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Baseball - Mustangs rout Camels, 14-3 in 5 innings to start state tourney
6/12/2018 10:15 AM

LEXINGTON – As the saying goes, it’s the blondes who have all the fun.

Before its first game in the KHSAA state baseball tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, several of McCracken County’s players – and even a couple of coaches – decided to dye their hair blonde.

It worked.

The Mustangs, cool and collected, dispatched Campbell County, 14-3 in five innings to advance to a second-round matchup against either Madison Central or Bowling Green on Saturday night at 8:30 Eastern.

“We all just decided to come up with it as a team,” right-handed pitcher Jacob Ehling said. “We all did it. I thought we weren’t going to do it, but we ended up doing it.”

Rook Ellington, one of the players whose hair was significantly lighter than it was before the tournament, was 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs for the Mustangs (33-8).

But it was Cameron Langston, whose two-run double in the top of the first inning kick-started McCracken County’s onslaught.

The Mustangs, after scoring three times in the first inning, kept rolling. They added four runs each in the second and third, before scoring three more in the fourth.

Dylan Schneider hit a solo home run to right field on the first pitch of the fourth inning, making it 12-0.

“We’ve been here so many times that we just wanted to do well,” Langston said. “We came out with a lot of fire and energy, and we just put it on them and did our jobs.”

That run support buoyed Ehling’s confidence. He went four innings, giving up three earned runs – his only blemish of the night, in a rocky bottom of the fourth – on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking none.

“I knew these guys would back me up,” Ehling said. “I knew they would come through for me.”

Brandon Dodd threw a perfect fifth inning, striking out one.

McCracken County coach Geno Miller said Ehling’s start and the brief outing from Dodd helped keep the rest of the bullpen fresh for the remainder of the tournament.

“For us to be able to save all of our arms, because Brandon will be eligible tomorrow as well, that was huge,” Miller said.

Brady Brooks was 2-for-3 for the Camels (21-12).

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McCracken County 344 30 14 13 2

Campbell County 000 30 3 7 1

Ehling, B. Dodd and J.M. Dodd; Werrmann, Oherle (2), Peters (3), Hoeh (5) and Schnitzler.

WP: Ehling (9-1). LP: Werrmann (7-2).

2B: MC- Ellington, Langston, Waldon; CC- Brooks. 3B: none. HR: MC- Langston. Top hitters: MC- Ellington 3-4, Wheat 2-3, Langston 2-2, Dismore 2-3, Waldon 2-2; CC- Brooks 2-3. Time: 1:57. Records: MC: 33-8; CC: 21-12.

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