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High School Sports

  • SOFTBALL: Nelson's big inning puts away Bardstown

    SPRINGFIELD — After struggling early at the plate, Nelson County erupted for 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth on the way to a 17-3 win over Bardstown in the 19th District semifinals at Idle Hour Park.

    “It took us a little while” to get the offense going, Nelson County coach John Rogers said. “The delays didn’t let us get in a rhythm at the plate.”

  • BASEBALL: Nelson advances on Gerage's CG

    SPRINGFIELD — Bradley Gerage tossed a complete game four-hitter Monday to win a 2-1 pitcher’s duel with Bardstown’s Kyle Stith, lifting Nelson County into Wednesday’s 19th District championship game at Idle Hour Park.

    “I can’t say enough of what Bradley did,” Cardinal coach David Sparrow said, crediting the junior with doing a good job changing speeds and locating his pitches while working ahead in the count much of the night during a seven-strikeout, two-walk effort.

  • SOFTBALL: Is this the year the streak comes to an end?

    When Nelson County dropped an 8-1 decision to Washington County during the first week of the season — the first Cardinal loss to a district opponent since 2004, a string of 52 games — the whispers started: Would this be the year Nelson’s two-decade streak of district titles came to an end?

    The whispers got louder when the Cardinals didn’t pick up their first win of the season until their eighth game. April ended with a losing streak of six games, and when the calendar flipped to May, the record stood at a very un-Nelsonlike 3-16.

  • BASEBALL: Nelson hopes to win 5th straight

    The 2011 season hasn’t been terribly kind to the baseball teams in the 5th Region, with only four of the 17 sporting winning records as the regular season wraps up.

    All three local teams have sub-.500 marks on their resumes, but one of the region teams with a winning record is the host of the 19th District tournament, Washington County.

    “They’re extremely well-coached,” said Bethlehem’s Roger Robinson of Washington County coach Derek Schuler, his opponent in Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. semifinal at Springfield’s Idle Hour Park.

  • TRACK AND FIELD: B'town girls crush the competition

    Bardstown’s girls won 10 of 18 events at Tuesday’s Class 1A Region 3 track meet, crushing its opponents by more than 100 points in the team competition along the way.

    “That’s about as dominating a performance as you’ll see in any region track competition,” Tiger coach Jeremy Dale said.

    The Tiger girls shook off the cold, rainy weather to roll up 217 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Fort Knox’s 105.5 points on the way to their fourth consecutive region title. Bethlehem’s girls were sixth with 30 points.

  • TENNIS: Tiger duos qualify for state

    ELIZABETHTOWN — With its top girls’ and boys’ doubles squads making it to the semifinals of the 5th Region tennis tournament, Bardstown snapped a six-year drought Tuesday in landing two qualifiers for next week’s state tennis championships.

    “That’s really exciting,” Tiger coach Bryan Kellem said. “The kids are excited just to be a part of something that big.”

  • TENNIS: Tigers place 3 doubles squads in quarterfinals

    ELIZABETHTOWN — Local squads found themselves up against the wall in the opening rounds of the 5th Region tennis tournament as just four doubles squads stayed alive to advance to quarterfinal play Tuesday.

    With three entrants remaining, Bardstown was in the best position to get a qualifier into next week’s state tennis championships in Lexington as of press time Tuesday morning. The Tigers had both girls’ doubles entrants and a boys’ doubles squad still alive after Monday’s second round.

  • TENNIS: Day 1 results mixed for locals

    ELIZABETHTOWN — The first day of the 5th Region tennis tournament brought local teams some wins and some losses, but more importantly, uninterrupted play despite rainshowers earlier Friday.

    First-round play in the girls’ draws from the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College courts saw Nelson County advance three of four entrants into Monday’s second round (matches begin at 4:30 p.m.), including both doubles squads.

  • TRACK: Class A Region 3 meet Tuesday

    Tuesday is showdown day for the Bardstown and Bethlehem track squads as local athletes will be in search of state qualifying berths at the Class A Region 3 meet.

    The meet gets under way at 5:30 p.m. Nelson County must wait until 9 a.m. Saturday for the Class 3A Region 3 meet at St. Xavier.

    Bardstown is trying to extend its streak of region dominance. The Tiger boys and girls have won the past two Region 3 crowns, and the Tiger girls won the 2008 title in the old Region 2. The Tiger boys have won the past seven region titles. Both squads are expected to repeat.

  • TENNIS: Region tourney begins today at ECC

    As usual, the 5th Region tennis draws find the seeds dominated by Elizabethtown-area schools, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some possibilities for local players to make deep runs.