Sophomore Kyle Kelsey came on to pitch the seventh for Madison Central. He got two quick outs before Malik Wilson walked and Johnson McKenzie got an infield hit. Kelsey wasn't rattled, though. He struck out Scott County's lead-off man Cam Hill on three change-ups. Kelsey said he was plenty motivated to pitch well. He started and lost against Scott County in the first round of the region tournament last year. "I was pretty mad from what happened last time, and I wanted a little vengeance," he said. Roof had faith in Kelsey. "We knew he wouldn't be afraid," Roof said. "He's such a competitor. He loves being in that situation." Holbrook pitched the first six innings for Madison Central. He scattered five hits and struck out four. Matt Gregory worked five strong innings for Scott County. He gave up only four hits, but the Indians got two unearned runs in the fifth on a walk, a single, an error, a wild pitch and a passed ball. Willard admitted his team was in a tough spot when play resumed. "It was a tough decision not to walk (Mullins), but I thought Chase might be able to get us a strikeout," he said. "It's one of those times where you roll the dice." Willard wasn't surprised his Cards tried to rally with two outs in the seventh. "That's the mode of operation for this team," he said. "They never quit." Roof knows Madison Central is an underdog to Tates Creek, but he's sure his players crave the challenge. "This is a really relaxed, fun group," he said. "We'll have fun, play hard and see what happens."
Scott Co. 010 100 0—2 6 2
Madison Central 000 021 x— 3 4 1
Matt Gregory, Chase Martin (6) and Matt Malesick. Joe Holbrook, Kyle Kesley and Cory Mullins. 2B--Chase Martin (SC), Tanner Blankenship (SC).
Records—Scott County 25-10; Madison Central 29-8