Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 15, 2014

BARREN COUNTY BASEBALL: Raiders hold off late Trojans’ rally

By J. PAT DYER
For the Daily Times

GLASGOW — Barren County’s baseball team failed in comeback attempt and dropped a close one to Warren East on the Trojans home field Monday night. In a game marred by errors, the Trojans had four miscues early leading to an 8-7 defeat.

“We didn’t play very good early in the game. Kaleb England made his first start at the varsity level and he didn’t throw the ball bad for the first four innings. It was us making four errors. Their first five runs they scored were all unearned because we didn’t make plays in the field. We kicked it around. We got ourselves behind 5-1. Now we’re playing catch up the rest of the game. We did make an effort to comeback at the end.” said Barren County coach Johnny Vance. “We got to the point where a base hit would’ve tied it or a ball in the gap somewhere could have won it. We just came up a little short. It was the defense early in the game and it’s hard to overcome that.”

Three batters into the game the Warren East Raiders put a run on the board when starting pitcher, Blake Carpenter, walked and Davion Downey tripled him home.

The Trojans answered back in the bottom of the first with a run of their own. Andy Highbaugh walked and moved to third on a passed ball and stolen base before Britton Crabtree hit a bloop single behind first to score him.

Warren East score again in the second on an error, passed ball and ground out to shortstop.

The third inning saw the Raiders score twice without a hit. This time they did it by walking two before the Trojans committed two errors in the outfield.

In the fourth, Warren East plated two more this time with help from hits but again aided my Trojan errors. The big hit of the inning was a double by Carpenter.

In the bottom of the fifth the Trojans strung together a single by Barrett Billingsley, a walk from Cole Payne and a two run RBI double from Highbaugh.

The Raiders scored their seventh and eighth runs of the game on a two run homer by Carpenter in the sixth..

The Trojans, in the sixth, again scored two runs. With one out, Grayson Hyatt singled down the rightfield line. The next batter, Bryton Mcguire, walked causing Warren East to relieve Carpenter from the mound. Billingsley then hit into a fielders choice scoring Hyatt when Mcguire was thrown out at second. The Trojan’s next hitter, Cole Payne, hit a pop up into shallow leftfield which the Raider shortstop dropped allowing Billingsley o score.

Going into the bottom of the seventh, with the Raiders leading 8-5, the Trojans refused to fold. The first batter of the inning hit a single into right center followed by another single into right center by Crabtree. The Raiders brought Downey into pitch and he walked Clay Groce. The fourth ball got away from the catcher and pinch runner, Drew Shockley scampered home.

Andrew Hughes hit a sacrifice fly into rightfield scoring Crabtree. Downey then got Hyatt to pop out to first for the second out. Mcguire then walked to put the winning run on base before Billingsley ended the game by flying out to right.

England received the loss while Carpenter picked up the win. England threw four innings, striking out three, walking five and giving up five hits. He allowed six runs but only two earned. Hyatt pitched three innings allowing one hit and two runs – both earned. He struck out one and hit a batter.

Barren drops to 11-10 on the season. Tuesday night the Trojans play Glasgow on the Scotties home field. The game is scheduled for 5 PM.