By ALEX MORGERSON
Glasgow Daily Times
The Barren County Trojans suffered defensive and pitching struggles Friday that ultimately led to a disappointing 19-4 loss at home to Logan County. The night started on an extremely positive note as the announcer for the Barren County Trojans recognized that Saturday is assistant coach for the Trojans, Bryan Cheely’s 26th birthday. The rest of the night was lack luster to say the least.
The game started off rough for the Trojans with pitcher Jacob Thompson struggling to find the strike zone. Logan County started the game with a go-ahead double off of an infield error by the Trojans. Then a base hit to center followed by a base hit to left scoring the first run of the ball game. There were runners at first and third for the cougars and then three walks and a defensive error scored three more runs. A strike out ended the inning for the Trojans. The inning was highlighted by an incredible over the shoulder diving catch by Trojan left fielder Grayson Hyatt as well as the defensive and pitching woes of the Trojans.
The bottom of the 1st was quickly over with a lead off strike out, a fly out to right field, a hard hit double to right field by Trojan Center Fielder Cole Payne, but then another put-away to abruptly deflate the Trojan’s momentum.
The Top of the 2nd was much like the top of the 1st, it started with a base hit through the legs of Thompson with a wild pitch allowing for the runner to advance. After a walk and a deep triple to center field scoring two runs the score was 6-0 cougars. At this point Thompson was replaced by junior Kaleb England. The Cougar’s bats stayed hot even with the change of arms hitting a double down the third base line scoring another run. A dropped third strike followed by an errant throw hitting the base runner scored the 8th run for Logan County. It was obvious the Trojans were struggling to deal with the hot bats of the Cougars and were fueling the fire with defensive blunders. The first out was made by Grayson Hyatt who had another defensive gem making a diving catch in shallow right field. Another base hit and a ground move the base runners to first and third. A blooper to center scored another run. A walk, followed by another loose pitch scored the 10th for the Cougars, and a strike-out ended the bleeding at Logan County 10 Barren County 0.
The bottom of the 2nd is where the game almost slipped away from Logan County and Barren County capitalieds on a walk and an error at short stop. A single to shallow left field loaded the bases for the Trojans. A single over the head of the short stop scored two runs for the Trojans and they were on the board as it seemed they were crawling their way back into the game. Miscommunication in the Logan County outfield allowed for a Barrett Billingsley fly ball to drop, scoring a third for the Trojans. A fly-out stopped the Trojan comeback and the score was10-3.
The Cougars continued the scoring in the third with a couple base hits and help from the Trojan pitching, with two hitters hit by pitch and a walk followed by a hard hit ball that hopped the right field fence resulting in another triple clearing the bases and making the score line 17-3. England was then replaced by freshman Addison Briggs. An error at second scored one more and a line out to left field ended the inning.
The rest of the game was less eventful as both teams added one run to the tally and Barren made one more pitching change to freshman Andrew Baise. The 4th was highlighted by a web gem by Cole Payne in shallow center field providing the only real excitement for the remainder of the game. The game ended with a 6-4-3 double play and a great defensive stop by the Logan County 3rd baseman in the 5th. Logan County defeated Barren by 10 run mercy rule with a score line of Barren County 4, Logan County 19. Barren gave up 14 hits and had 6 errors ; One would assume it’s safe to say this is a game the Trojans wanted to get out of their system as they near the impending district and region tournaments respectively.