Beechwood 6 Ludlow 5 (All A 9th Region Final)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFauxTiger View Post
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    He had a no hitter with 8ks through 4, and a shutout through 5. That's dominant in my book. He and Stringer gonna have to learn to hit the duece, that are lucky to see one FB per at bat.
    The strike zone hurt Combs the most. The pitch that Eads was getting was way in on Combs for a strike each time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    Kevin Gray is one of the finest coaches in the area and does more with less than anyone. Congrats to Beechwood on the win.
    Coach Gray is outstanding... But as I mentioned earlier...he has 4 players that are way more talented than many people in this region realize. I think some people saw that tonight for sure....
    The bummer for Ludlow is that 2 of those kids are seniors...
    Only Slone and Eads will be back next season.
    That being said, Coach Gray will for sure have developed more young talent that will contribute more next season and beyond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by footmaster View Post
    Coach Gray is outstanding... But as I mentioned earlier...he has 4 players that are way more talented than many people in this region realize. I think some people saw that tonight for sure....
    The bummer for Ludlow is that 2 of those kids are seniors...
    Only Slone and Eads will be back next season.
    That being said, Coach Gray will for sure have developed more young talent that will contribute more next season and beyond.
    While some coaches lose WITH talent no coaches win WITHOUT talent.

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    Very proud of the Panthers. I was apart of probably the biggest baseball win ever at Ludlow when we beat CovCath in the first round of the district and then won the district championship. As big as that win was, this win would have been even better and would have been the new best baseball win in Ludlow history and I would have loved to seen it happen. I know many of the kids on the team and coached some of them for over six years. So I would have been thrilled for them and i still am very proud of them even in defeat. People now see that you all can play with anyone.

    As I said earlier in the year Coach Gray has done a great job with this program. This team has a chance to compete for Ludlow's second district championship and hopefully make some noise in the region. Very excited for the Ludlow baseball program!

    Also congrats to Beechwood on the win, go win it all now and represent the ninth.

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    Donnie Bankamper real name is Ryan Bankemper* and he has been the 2 thus far for the beechies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juneball1 View Post
    Didn't Beechwood just play in the Super Preps? They most likely saw velocities in the mid 80's or better and then see 50's, they are lucky they had grounders and not k's
    Eads threw in the high 60's low 70's all game. It was not that big of a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cord of Wood View Post
    The strike zone hurt Combs the most. The pitch that Eads was getting was way in on Combs for a strike each time.
    IMO Combs got a lot more calls than Eads, especially late in the game. The zone was about even for each team, even though combs may have gotten a few of the lower pitches called for strikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantherfan#2 View Post
    Eads threw in the high 60's low 70's all game. It was not that big of a difference.
    The two studs they saw were sitting low 90s.

    THAT is a difference.

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    Ludlow is tough they are a good fundamentally sound baseball team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    The two studs they saw were sitting low 90s.

    THAT is a difference.
    Which is exactly why you throw a different style of pitcher. All part of baseball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uselessinfo View Post
    Which is exactly why you throw a different style of pitcher. All part of baseball.
    Are you saying if Coach Gray had a stud throwing 90 he wouldn't have thrown him because BW just saw a pitcher like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    Are you saying if Coach Gray had a stud throwing 90 he wouldn't have thrown him because BW just saw a pitcher like that?
    Of course not and he does not so I really do not deal in the hypothetical only the facts. Sometimes throwing a guy who mixes pitches well is your best bet when going against a great fastball hitting team. At the high school level if you have a guy that throws 90 that is way too much for most of the areas high school hitters to do much with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    Are you saying if Coach Gray had a stud throwing 90 he wouldn't have thrown him because BW just saw a pitcher like that?
    I'll say this... And I've seen all of Ludlow's top pitchers the last few seasons...

    They have Lyons who I'm gonna guess tops out at 85-86 mph.
    They have Slone who probably tops out at 78-81 mph...

    And Eads prob tops out around 73 mph.

    I have seen the gun on all three players in the past, but not in recent weeks.

    That being said, Slone pitched the night before against St. Henry and Lyons through a complete game shut-out vs Holy Cross a couple days before that.

    So, not only was Eads due up in rotation, but he was the best match up IMO... Because it is harder for all good hitters these days to hit off speed and breaking stuff... And TC can throw knuckle balls for strikes, curves, change ups and moving (although not blazing) fast balls.

    A straight fast ball sitting 78 - 85 mph is batting practice for Combs and company just as it is for Ludlow's better hitters.

    Coach Gray made a great move there... I wasn't at the game, but heard that it was basically Ludlow's game just needing 2 outs before the wheels came off.

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    We did make some mistakes late in the game but you really have to give Beechwood credit. We opened the door and they kicked it in. Their 8 and 9 batters came up with big hits in the top of the 7th to get the rally going. Then the top of their lineup came through and found a way to win. TC Eads is small in stature but he battles and gives you everything he has. He did a great job mixing up pitches and trying to keep Beechwood off balance. We gave it all we had and came up a little short. I am proud of our kids effort and attitudes. They really work hard to get improve each day. It was definitely a tough loss and something they will remember the rest of their lives. Beechwood players and coaches couldnt have been more gracious after the game. Very classy! The Panther baseball team will be rooting hard for them to bring the hardware back to NKY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantherfan#2 View Post
    Eads threw in the high 60's low 70's all game. It was not that big of a difference.
    No he wasn't. And if you don't think there is a huge difference between the 90s BW saw over the weekend and what was being thrown up there in this one, you go stand in the box and face both. That's brilliant coaching, and exactly what I would do against that team. Velocity is irrelevant on the top end, many of those BW hitters see upper 80s low 90s all summer. They don't see high 50s and low 60s. Hard enough to hit it, add in the ump calling the strikes 5 inches off the plate and it worked great.

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