‘A’ championship weekend

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Owen County defeats Trimble County 6-3 to advance to the All ‘A’ State Baseball Tournament

By Brian Blair

The week for the Owen County High School baseball team got off to a great start.
It ended even better.
The Rebels began with wins on April 8 and 9.
Owen County defeated Western Hills High School 4-1 on April 8 in Owenton. The win was the second of the season over the Wolverines. Owen County came away with a 3-2 win over Western Hills on March 15.
The Rebels then headed to Shelbyville on April 9 where the Rockets were riding a 13-game winning streak.
Following a tough evening of action, it would be the Rebels who headed home with a modest two-game winning streak with a 9-7 victory.
Owen County then took the momentum from the first part of the week and entered play in the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic on Friday night at Eminence.
The Warriors, who were hosting the tournament, quickly found themselves as spectators for the weekend as the Rebels defeated them 14-0 in five innings.
The win Friday night setup a semifinal contest against Williamstown on Saturday.
The Rebels would take care of the Demons 5-2 to put them into the title game against Trimble County.
The Raiders reached the finals by defeating Walton-Verona 10-1.
The Rebels and Raiders were in the championship game just like they were back in 2006. On that day, it was Owen County coming away with the 9-2 win.
On Saturday, it was again Owen County claiming the crown as they defeated Trimble County 6-3 to advance to the All ‘A’ State Baseball Tournament.
The Rebels will open the tournament with a game against Whitefield Academy from the seventh region.
The winner will advance to the quarterfinals to be played on May 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Lexington at Whitaker Bank Park.
The semifinals and finals will be played on May 5.
Owen County High School Head Baseball Coach Shane Tirey said the win is a source of pride for him and the team.
“It is hard to put into words how proud I am of these guys,” Tirey said. “They are a great group of young men and a pleasure to coach each and every day.”
The last time the Rebels won the eighth region, they advanced to the quarterfinals of the state tournament where they lost to Owensboro Catholic 6-4 in eight innings.
The win over Trimble County Saturday was the fifth-straight victory for Owen County.
The Rebels were back in action Tuesday when they traveled to take on Carroll County.
They will then host Eminence on Thursday before hosting the Owen County Invitational on Saturday and Monday.
The Rebels will play Trimble County and Pendleton County on Saturday before taking on Bellevue on Monday.
Owen County will also host Gallatin County on Tuesday night.