Aces win All 'A' state tourney opener

Owensboro Catholic’s Mason Moser drove in the walk-off run for the second game in a row as the Aces topped Walton-Verona 3-2 in nine innings in the first round of the All ‘A’ Classic state tournament Friday in Richmond.

Catholic (17-5) moves on to face Pikeville (14-6) in Sunday’s semifinals at 7:30 a.m. CT. The championship game will be contested at 11 a.m.

Houston Flynn went 2-for-4 with a triple and scored for the Aces, which also got doubles from Moser, Barrett Evans and Eli Blair.

Cayden Smithers went 3-for-4 for Walton-Verona (14-7).

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WP-White. LP-Howard. 2B-Evans, Blair, Moser (OC). 3B-Flynn (OC).



Hancock County dispatched Covington Holy Cross 14-2 in four innings before beating Somerset 15-4 in six innings and upending Raceland 1-0 in All ‘A’ Classic state tournament pool play at Jack C. Fisher Park.

The Lady Hornets (17-6) will open bracket play against Bracken County at 8:30 a.m. The semifinals are set for 10:30 a.m., with the championship game scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Against Holy Cross, Emmalynn Higdon went 2-for-2 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs, while Baylee Estes and Audrey Carnes each had a homer with two RBIs. Bella Bryant added two hits and two RBIs.

Against Somerset, Lily Roberts went 4-for-5 with four RBIs for Hancock County. Ella House was 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs, and Ava Riggs drove in four runs.

In the closer, Madyson Higdon drove in the game-winning run in the top of the seventh. Roberts struck out 14 batters to earn her third win of the day.

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WP-Roberts. LP-Thomas. 2B-Riggs (Hancock). HR-Carnes, Estes, Higdon (Hancock).

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WP-Roberts. LP-Grubb. 2B-La. Roberts (HC).