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Aggression and hot bats key to Hawks’ success

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LaRue has won seven straight district championships

By Mark Bandurske

The LaRue County baseball season went into full swing Tuesday with a win over district foe Caverna.

Head coach Chris Price said the Hawks have been working hard on their hitting and running. They hope to make a run on a district title and then have their sights on the regional prize.

“I feel our hitting is pretty good,” Coach Price said, “but we’re going to have to bring our pitching along a little.”

LaRue will be depending on Lane Smith, Scott Cox, Justin Chelf and Slade Owens to start the season in the rotation order respectively.

After winning seven district championships in a row, the Hawks will be utilizing a routine and depend on the fundamentals of baseball to carry them through the season.

“We love to run,” Price said, “and playing aggressive baseball will probably be our strong point this season.”

This ball club graduated eight seniors last year but is bringing back nine this year. Poised loaded with speed and good hitting, their leadership will be key to a Hawks’ successful year. Chelf will be playing second base and share in pitching responsibilities. Caleb Cobb will see some pitching this year and outfield.

Coach Price will be looking for Christian Seymour’s senior leadership as he will head up the outfield and playing center. Travis Crim and Smith will also aid in covering the green space.

Max McCubbin, will be gloving third; Jay Eastridge is on first. Eastridge’s role will be big this year in the Hawks defense.

Baseball seems to look to the shortstop as the leader, or captain of the team and the Hawks are no different. Tyler Hornback will be starting at short and accepting this role. Last but not least among the returning seniors, Scott Cox will take his turn on the mound Thursday against a very good John Hardin team.

LaRue travels to Marion County today. The grandstands at LaRue should be full Thursday when John Hardin visits and then finishing up the week Friday at North Hardin before leaving to play in Florida for seven days.

The Hawks defeated Caverna 11-1 in a game called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.