Covington Catholic takes No. 1 district playoff seed over Beechwood

FORT MITCHELL - The turfed yard in Fort Mitchell was dry and game-ready Thursday evening as the top-rated baseball teams in Northern Kentucky squared off for the No. 1 seed in the upcoming KHSAA playoffs.

Coming in Prep Baseball Report had Covington Catholic at No. 12 and host Beechwood at No. 16 in their state rankings. 

Leaving the field with a smile were the CovCath Colonels, who remain undefeated after holding off the Tigers in their hitter-friendly park, 4-3. 

Sam France led off the game with a home run and that would be enough to get starter Tyler Hutson through the early innings. Owen Nally plated another run in the third with two outs with a 350-foot single. At Beechwood, that's a drive to center.

Right fielder Ethan Reardon had the key knock of the game with a two-run dinger to left-center (300 at Beechwood) giving Hutson a 4-0 lead. The Colonels would need the runs as Beechwood plated three in the bottom of the sixth. Mitchell Berger had a run-scoring double, another run scored on an error and Jacob Norton delivered a two-out single to cut the lead to 4-3.

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