Senior pitcher Cole Metcalfe escaped a jam in the seventh inning and posted a complete-game victory for No. 8 Madison Central.
Metcalfe got a big assist from shortstop Trey Gross, who made a spectacular play to end the game. Scott County, down 3-0 going to its last at-bat, threatened to tie it. After back-to-back singles, Luke Easley doubled home pinch-runner Tanner Blankenship. After Metcalfe got a ground-out and a strikeout, Conner Showalter hit a grounder up the middle that Gross dived to smother. He got it, came up firing from behind second base and threw out Showalter. "I was just thinking hustle," Gross said. "I thought if I knocked it down I'd have a chance, so I came up firing." Gross also shone at the plate, going 2-for-2, stealing four bases and scoring a run." Trey Gross was phenomenal," Coach Steve Roof said. "But I thought it all started with Cole Metcalfe on the mound. He did a great job." Metcalfe struck out seven and walked three. Madison Central got two runs in the sixth, thanks to a single by Jimmy Wright and back-to-back doubles by Ben Fisher and Logan Hunt. Scott County senior lefty William Warman, who's headed to Morehead State, worked into the sixth. He had seven strikeouts. Mike Fields, Herald-Leader (5/29/12)