Junior Cole Hughes threw a two-hitter to lead the LaRue County Hawks to a 3-1 win over host Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) on Wednesday in the Florida Beach Bash.
Hughes (4-0) struck out eight while allowing one unearned run, two walks and two singles.
“It was a great outing,” said LaRue County coach Chris Price. “He’s been that solid all year; he just hasn’t thrown against a very good team until tonight. It was good to see.”
The Hawks (10-3) scored all their runs in the top of the second on two wild pitches and a squeeze play.
Senior Slade Owens gained first when he was hit by a pitch and advanced to second when the catcher fumbled the ball. He advanced to third on a bunt by senior Wesley Kessinger.
Kessinger stole second, advanced to third on the throw and scored on David Masure’s sacrifice bunt; senior Trevor Skaggs walked and later scored on a wild pitch.
Fort Walton’s only score came in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Sophomore Austin McDowell and Hughes each had a single.
Louisville Holy Cross
On April 12, the Hawks beat Louisville Holy Cross, 14-3 in five innings before getting mercy-ruled by Choctawhatchee (Fla.), 12-0 in five innings in the Florida Beach Bash.
Owens had two doubles, three RBIs and two runs to lead LaRue County past Holy Cross. Johnson singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice, while senior Steven Carpenter had two singles, three stolen bases, four runs scored and an RBI.
Kessinger (2-1) got the win. He struck out four while allowing four hits and three runs – two earned – in four innings.
Price called Choctaw one of the best teams he’s ever seen.
Choctaw led 11-0 after three innings en route to handing LaRue County its worst loss of the season. The Hawks have been shut out once this season, but they haven’t been mercy-ruled since a 14-0 setback to 5th Region rival Elizabethtown on May 12, 2009.
Owens and Johnson each had a single for LaRue County, which was held to two hits and committed four errors.
Owens had three singles, a double, four RBIs and a run to lead the Hawks over Spencer County, 17-1, in the Florida Beach Bash.
Johnson hit a two-run homer, singled twice, drove in three runs and scored three times, while senior Kyle Sheeran had three singles, a double, one RBI, five runs and two stolen bases.
Owens (4-0) got the win. He struck out three, while allowing six hits, one earned run and one walk in seven innings.
Johnson threw a one-hitter to lead the visiting Hawks past Caverna 11-0 Monday. He struck out nine and walked two.
He had a single, double, a run and two RBIs while Hughes had three singles, two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base.
Kessinger added a single, double and three RBIs.