Beechwood 4 Montgomery County 3 (8 innings) (Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Semi-State #5)

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    Beechwood 4 Montgomery County 3 (8 innings) (Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Semi-State #5)

    Tigers win in 8 with winning run scored by Odom who singles with one out, steals 2nd and scores on Castleman's single to right through MC shift to 3 infielders/4 outfielders.
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    Carter Noah goes 7 for his 13th win of the season with Fr. Holladay getting the save by striking out 2 of 3 batters he faced in 8th. Game was a little surprising as BW was not their traditional fundamentally sound defense and less than stellar baserunning. It was a victory and they advance to Whitaker Bank Park. 38-1 is pretty impressive!

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    I was listening on Mixlr and it sounded like Beechwood took advantage of that shift defense several times toward the end of the game. Beechwood didn’t play their best game but survive and advance is the name of the game at this point. Great game both ways and great season to Montgomery County.

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    Love Mixlr! We are on vacation in Florida and totally enjoyed listening to the game! Way to go Tigers! Keep on pushing!

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    I watched the game on NFHS. Audio guys were much weaker than BW's Mixer broadcast. Never gave game summaries....hits, Ks, BBs, etc. Still don't know what Noah's pitching line was. Of note, according to KHSAA stat line Holladay's save was the 1st for BW this season. Really hard to believe. Wonder if this a stat BW coaches just decided not to deal with?

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    I would like someone to explain to me why the move to first by Montgomery County's left handed pitcher was not a balk. His step went towards home and he threw against his body to first.

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    Beechwood has not been in many close games for a save opportunity. If you look at stats on other teams there are not many saves in high school or not recorded anyway .

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    Quote Originally Posted by EyeOfTheTiger View Post
    I would like someone to explain to me why the move to first by Montgomery County's left handed pitcher was not a balk. His step went towards home and he threw against his body to first.
    That question was asked several times in the 10th region championship game. Still no answer seems like.

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    There were some really good games yesterday. Three games went into extra innings, including this one. Congrats to the Tigers on digging deep for the win. Carry that banner for N. Ky. and region 9 and get it done.

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    Did Montgomery County use the 4 man out field during the season or was that something the just used against Beechwood’?

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    I also posted this in the thread about Logan Castleman as Mr. Baseball candidate. What he did yesterday versus the Montgomery County shift was fantastic. As mentioned above and in the game thread, Montgomery County moved their second baseman to the outfield and played a 4 man outfield against Beechwood's top hitters, including Castleman. No problem for Logan Castleman.

    Castleman hit every ball right through that hole at second base. Unfortunately for him one hard hit line drive was caught in right center. He had two hits through the hole the defense gave him scoring the tieing run after one of the hits and driving in the winning run with the other hit. He was on base 4 of his 5 AB's (BB, HBP, 2 game changing singles through the shift). Masterful display of hitting by the best hitter in the state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EyeOfTheTiger View Post
    I would like someone to explain to me why the move to first by Montgomery County's left handed pitcher was not a balk. His step went towards home and he threw against his body to first.
    On the video the move was not clear. But many coaches teach that left handed pitcher to step only about 30% toward home and keep striding after ball released making the judgement call hard. Don’t know if this is what was questioned.

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