Hawks take wins from Hart, Green, Marion

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Team plays at home Thursday night

By Lanny Vincent

The LaRue County Hawks varsity baseball team played three games last week winning all three and improving its record to 12-7. They beat the Hart County Raiders 6-2, the Green County Dragons 2-1 in eight innings and the Marion County Knights 8-1.

Saturday‘s game against John Hardin was halted in the second inning because of rain with the score tied 6-6. There are no plans to reschedule the game. 

Hart hammered

The Hawks defeated the Hart County Raiders for the second time in two weeks 6-2 April 19. The Hawks were led by a strong pitching performance by junior Slade Owens and the power hitting of Christian Mullins, who hit a solo home run.  Owens (5-2) pitched seven strong innings giving up only three hits and two earned runs while striking out six. Besides Mullins’ homer, Kyle Meredith had a double, a single and two RBIs; Kyle Sheeran doubled and tripled; and Matt Smith had a double to lead the Hawks offensively. 

“Hart County was a good win for us,” said Coach Chris Price. “Slade threw extremely well all seven innings. We were focused and didn’t overlook Hart County. Several games this year have taught us to respect every opponent.”

Green garroted

The Hawks continued their winning ways April 20 against the Green County Dragons with a 2-1 victory. With the score tied 0-0 in a tight pitchers’ duel, Jesse Johnson hit a two run homer in the top of the eighth inning to secure the victory. The Dragons made it close in the bottom of the eighth to score one run but the Hawks held on to win the closely matched contest. Coach Chris Price was very pleased with the win.

“This victory was a big win for us,” he said. “One mistake can determine the outcome in a game like that. Johnson’s two run bomb in the eighth was tremendous. A great game between two pretty evenly matched teams.”

Johnson pitched the entire game, giving up one earned run on six hits and striking out eight. The Hawks mustered four hits with Sheeran hitting a double and sophomore Steven Carpenter leading off the eighth with a single, scoring on Johnson’s homer. 

Marion mauled

Behind the pitching of Sheeran and two big offensive innings, the Hawks defeated the Marion County Knights April 23 in the first game of the LaRue County Invitational. “This was a very important game for us.  Marion County is a good solid team and I felt that we would have to play well to win.  The key to the game was that we made no errors. In games where we commit two errors or less, we are 10-2. Kyle Sheeran pitched a good ballgame, especially after the first couple of innings and Kyle Meredith continues to hit the ball extremely well,” said Price. 

The Hawks scored five runs in the third inning when Carpenter led off with a single, then Sheeran and Meredith loaded the bases on back-to-back bunt singles. Johnson drove in Carpenter and Sheeran with a single, then after Owens reached base with another single, Smith emptied the bases with a triple, driving in Meredith and Owens. The Hawks scored their fifth run of the inning when Cole Hughes laid down a perfect sacrifice squeeze bunt to bring in Smith. 

The Hawks scored three more runs in the sixth inning when Cody Williams and Carpenter singled and Sheeran reached base on an error by the Marion County second baseman. Meredith then hit a line shot into deep left field over the left fielders’ head to empty the bases, scoring all three runners. 

It was a make-shift lineup for the Hawks as starters Jason Carlberg, Mullins, Dave Blair, Brandon Clemons and Lucas Chaudoin were all in New York on their senior trip. Their replacements fared well with Wes Kessinger playing exceptional defense at second base with four assists and a base hit while Cole Hughes played very well at third base as did Cody Williams in right field. 

“We have some young players who may not play every day but are very capable of coming in and playing well. Wes Kessinger had some tough plays to make at second base and handled it well,” said Price.

Sheeran pitched exceptionally well giving up one run and three hits in six innings, not allowing any hits or runs after the second inning. He was two for four at the plate scoring two runs. Meredith was two for four with three RBIs, scoring one run and Smith had two RBIs with his triple. Carpenter was two for three, scoring two runs.

Up next 

The Hawks face Caverna at home Thursday night.