Baseball: Hawks win three at Florida Beach Bash

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Landmark News Service

The LaRue County High School Hawks went 3-2 in last week’s Florida Beach Bash at Fort Walton Beach.
Coach Chris Price said his defense has been “very inconsistent to this point but is definitely showing improvement.”
“Losing two pitchers who were starters on the mound last year has been tough to get used to but several guys have stepped up and shown potential. Wesley Kessinger, Trevor Skaggs and Cody Williams have filled in very well for us.”
“Losing Jesse Johnson for the rest of the year and Kyle Sheeran for a couple of weeks could have been totally devastating but the progress those three guys have shown has lessened the blow.”
The Hawks held Warren Central to five hits April 5, but still lost 9-3. LaRue tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth but Warren Central scored once in the bottom of the inning and five times in the sixth to put the game away.
Kessinger took the loss, allowing four hits, four earned runs and four walks in five innings. He struck out five.
Junior Slade Owens had a double and a single, while junior Kyle Meredith had two singles.
“Beating Lexington Christian was definitely the highlight of the trip,” said Price. “They are a top-10 program in the state. We played our most complete game to beat them. Great defense, terrific pitching, timely hitting and smart aggressive base-running.”
The Hawks upset No. 19 Lexington Christian, 6-2, April 4.
Junior Slade Owens scattered six hits and two earned runs while striking out two as LaRue County knocked off Lexington Christian, which fell to 1-7 in its last eight games.
Junior Jesse Johnson went 2-for-3, while Owens, Meredith and Kessinger each singled and drove in a run.
LaRue lost to Glasgow, 6-1 April 3.
Glasgow built a 4-0 lead after the first inning.
Meredith went 1-for-3 with a double, while Sheeran was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Sophomore Cole Hughes took the loss, allowing four earned run, four hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three.
Johnson and Hughes each had a single and two RBIs April 6 and the Hawks scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth en route to the victory.
Meredith had two singles, two runs and two stolen bases for LaRue County.
Hughes struck out three, walked five and gave up six hits and three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Meredith had two triples, two RBIs and a run as the Hawks (7-4) won their second straight game in the Florida Beach Bash April 7.
Johnson and Owens each singled, doubled and scored a run, while Kessinger had two singles, two runs and an RBI.
Owens (3-2) had his third straight solid outing for LaRue County. He struck out four and allowed six hits, one earned run and one walk in seven innings.
“Our coaching staff is really encouraged by what we saw in Florida,” said Price. “We are getting better and are showing the potential to get much better. It’s going to be tough without Jesse on the mound, at second base and in the hitting lineup but Kyle Sheeran should be back full strength soon and we expect several guys to step up in Jesse’s absence.”
Editor Linda Ireland contributed to this story.