruns.

6. Montgomery County

2022: 19-13, 40th District Champion
Coach: Gene Combs
Enrollment: 1,289

The Indians are looking for their first region championship since 2019.  Coach Combs believes the team has the depth and experience to compete for a title.  They return eight starters and twelve players who saw quality innings.

On the mound, you can expect to see a full roster of pitchers.  Their ace, though, will be senior Matthew Rowlett, who threw 58.2 innings with a 2.27 ERA and 67 strikeouts.

In the box, they return senior Davis Johnson, who had 30 hits at a .333 average.  Another senior, Jarrett Stidham, had 27 hits. 

7. Nicholas County

2022: 23-10, 38th District Champion
Coach: Josh Earlywine & Travis Sims
Enrollment: 295

The Blue Jackets won the 10th Region All “A” Classic last year and beat Harrison County 8-7 in 9 innings to win the 38th District Championship.  

Senior Ryan Johnson threw 37 innings last year with a 3.78 ERA.  The Western Kentucky commit had 59 strikeouts last year but walked 34.  He led the team with 7 homeruns with a .346 BA.

Senior Brayson Ring pitched 33.1 innings with a 2.31 ERA.  He had 39 hits and 6 homeruns batting .375.

Leading the team in hits last year was now senior Lincoln Morris, who had 41 hits and a .414 BA.

8. Bourbon County

2022: 14-13
Coach: Nelson Faris
Enrollment: 794

The Colonels are led by senior Clay Estes who had 30 hits and last year.  On the mound it’s sophomore Kaden Highlander who threw 42 innings with a 3.33 ERA. 

9. Scott

2022: 8-22
Coach: Kevin Goins
Enrollment: 1,112

Scott returns 6 starters and their entire young pitching staff.  Last year, they had 18 players make an appearance on the mound. 

Senior catcher Leo Brown and junior Dylan Giffen batted just under the .320 mark with 27 and 30 hits.  They also return senior pitchers Casey Hilbert and Blaise Huiet.

10. Bracken County

2022: 14-14, 39th District Runner-Up
Coach: Rob Krift
Enrollment: 368

Bracken County’s core class of 2024 players are upperclassmen now after most of them have been playing since eighth grade.  The Polar Bears are looking for their first district title since 2015.  They fell to Montgomery County 4-3 in the region tournament.

On the mound, Coach Krift thinks their strength is having several pitchers who are consistent and throw strikes.  Junior Hank Krift threw 68.2 innings last year, the most of any 10th Region player.  He managed a 2.34 ERA with 89 strikeouts.

Juniors Ross Lucas had 33 hits last year and Josh Hamilton had 30.

11. Pendleton County

2022: 10-15
Coach: Logan Shipley
Enrollment: 699

The Wildcats return senior Ethan Verst who 30 hits last year with a .455 BA.  On the mound, they return now junior Michael Fultz who threw 37.1 innings with a 3.37 ERA.

12. Augusta

2022: 6-13
Coach: Robin Kelsch
Enrollment: 111

Augusta lost in a 5-4 heartbreaker last year in the first round of the district tournament.

They return pitchers Keeton Bach and Will Keslch, who threw almost 100 innings for the Panthers.  Bach had a 2.80 ERA.  Kylan Hinson returns after a 20-hit season and a .345 ERA. 

13. Calvary Christian

2022: 20-12
Coach: Ian McKenzie
Enrollment: 119

The Cougars lost a majority of their team to graduation last year.  Senior Troy McCann returns after having 28 hits last year and a .315 ERA.  On the mound, he threw 32.1 innings with a 2.60 ERA. 

14. Paris

2022: 9-21
Coach: Kyle Campbell
Enrollment: 222

The Greyhounds return senior William Puckett who had 24 hits and a .375 BA last season.  Jakari Ransom threw 34.2 innings last year with a 5.65 ERA.

No Varsity Team:

St. Patrick

2022: No season
Enrollment: 63

Coach Tom Posey said about the Saints, “We are a very young team and are learning to play the game. We have no seniors and one junior.  We should have around 15 players when we start.  We hope to play varsity next year.”

Robertson County

2022: No season
Enrollment: 148

Top 10 Hitters:

Aydan Hamilton – Campbell County – Senior
.490 BA, 24 H, 21 RBI, 3 HR, 18 BB, 6 K

Landon Scilley – Mason County – Junior
.455 BA, 45 H, 23 RBI, 1 HR, 20 BB, 16 K

Elijah Harris – Harrison County – Junior
.444 BA, 40 H, 22 RBI, 2 HR, 27 BB, 13 K

Brady Davis – George Rogers Clark – Junior
.337 BA, 31 H, 17 RBI, 3 HR, 27 BB, 26 K

Colin Combs – Bishop Brossart – Senior
.396 BA, 42 H, 38 RBI, 6 HR, 11 BB, 19 K

Evan Moore – Bishop Brossart – Senior
.378 BA, 37 H, 47 RBI, 7 HR. 18 BB. 16 K

Lincoln Morris – Nicholas County – Senior
.414 BA, 41 H, 30 RBI, 2 HR, 8 BB, 6 K

Malachi Feeback – Harrison County – Senior
.407 BA, 33 H, 41 RBI, 11 HR, 15 BB, 25 K

Corey Vaughn – Harrison County – Junior
.398 BA, 37 H, 33 RBI, 7 HR, 7 BB, 19 K

Brayson Ring – Nicholas County – Junior
.375 BA, 39 H, 29 RBI, 6 HR, 18 BB, 18 K

Top 10 Pitchers:

Landon Scilley – Mason County – Junior
46.2 IP, 2.25 ERA, 35 H, 18 ER, 20 BB, 91 K

Corey Vaughn – Harrison County – Junior
44.2 IP, 1.72 ERA, 34 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 58 K

Max Lause – Campbell County – Junior
56.1 IP, 1.99 ERA, 59 H, 16 ER, 11 BB, 47 K

Ryan Johnson – Nicholas County – Junior
37.0 IP, 3.78 ERA, 39 H, 20 ER, 34 BB, 59 K

Lochlan Hansel – George Rogers Clark – Junior
46.1 IP, 2.12 ERA, 43 H, 14 ER, 21 BB, 56 K

Hank Krift – Bracken County – Junior
68.2 IP, 2.34 ERA, 59 H, 23 ER, 35 BB, 89 K

Matthew Rowlett – Montgomery County – Senior
58.2 IP, 2.27 ERA, 53 H, 19 ER, 19 BB, 67 K

Zach Franzen – Campbell County – Sophomore
28.1 IP, 0.49 ERA, 14 H, 2 ER. 12 BB, 36 K

Jordan Soliz – George Rogers Clark – Junior
53.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 49 H, 17 ER, 21 BB, 44 K

Jack Blackburn – Montgomery County – Junior
35.0 IP, 2.00 ERA, 25 H, 10 ER, 22 BB, 38 K

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