New format could make a difference at Baseball State Tournament
This year’s Kentucky Baseball State Tournament is set up a little differently than years past. The Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament will begin Thursday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Ky. First-round play will continue Friday and quarterfinals are set for Saturday. The semifinals and championship will be played the next weekend on June 17 and 18. In years past, the tournament was played all in one week.
Over at USA Today, Jason Frakes took a look at how this might impact the tournament. Spoiler: it might be really good for St. X.
This year’s change was a response to a proposal from Lawrence County coach Travis Feltner, who wanted Kentucky to go to a four-class system for baseball. The KHSAA nixed that idea, instead going to the two-week format.
Proponents of the change note that instead of needing three or four starting pitchers over a six-day event, teams now can rely on two ace pitchers and use both this weekend and next weekend if they advance to the semifinals.
How will this impact St. X?
And what of a team such as St. X, which features a pair of aces in seniors Adam Elliott and Daniel Fischer? Both are headed to the University of Louisville, and Tigers coach Andy Porta would like nothing more than to use those two – and only those two – on the mound during the entire state tournament.
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