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By reaching the 31st District championship game May 23, the Owen County High School baseball team assured a third-straight trip to the Eighth Region baseball tournament.
They were also hoping for something a little more as well.
The Rebels began the tournament May 19 in New Castle and needed two wins to reach the championship game.
The defending district champs played like it on the first two nights as they knocked off Eminence 10-0 in the first round and Gallatin County High School 5-0 in the semifinals.
Carroll County High School advanced to the title game by defeating Henry County High School 6-2 in the semifinals.
The championship game was scheduled for May 21 but had to be pushed back until May 23 due to inclement weather and wet fields. A beautiful evening led to a competitive, hard-fought contest.
The Panthers had defeated the Rebels in their first two meetings this year.
Carroll County won 8-4 in Walton-Verona in the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic and again 9-6 in Owenton.
Both teams would again have no problems putting runs on the scoreboard. It would, however, be the Panthers scoring two more than the Rebels in the 9-7 victory.
For Carroll County, it was their first district title since 2010 when they defeated Henry County 5-3 at Owen County.
The win also means the Panthers will be making their first trip to the Eighth Region tournament since 2010.
The Rebels were scheduled to play Simon Kenton in the opening round of the 8th Region tournament on Monday at Henry County. The Pioneers won the 32nd District title without giving up a run. They knocked off Williamstown 10-0 in the semifinals before blanking Grant County 9-0 in the title game.
A win would advance them to the semifinals where they would play the winner of the Collins versus North Oldham game. The championship game is scheduled for tonight.
Owen County last won a game in the Eighth Region tournament back in 2007 when they knocked off Anderson County 5-1 in Lawrenceburg.
The Rebels have lost in the first round each of the last two seasons. They fell 11-4 to Spencer County last season and 2-1 to Anderson County in 2012.