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The Anderson County High School baseball team advanced to its third consecutive Eighth Region championship game with a 15-5 semi-final win in five innings over Oldham County on Wednesday night. The tournament is being played at Carroll County High School.
After enduring a 40-minute delay in the start of the game when the lights went out at Panther Field, The Bearcats scored two runs in the second inning then sent 12 men to the plate, scoring nine runs in the third inning to take an 11-0 lead.
Logan Woodside belted a home run to highlight the inning.
Oldham pulled within 11-5, but the Bearcats plated four in the bottom of the fifth to invoke the mercy rule.
Anderson, the two-time defending regional champion, took advantage of Oldham defensive lapses to score 15 runs on only 9 hits.
Kyle DeLong pitched a five-inning complete game for the win.
Anderson, now 20-12, will play arch-rival Shelby County (25-10) for the regional title on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Carroll County.
A preview of that game will appear online Thursday morning.
A complete report of the win over Oldham will appear in the June 9 edition of The Anderson News.
Grant ends Lady Cat dream
Grant County took advantage of five Anderson County errors and numerous other mental lapses to oust the Lady Bearcats, 6-5, in the Eighth Region softball semi-finals Wednesday, also at Carroll.
Anderson took an early 3-1 lead but Grant roared back, going up 6-3 on Morgan McClure's 3-run homer in the third.
It stayed that way until the seventh when Andrson scored twice and had the go-ahead run at the plate with one out, could not climb all the way out of the deep hole. Anderson ends its season at 22-11.
Grant, which improved to 25-12 and played near-flawless softball, moves on to play defending champion Shelby County for the regional title on Thursday.
A complete report will appear in the June 9 edition of The Anderson News.