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The LaRue County Hawks got off to a slow start, but once they warmed up, the Caverna Colonels couldn’t stop them.
The Hawks collected 19 hits, including six for extra bases, on their way to a 20-1 pounding of the visiting Colonels on March 25 in an 18th District game.
Caverna took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first before LaRue County tied it in the bottom half of the inning. The Hawks erupted for eight runs in the second and 11 more in the third.
Sophomore Chandler Lynn was 3-for-3 with a double and four runs, while junior Koy Lindsey, freshman Cameron Dawson and eighth-grader Jaxon Boley each went 3-for-4. Dawson had a double, triple, three runs and two RBIs and Lindsey had a double and three RBIs.
Freshman Matheo Lynn collected two hits, including a triple, and had two RBIs, while eighth-grader Brandon Cecil had two hits, including a double, and two runs. Sophomore Colby Skaggs and senior Kody Key-Close each scored three times and drove in three runs.
Sophomore Dalton Metcalf, who picked up the win, allowed two hits, one walk and one unearned run. He struck out seven.
Blanked by E’town
The Hawks couldn’t get their momentum back and fell 8-0 Thursday to the Elizabethtown Panthers.
Dawson had two singles for the Hawks, who had scored a combined 49 runs in their previous two games. Eighth-grader Brandon Cecil, Lindsey and Skaggs each had one hit.
Fall to North
The Hawks fell 9-1 Friday to the North Hardin Trojans at James R. Aldridge Field.
The Hawks made five errors, which led to four unearned runs, and they also walked seven and hit two batters.
“We just ran into a good base-running team that executes well,” LaRue County coach Eric Allen said. “They capitalized on our mistakes. What we have to understand is those little mistakes can lead to big things.”
After LaRue County pulled within 3-1 in the fourth, North Hardin blew the game open in the sixth despite not getting a hit. In fact, the ball never left the infield. The Trojans used five walks, three sacrifice bunts and two LaRue County errors to score six runs.
The Hawks collected five hits – one more than North Hardin. Lindsey smacked a double, while Key-Close, junior Turner Cottrell, Lynn and Dawson each had a single. But they stranded six runners and had one picked off.
“What’s really disheartening is we outhit them and get beat by eight runs,” Allen said. “That usually doesn’t happen. We had some good swings. I’m disappointed with the way we competed at the plate. We are still letting way too many good pitches go by. We have a lack of aggressiveness. We have to get better on that moving forward.”
LaRue County plays Warren East at 5 p.m. and Lexington Paul Laurence Dunbar at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Bowling Green/Warren County Invitational at Warren East.