The LaRue County Hawks participated in the Louisville Invitational Tournament last weekend at Pleasure Ridge Park, dropping both games to strong competition.
In the opener, the Hawks participated in a slugging lottery with Henry Clay only to fall 23-15.
LaRue’s Slade Owens was chalked with the loss from the mound but no one would have ever thought Henry Clay would scoot 23 runs across the plate.
“All hitting and no defense or pitching,” LaRue Coach Chris Price said.
Several LaRue players added to the high octane hitting. LaRue was led by Christian Seymour who went 3-5 at the plate and four steals. Jay Eastridge was 3-5 including two doubles. Owens and Jason Carlburg were 2-4, Lincoln Bingham was 2-2 with a strong double to the corner; Andrew Webb went 2-2.
In the second game, LaRue jumped out to an early 3-1 lead behind strong pitching from Seymour but then was capsized in the top of the seventh with an eight run inning that seized the victory for Lincoln County 9-4.
“I hated it for Christian,” Price said. “He threw a brilliant game with a pulled hamstring from the Henry Clay game. It was really a gutsy performance.”
Seymour led the Hawks in hitting going 2-4 at the plate with two stolen bases. Eastridge’s lone hit was a double that scored a run.
Lucas Chaudoin, Kyle Meredith and Jesse Johnson added singles and center fielder Kyle Sheeran notched two hits on three plate appearances.
Earlier in the week, LaRue captured wins over both Green and Hart counties before dropping to number one Pleasure Ridge Park on Thursday.
Seymour got the 12-5 win on the mound against Green.
The game was tied going into the top of the fifth when Green crossed the plate first with a run leading 1-0. It was the bottom of the fifth when LaRue turned it on, scoring nine runs and leading 9-1.
Green stepped to the plate in the top of the sixth and tried to play catch up scoring eight and then LaRue took their turn in the bottom of the sixth, scoring another three.
Justin Chelf, Lucas Chaudoin and Travis Crim each contributed a hit and stolen base. Seymour stroked a double in his only hit.
Eastridge was 2-4 at the plate leading the Hawks in hitting. Owens added a single.
Jedidiah Wolford reached first on a walk, added a base and scored.
It was another high scoring game against Hart as Lane Smith was credited with the win from the mound and had another high scoring effort aid in the victory 14-8.
LaRue jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the first before they exploded with eight runs in the third inning that helped cinch their win in this district matchup.
Eastridge led LaRue’s offense, going 3-4 at the plate with a stolen base. Crim split his hitting going 2-4.
Smith, Carlburg and Owens contributed singles.
LaRue had nine stolen bases including three from Caleb Cobb and then two from Chelf.
LaRue traveled to Louisville on Thursday to face No. 1 Pleasure Ridge Park and didn’t see the first run cross the plate in a 10-0 shutout. LaRue had two hits in the game but could never get going offensively or defensively.
“They’re a good team that does a lot of things right,” Price said. “We just couldn’t get things going.”