By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
BUCKNER—In a thrilling battle between two exceptional teams, the North Laurel Senior All-Stars captured the state title with a 1-0 win over Richmond Wednesday night at Oldham County High School.
The lone run came in the first inning as Austin Rudder lead off the game by getting hit by a pitch and scored the on a Ray Hays base hit. Dylan Messer had a double and single.
Hays not only drove in the winning run, he also threw a complete game for the shutout, allowing five hits and struck out five.
For Richmond, Easten Shouse had two hits. Zachary McPeek had a double. Ashton Scott allow just three hits and getting three strikeouts in taking the loss.
Members of the North Laurel All-Stars are: Austin Rudder, Trey Feltner, Dylan Messer, Ray Hays,Jake McWhorter, Braxston Hicks, Braden Houston, Drew Allen, Tori Bowling, Ryan Abner and Steven Nelson, Manager Bill Abner and Coach Kevin Houston.
See Monday’s paper for a full story on the game.