Baseball 40th district title game delayed in 5th, tied 2-2

PARIS — The 2017 40th District Tournament champion will have to wait at least one more day to be crowned.

The George Rogers Clark High School baseball team had battled tournament-host Bourbon County to a 2-2 tie when lightning and rain delayed things in the fifth inning.

Officials decided to suspend the game with hopes to finish the contest today. Rain is expect throughout the week, so an alternate venue may be needed.

The Colonels snagged an early lead thanks to a walk, stolen base and RBI single to left in the top of the first inning.

The Cardinals answered in the bottom of the inning when Cameron Dove walked, stole second and scored on a single by Tyler Walton.

GRC took the lead in the following inning when Bo Billings led off with a walk and advanced on a wild pitch. He reached third thanks to a Dakota Puckett infield hit and scored when Jaxson Davis grounded out.

The Colonels tied the game in the top of the fourth inning. The Cardinals got a pair of quick outs but Bourbon scored thanks to an error and back-to-back singles.

Jake Ware is due up in the bottom of the fifth when play resumes.

Alex Back pitched all five innings for the Cardinals. He surrendered two earned runs on three hits and four walks. He struck out three.

Both teams have already qualified for the 10th Region Tournament is set to begin next week. The 40th District title and seeding in the region tournament are on the line.

40th District Softball

Bourbon County already has one district tournament title. The Colonels defeated Montgomery County in the softball tournament championship game Tuesday in Winchester.

Bourbon defeated the Indians, 13-3, in five innings to win its first district title since 2014.