The LaRue County Hawks Baseball Team suffered two losses in their first two games of the season to the Nelson County Cardinals on March 22 (8-7) and the Elizabethtown Panthers March 24 (4-0).
Head Coach Chris Price was not pleased with his team’s play.
“We had a terrible game especially defensively,” said Price. “Number 1 on my priority list is to get better defensively. It doesn’t matter how good your pitching is or how good you hit it if you don’t play solid defense. We’ve been preaching that to this team since day one. Now I think they know how important it is.”
The Hawks offense was punchless as they only had three base runners on two hits and a walk. The Hawks had four starters, Kyle Sheeran, Kyle Meredith, Jesse Johnson and Steve Carpenter, suspended for two games due to violation of team rules in the off-season and did not play.
The only Hawks to reach base were Slade Owens with a walk in the first, a single by Cody Williams in the fifth and a single by Cody Waters in the sixth. Elizabethtown scored single runs in the first and sixth innings and two runs in the fifth. Only two of the four runs were earned as the Hawks committed five errors for the game. The Panthers’ Logan Hartlage held the Hawks hitless until the fifth inning when Williams singled. For the game, Hartlage pitched five innings, giving up one hit, walking one, striking out six. Garrett Morgan pitched the sixth inning for the Panthers, giving up one hit and Cory Farrow pitched a perfect seventh. Slade Owens pitched five innings for the Hawks, giving up seven hits and two earned runs, striking out three. Trevor Skaggs pitched the sixth and seventh innings, giving up two hits and no earned runs, striking out two.
“It will be nice to get our regular line-up back on Friday,” said Price. “I am proud of the young kids that had to step up and play varsity the first two games. They played really hard and it will be valuable experience for them down the road.”
Nelson nudges by 1
Nelson County erased a 5-1 LaRue lead by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie it up. Then, after Cardinal pitching surrendered a pair of Hawk runs in the top of the seventh, Nelson rallied back with three in the bottom half, with Jacob Bowling driving in the winning run with no outs.
Owens was the only Hawk to record multiple hits, going two-for-four with two runs scored and one RBI.
The Hawks next home game is March 30 against Hart County and on March 31, they play at John Hardin. The Hawks travel the following week to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida over spring break.