Devin Ecklar started for the Indians. He went five innings and allowed four runs (two earned), four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Lucas Myers took the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits in 2/3rds of an inning. James Goble pitched the final 1 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs (both unearned) on two hits. Central took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Thomason and Simmons singled and scored on a two-run double by Ben Snapp. Pinch-runner Jacob Ferris scored on a balk. Bowling Green got a run in the third, then tied the game in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs.
Central went back in front in the bottom of the fourth. Bryce Travis and Jesse Cox walked. Tyler Storie put down a sacrifice bunt and Trey Eden delivered a sacrifice fly, Thomason added an RBI single that put the Indians on top 5-3. Things fell apart for Central in the top of the sixth. Trevor Dennis doubled to lead off the inning. Evan Spader singled and Geoffrey Ross walked. Bo Morton added an RBI single and Eli Burwash reached on an error. Eli Thurman capped the rally with a two-run single.
In the bottom of the inning, Simmons was hit by a pitch and Snapp doubled to left. Jeremy Cox walked to load the bases and Travis walked to force in a run.
But, Matt McQuain struck out to end the inning.
Ben Ginter started for Bowling Green and went three innings, allowing five hits and five runs (four earned). Charlie Key pitched 2 1/3 innings and Dennis pitched the final 1 2/3 innings. Simmons, Snapp and Thomason each had two hits for the Indians.
The Purples move on to the quarterfinals and will face McCracken County today in Lexington. Ricky Elkins, Richmond Register 6/9/18