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Admirals win All-A 12th Region title

Danville’s baseball team continues to climb.

The Admirals swept through their All-A 12th Region tournament games on Saturday in Somerset, allowing just two runs in two games.

Danville beat Somerset 5-1 in the first contest: Brady Morse started on the mound, giving up six hits across four innings while striking out five. He didn’t allow a run.

Ethan Wood finished the game, tossing three innings. He gave up three hits, three walks and one run while striking out seven.

At the plate, a home run from Preston Barnes was the longest of five total hits for the Admirals. Christian Howe was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, and Morse added another RBI.

Danville rolled Washington County 11-1 in game two in a balanced offensive performance.

Howe again had a 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs, all while earning the start (and win) on the mound. He pitched four innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out seven.

Brady Baxter pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.

Bryson Young (2-for-2, 2B, SB) was the only other player to have two hits for the Admirals against Washington County, but six other players recorded a hit: Hunter Baxter (1-for-2, R), Wood (1-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI); Morse (1-for-2, R, RBI), Cayden Shaver (1-for-4), Barnes (1-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB), and Jacob Crank (1-for-2, 2 R, 2 SB).

The two weekend victories vaulted Danville into Prep Baseball Report’s top five: The Admirals are ranked fourth with an 18-1 record. It’s the first time since a 12-0 start in 2007 that the Admirals are ranked in top five, according to head coach Paul Morse.

Danville’s schedule doesn’t ease up: The Admirals will play Boyle County on Tuesday (away) and Wednesday (home), then host Southwestern on Friday.

An away game at Henry Clay on Saturday could get rescheduled or dropped, as the Admirals will have to play 11th Region All-A champion Lexington Christian Academy in the All-A semi-state rounds.