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Mustangs 7th Inning Rally Falls One Run Short
By West Kentucky Star Staff
LEXINGTON - The McCracken County Mustangs quest for an appearance in the Kentucky Baseball State Championship game fell one run short Friday night, as the Ft. Thomas Highlands Bluebirds claimed a 4-3 victory at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The Mustangs continued to put runners on base throughout the game, as they had in the previous State Tournament games, except this time, they could not get them across the plate. 

McCracken started the game with two on and nobody out, but were unable to score, as the Bluebirds took advantage of a base running mistake. Highlands then put two runs on the board and seemed to have momentum in their favor.

The Mustangs tied the game in the top of the fourth, but the Bluebirds would add two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Again, it seemed Ft. Thomas Highlands was controlling the momentum of the game.

It would remain 4-2 until the top of the seventh inning when Kentucky Mr. Baseball and Baltimore Orioles draftee, Drew Rom, was lifted due to the pitch limit, and it looked like the Mustangs were on their way to yet another comeback win. Rook Ellington had doubled off of Rom, and would eventually score on an RBI single by James Michael Dodd. McCracken had two more base runners aboard which put the go ahead run at first. However two infield pop-ups would end the game, and also the dream for the Mustangs, falling one run short, 4-3.

The Mustangs wrap up the season with a record of 34-9, while the Bluebirds improve to 29-13 and will advance to play Louisville St. Xavier, the nations number eight ranked team, on Saturday for the Kentucky State Baseball Championship.

Published 02:39 AM, Saturday Jun. 16, 2018
Updated 06:33 AM, Monday Jun. 25, 2018

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