The LaRue County Hawks defeated Hart County 7-5 on May 7.
The homestanding Raiders made things interesting late against 18th District rival LaRue County, which built a 7-0 lead going to the bottom of the sixth.
The Raiders scored five runs in the inning against LaRue County eighth-grader Cameron Dawson, who gave up seven hits and five earned runs in six innings. Dawson struck out six before giving way to senior Cole Hughes, who struck out two in the seventh to earn the save.
Sophomore Koy Lindsey had a two-run single for the Hawks who won for the fourth time in six games. Senior Austin Hinton added two singles and two runs, while senior Matt Hornback had two singles and a run.
Too much Taylor
The Hawks fell 7-1 May 8 to Taylor County.
The visiting Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Cardinals erased the deficit with four runs in the bottom of the inning and pulled away for their fourth straight win.
LaRue County, which lost for the third time in five games, was held to five singles. Hughes had three of them and drove in his team’s only run.
Hughes also took the loss. He struck out seven, but gave up nine hits, four walks and three earned runs in five innings.
The homestanding Hawks were crushed May 9 by Central Hardin.
The top-ranked Bruins won 15-0, the fourth consecutive shutout. The Bruins have 15 shutouts this season, third most in KHSAA history in a season. They have allowed only 33 runs, the fewest of any team in the state this year.
They have won seven straight against LaRue County.
After scoring two runs in the first, the Bruins exploded for 13 runs in the second. They sent 17 batters to the plate, including 10 before the Hawks were able to record an out.
The Hawks played without several seniors because of a violation of school policy. Without the services of starters Matt Hornback, Caleb Canter and Kelton Ford, Allen had to juggle the lineup.
The lone bright spot for the Hawks was freshman Dalton Metcalf, who went 2-for-2.
Washington washed up
The Hawks defeated Washington County 6-4 Monday.
Senior Jordan McGaw struck out four, walked four and scattered five singles in his complete-win for the visiting Hawks.
Ford and Hornback had two hits each. Hornback scored twice and Ford drove in one.
LaRue struck out 10 times and left nine runners on base.