The Barren County Trojans and Atherton Rebels were engaged in a pitcher’s duel for 4 innings.
Cole Scott got the start on the mound for Barren County and pitched 5 strong innings. Scott gave up 1 unearned run, on 4 hits and 3 walks. He also struck out 7 Rebel hitters. Coach Johnny Vance said “Cole Scott did a good job on the mound; he pitched strikes and kept us in the game.”
In the top of the 5th inning Atherton broke the ice scoring 1 run on a walk, a Trojan error and a deep double to left field. Scott struck out the next batter and enticed the Rebel clean-up to fly out to center field.
Barren County answered the bell in the bottom with 2 runs of their own. After an out, Bryton McGuire got an infield hit, Barrett Billingsley followed with a double off the left field wall putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. Cole Payne hit into a fielders choice scoring McGuire and Andy Highbaugh singled to right field to score Billingsley.
A Trojan pitching change brought Hunter Carroll to the hill in the top of the 6th inning. Atherton responded with a run on 2 hits and a Trojan miscue. Barren failed to score in the bottom half of their inning sending the game to the 7th inning tied 2-2.
Atherton’s lead-off batter reached base by a walk and was sacrificed to 2nd base. After Carroll ran the count to 1 ball and 2 strikes, the next pitch was hit sharply to 3rd base, hitting the edge of the infield grass and bouncing into the outfield; scoring the Rebel base runner. Vance commented, “Hunter Carroll didn’t do a bad job. He only had one bad pitch, up 0-2, he left a ball in the middle of the plate and the kid got a hit to put them up 3-2.” Vance continued, “but he done a good job again.”