A taste of victory
You can’t win them all, and some teams can’t win any of them. But no team deserves to lose them all, at least not any team that puts forth an honest effort. That’s why it was so good to see the Casey County baseball team finally get into the win column last week, then make a return visit on Tuesday.
The Rebels had come close to winning several times but lost their first 23 games before beating Adair County 11-10 on Saturday. Four days later, they beat Burgin 7-4. (Both teams beat Casey early in the season.)
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The area’s other Rebels have visited the win column much more frequently than many expected, and Boyle County has been rewarded for the second time this season with a spot in the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association poll.
Boyle, which entered its season finale Thursday at Rockcastle County with a 16-game winning streak and the 12th Region’s best record at 23-6, returned to the poll released Thursday at No. 22 and is one of only two 12th Region teams ranked.
The other is Danville, which has been in the poll virtually all season and in the top 25 for most of it. The Admirals fell from No. 8 to No. 12 this week.
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We haven’t kept the same close watch on the statewide softball poll as on the baseball rankings, primarily because it’s hard for a local team to come close to getting ranked.
But in the most recent poll released Tuesday, Garrard County is the next team on the list just below the top 25. The Lady Lions, who have the 12th Region’s best record at 20-5, are on deck, if you will, as the leaders among others receiving votes.
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Track and field’s regular season wraps up this week, and the final meet for most area teams will be tonight’s Central Kentucky Conference Championships at Boyle County. It’s a stern test for even the best of the locals, with schools like West Jessamine and Henry Clay filling out the field.
It’s the signature event for the oldest athletic conference in the state, which was once a big deal in several sports but now exists only for track and cross country. The competition begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Boyle County track.