By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune Sports Journalist
Jackson Roseburrough, one of four seniors on the Beechwood baseball team’s starting roster, continued his senior season in the first round of the state tournament Thursday at the University of Kentucky.
Late in the eighth inning, Roseburrough’s singles line to left field scored the winning run in Beechwood’s 7-6 win over Owensboro Catholic. The Tigers (29-6) advance to the quarterfinals and face Russell County (29-6) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Beechwood took a 6-3 lead on a brace from senior Tanner Jackson late in the fifth inning, but Owensboro Catholic scored three runs with two outs in the top of the sixth to tie the game.
Owensboro Catholic relief pitcher Luke Scales retired the Tigers in order over the next two innings, but the Aces were unable to get a hit against Beechwood reliever Torin O’Shea, in the seventh and eighth innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, Beechwood junior Ben Meier led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Scales. After senior Sam Cottengim walked a walk, Roseburrough singled over the shortstop’s head and Meier ran home to score the winning run.
Roseburrough also had a big hit in the 9th Region Championship game against St. Henry on Sunday. With the Tigers leading 3-1 in the top of the fourth, he homered three-run off the left-field foul post to give his team a lead they wouldn’t give up.
Beechwood scored seven runs on nine hits in Thursday’s win. Junior receiver Brice Estep went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Roseburrough had two hits and two of his senior teammates – Jackson and Brett Holladay – each had a double.
Owensboro Catholic got six of his nine hits from Beechwood starting pitcher Mitchell Berger. He was replaced by Sam Stacy, who allowed three runs on three hits in the sixth inning. O’Shea picked up the win after allowing no hits in 2.1 innings.
Campbell County (23-10) will face Johnson Central (16-21) in the final first round game of the state baseball tournament at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the UK.
Season ends for local tennis players in state tournament semifinals
The Northern Kentucky high school tennis players were 0-3 in state semifinal matches Thursday morning at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Lexington.
Covington’s Latin junior Sara Watanabe, the women’s singles top seed, was upset by Louisville Sacred Heart sophomore Lilah Jane Shallcross. After each player won a set, Shallcross edged past Watanabe, 10-7, in the tiebreaker.
This is the second year in a row that Watanabe has lost a semi-final match in a tiebreaker.
Shallcross lost to Sacred Heart teammate Ellie Hammond, 6-0, 7-5, in the championship final.
In the boys’ singles semifinals, Covington Catholic sophomore Brad Hussey lost to Lexington Henry Clay junior Evan Duggall 6-3. 6-3. Hussey was the No. 2 seed in the group. Duggall, the No. 4 seed, lost a close game to Louisville St. Xavier’s top seed Eli Stephenson, 7-6, 7-5, in the final.
CovCath doubles partners Jackson Poulos and Alex Yeager lost to Louisville St. Xavier’s top seeds and future state champions Tyler Bush and Tyler Scanlon 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals.