Photos by J Renaker Photography.
After their wins in the 10th Region Tournament semifinals on Tuesday, Harrison County and Campbell County will face off in the championship game on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in Cynthiana.
Harrison County will be competing for their 23rd region championship and first since 2013. Since 1984, Harrison County has made it to the regional finals 29 out of 38 times.
Campbell County will be looking for their third consecutive region title. In the first round of last year’s tournament, Campbell County hit a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 7th inning to beat the Thorobreds in Cynthiana. In 2021, Campbell defeated Harrison 8-5 in the championship.
In 2013, it was Harrison County who defeated Campbell County 1-0 in the championship game. Since then, Campbell County has won four titles and Harrison County has won zero. In 2016, Campbell County was state runner-up.
Harrison County 11
Mason County 4
After a quick 1st inning, the Harrison County offense put up 5 runs in the top of the 2nd. Mason County starter Eli Porter gave up 2 hits, but walked 3 and hit 1 batter in in the top half of the inning. Corey Vaughn’s double with the bases loaded put the Breds up 5-0.
The Mason County offense was stagnant until the bottom of the 5th inning. Junior Braxton Grubb had a no-hitter going with 1 walk until he gave up back-to-back singles to Carson Pugh and Cole Horch with no outs.
Cameron Rosel would hit a double with runners on 1st and 2nd to make the score 6-1.
Carson Butler would follow that up by hitting into an error. Two more runs would score for Mason County after the ball was thrown out of play.
Mason County would put another run up in the bottom of the 6th to make it a 6-4 game. Porter and Fite started off the inning with two singles. A ground out by Pugh scored Fite.
Up to the top of the 7th with Cray Fite now pitching. A single from Corey Vaughn started the big inning. Cameron White hit a double to score Vaughn and making the score 7-4. Mason Smiley would single to put runners on the corners with no outs.
Malachi Feedback hit a sac fly to deep left field to score White and make it 8-4.
Two more singles from JD Kendall and Brian Vaughn made the score 9-4. Jashon Lewis lined out to center and Kendall tagged up to score making it 10-4 with 2 outs.
Brian Vaughn scored from 3rd after a wild pitch to make it 11-4; the final score.
Harrison County finished the game with 10 hits and 6 walks. Mason County had 9 hits and 1 walk.
Campbell County 5
Montgomery County 4
Coming into the game we expected a pitchers dual. That’s what it was for Montgomery County ace Matthew Rowlett, expect for the first inning.
Zach Franzen and Jake Gross started off the game with a walk and a single. Aydan Hamilton drove in Franzen on an error by the shortstop.
Evan Clark followed things up with a double that made the score 3-0 early in the ball game.
After that first inning, though, Rowlett would retire the next 12 pack of Camels in order.
Montgomery County would answer back in the top of the 2nd after Butcher walked with the bases loaded to make it 3-1.
The Indians would make it 3-2 after a Reed single and Butcher hit a double to the right field line.
Davis Johnson would drive in a run in the top of the 6th inning to tie the game up 3-3.
Rowlett’s hot streak wore off in the 6th. Gross started off with a lead-off single at the top of the order. Hamilton then hit a double down the line putting two runners in scoring position.
Evan Clark would ground out and Kramer would hit into a fielder’s choice, each scoring a run to make 5-3 Camels with three outs left for the Indians.
Here’s what would happen:
Despite having 13 hits and 2 walks, Montgomery County was only able to put up 4 runs.
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