Written by James Weber for the Enquirer. Click here to read the original article online.
Memorial Day had parades, pitching, hot dogs and high drama as Northern Kentucky diamond teams played in six regional tournaments.
In 9th Region baseball at UC Health Stadium, Tuesday’s semifinals have been pushed back an hour from the original time of 5 p.m. due to heat index concerns.
Covington Catholic (25-10) will play St. Henry (17-13) in the first semifinal at UC Health Stadium at 6 p.m., with Highlands (24-13) following against Beechwood (22-10). If CovCath wins, it will be the 1,000th career win for head coach Bill Krumpelbeck, and would put the Colonels one win away from their first regional title since 2005.
The championship game is 7 p.m. Thursday at UC Health Stadium. With Cooper eliminated on Monday, the start time for the final will remain unchanged unless weather interferes. Cooper has its graduation Thursday night.
Campbell County hosts the 10th Region baseball tournament, and the Camels and rival Mustangs are still alive to win the title on the Camels’ home field.
Campbell County (19-11) will play George Rogers Clark (22-10) in the first semifinal at 5 p.m., with Bishop Brossart (19-12) playing Montgomery County (18-11) following, no earlier than 7:30 p.m. The final is 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The Camels beat Clark 4-3 on May 12. Brossart and Montgomery did not play this year.
Eighth Region rivals Simon Kenton and Walton-Verona were both eliminated in baseball Monday.
Monday was a rough one for Northern Kentucky softball teams outside the Ninth Region, with two of three teams being eliminated. Four Ninth Region teams advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals.
Notre Dame (16-13) will face Ryle (22-5) in the first 9th Region semifinal 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Newport Veterans Park, followed by St. Henry (17-17) vs. Highlands (19-10). The final is 6 p.m. Thursday.
Notre Dame is defending champion and has won three of the previous five championships overall. Highlands last won in 2016 and Ryle in 2012. St. Henry has never won a fastpitch regional title.
Walton-Verona (15-15) will face Collins (16-12) in the Eighth Region semifinals 8 p.m. Tuesday at Henry County. The winner faces Owen County or Oldham County 7 p.m. Wednesday.
A recap of Monday’s action:
Covington Catholic 4, Ryle 2
CovCath (25-10) rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to get past the upset-minded Raiders (10-25).
The middle of the order did the damage for the Colonels. Jack Coldiron walked to lead off the sixth. Casey McGinness drove him in a with a double to tie the game. Justin Colvin and Michael Schaefer hit RBI singles to give CovCath a 4-2 lead.
Jack Maile’s RBI single gave CovCath a 1-0 lead in the second. Evan Webster and Blake Burnett hit RBI singles in the fourth to put Ryle up 2-1. Lucas Weaver went 2-3 for Ryle and Mitch Toepfert had a double.
Colvin went 2-for-3 for the day and so did Maile. Webster, one of the area’s top pitchers, took the loss in the upset bid. Evan Stallman pitched the last two innings to improve to 5-2 for CovCath.
Highlands 11, Dixie Heights 0
The Bluebirds overwhelmed the Colonels Monday night at UC Health Stadium, putting the game away with a seven-run fourth inning.
Sam Hennigan drove in three runs. Tyler Gulley and Bryce Ziegler drove in two each. Grady Cramer started on the mound.
St. Henry 9, Newport Central Catholic 0
Junior Kameron Kraus pitched a complete-game shutout for the Crusaders. Senior Michael Schaefer hit a three-run homer for the Crusaders. St. Henry advances to the semifinals for the third straight year.
Beechwood 3, Cooper 2
The Tigers eliminated the Jaguars in one of the most dramatic games of the day.
Cooper loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Beechwood senior Nick Jackman struck out two Jaguars and got the last out on a pop-up to end the game.
John Odom singled and scored twice for Beechwood on Cooper miscues. Beechwood took a 3-1 lead in the third when Odom singled and was followed to the plate by Logan Castleman, who singled. Both runners scored on the play after two Cooper errors.
North Oldham 7, Walton-Verona 3
North Oldham (27-7) scored five in the sixth inning on four Bearcat errors to eliminate W-V (14-11).
Braxton Foley, a Winthrop signee pitching his final game, gave up only two hits in 5.1 innings and led the Bearcats to a 3-2 lead in the sixth before the defense went awry.
Collins 7, Simon Kenton 4
The Titans (18-17) erupted for seven runs in the top of the first inning and held on to eliminate the 2017 state runner-up Pioneers (24-7).
Campbell County 6, Nicholas County 2
The host Camels took a 3-2 lead in the third inning on a passed ball and a sacrifice fly, and put it away with a three-run seventh inning to advance in the 10th Region Tournament.
Campbell (19-11) faces George Rogers Clark (22-10) 5 p.m. Tuesday in the semis at Campbell County.
Campbell went up 4-2 in the seventh on a double by Brady Brooks, and 5-2 on a single by Luke Stevenson. Stevenson had two RBI on the day. Austin Hoeh and Kyler Southerland also hit doubles.
Campbell’s ace pitcher, Carson Werrmann, got the win on the mound, pitching 5.2 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits, striking out eight. Gavin Peters came in with two outs in the sixth inning and preserved the 3-2 lead before retiring the side in the seventh.
Bishop Brossart 5, Harrison County 3
The Mustangs scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie and advance in the tournament. Jarod Baynum broke the tie in the fifth inning and Tyler MacDonald singled in a run to make it 5-3. MacDonald had two RBI for the game. His first RBI single started the scoring in the fourth inning.
Nathan Bezold and Stephen Verst had RBI singles in the fourth inning to make it 3-0 before the Thorobreds tied it at 3-3 in the fifth.
Notre Dame 20, Dayton 0 (3 innings)
The defending Ninth Region champion Pandas made quick work of the upset-minded Greendevils who were in the regional tournament for the first time in team history.
Ryle 8, Dixie Heights 4
The Raiders led 3-0 after four innings on home runs by Maclai Branson and Mackai Dickerson, and held on to eliminate the Colonels.
Highlands 2, Boone County 1 (10 innings)
Anna Greenwell singled home Taylor Lorenzen in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Bluebirds to the semifinals
St. Henry 8, Holy Cross 3
The 34th District champion Crusaders advanced to the semis.
Owen County 5, Simon Kenton 1
The Pioneers finished 17-11 as they bowed out of the Eighth Region Tournament to Owen (11-8).
Walton-Verona 2, Carroll County 0
The Bearcats posted the shutout win to advance to the Eighth Region semifinals.
Paris 3, Campbell County 0
The Greyhounds (17-11) posted their fourth straight shutout in the postseason by eliminating the Camels (18-7).
Harrison County 11, Scott 1 (Sunday)
The Eagles finished the season 6-14 in their first regional berth in eight years.