The George Rogers Clark baseball team opened the 10th¿Region Tournament with an 8-1 victory over Mason County Monday at Campbell County.
Clark (20-10), which lost to Bourbon County 10-4 in the 40th District finals, will take on host Campbell County in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Alexandria. Defending state champion Harrison¿County and Bourbon County also advanced following first-round victories on Monday.
The Lady Cards also moved on to the regional semifinals in softball following a 4-0 shutout over Harrison County in a rematch of last year’s regional final on Monday.
Clark (27-9) plays Bishop Brossart at 7 tonight in the final game of a doubleheader at Pendleton County. In the first game, 40th District champion Montgomery County will play Bracken County at 5 p.m.
At Campbell County, Tyler Martinez and Hunter Osborne combined on a three-hitter, with Martinez getting the win. Martinez went the first six innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out six batters and walking one. Osborne gave up a pair of hits in the seventh and allowed a run, but picked off a base runner at first and struckout the final batter to close out the game.
Tyler Cain, Anthony Withrow and Logan McQuerry paced the Cards offense with a single and a double each. McQuerry and Withrow each had run-scoring hits in the first inning, while Cain, McQuerry and Withrow drove in three of Clark’s four runs in the fifth inning that turned a 3-0 advantage into a commanding 7-0 lead.
Clark’s Zach Pasley also had a big outing at the plate with two hits, including a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning that gave the Cards a 3-0 advantage.
At Pendleton County, Clark pitcher Amy Haggard tossed a one-hitter and fanned 10 batters to lead the Lady Cards to an easy victory.
Haggard struckout seven of the first 10 batters she faced, including a string of five straight in the first two innings. Haggard fanned the side in the second and shut down eight in a row before giving up a single to open the seventh inning.
Shamy Williams paced the team’s offense with a pair of singles and drove in Clark’s first run with a two-out base hit in the opening frame.
The score remained 1-0 until the seventh when Clark erupted for three runs on four hits. Alli Martin highlighted the inning with a triple that scored a pair of runs and helped create spacing between the two region rivals.
Clark lead-off batter Caitlin Collins paced Clark's offense with three hits — all singles.