CHAMPS: Carroll County baseball won the All “A” Classic Eighth Region tourney Saturday 7-5 at Walton-Verona. The Panthers include (from left): front — Zakk Hicks, Jace Walls, Alex Burns, batboy Coy Willhoite, Austin Crowell, Seth Hicks, Boo Donahue and head coach Jimmy Ray; back row — assistant coach Mike Willhoite, Stephen Fornash, John Michael Adams, Will Wallace, Austin Dunn, Keifer McIntyre, Taylor Hill, Jacob Wise, Evan McMahan, Justin Ray, Clayton Mitchell and assistant coach Brian Crank. (Submitted photos)
CHAMPS: Carroll County baseball won the All “A” Classic Eighth Region tourney Saturday 7-5 at Walton-Verona. The Panthers include (from left): front — Zakk Hicks, Jace Walls, Alex Burns, batboy Coy Willhoite, Austin Crowell, Seth Hicks, Boo Donahue and head coach Jimmy Ray; back row — assistant coach Mike Willhoite, Stephen Fornash, John Michael Adams, Will Wallace, Austin Dunn, Keifer McIntyre, Taylor Hill, Jacob Wise, Evan McMahan, Justin Ray, Clayton Mitchell and assistant coach Brian Crank. (Submitted photos)
Carroll County saved its heroics for the championship game, coming from behind in the final three innings to defeat Walton-Verona 7-5 for the All "A" Classic Eighth Region baseball championship on Saturday in Walton.

Walton-Verona controlled for the first four innings, scoring four runs in the bottom of the second and one in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-0 lead heading into the fifth frame before Carroll's rally took off.

The Panthers trimmed the deficit to two by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth and seized a 6-5 lead after scoring three more in the top of the sixth.

Carroll added an insurance run in the top of the seventh that made it 7-5. Walton had one final chance in the bottom of the inning but was quickly mowed down by Panther relief pitcher Zakk Hicks who preserved the two-run victory.

Seth Hicks, batting fifth, produced big on offense and was 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead Carroll's 13 hit attack.

Justin Ray, Boo Donahue and Zakk Hicks had two hits each. Donahue had two RBIs, Ray drove in one run and Austin Dunn scored two runs.

Zakk Hicks pitched three and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball in relief to pick up the win. Hicks gave up just three hits and walked only one while striking out five.

Starter John Michael Adams worked game's first three and one-third innings and gave up five runs - three earned - on seven hits while walking two and striking out three.

Carroll scored quick and often in its semifinal game earlier in the day to roll over Williamstown 11-1 in five innings.

After Williamstown pushed across an unearned run in the top of the first, the Panthers scored three runs each the first, third and fourth innings for a 9-1 cushion. Carroll tacked on another two in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.

Carroll blasted 15 hits in the semifinal with Justin Ray leading the attack by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Dunn, Keifer McIntyre, Seth Hicks, Will Wallace and Zakk Hicks had two hits each. Seth Hicks had a team-high three RBIs while Adams and Wallace had two RBIs wach.

Dunn, McIntyre and Seth Hicks added two runs each.

Austin Crowell and Seth Hicks combined to throw a one-hitter against the Demons. Crowell got the start and the win on three innings of work that saw him give up just the unearned run on one hit while walking two and striking out six. Hicks was perfect the final two innings, striking out two.

Walton-Verona defeated Trimble County 8-6 earlier in the day to reach the championship against Carroll.

Zakk Hicks was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Dunn, Ray and Seth Hicks were also named to the all-tournament team.

Carroll County now advances to the All "A" Classic State Finals which will be played May 3-4 at Whitaker Bank Park in Lexington. The Panthers will face the Region 7 winner at noon on May 3.

Carroll County (8-5) hosts Spencer County today.

Madison swept in HHC DH with O's, Highlanders

Madison baseball dropped a doubleheader to a pair of Hoosier Hills Conference opponents on Saturday at Gary O'Neal Field.

In game one, Columbus East tossed a one-hitter en route to a 12-0 win over the Cubs.

Tucker Callis had the lone hit for Madison.

Madison was able to hit the ball better in game two but fell 16-9 to Floyd Central.

Madison (2-2) hosts HHC opponent New Albany on Tuesday.