By ALEX MORGERSON
For the Daily Times
A “Vanceless” Barren County team took the field against Allen County at home Tuesday night, the second time the two teams have played in two days, Barren winning the Monday night match-up 4-3.
Jacob Thompson started on the mound for the Trojans the first batter of the game grounding out and then the second batter reachds base after a mishandled throw to first. Senior Catcher Britton Crabtree then cleaned up the mess by throwing out the Allen county base runner as he tried to steal second. There was another errant throw to first, followed by a single pressure the Trojans but a strike out ended the shaky top of the first, Barren managing to prevent any runs from crossing.
It wasn’t until the second inning until the game saw its first run. The Patriots took advantage of another Trojans error and scored a run, the first runner of the inning reaching first on a dropped in-field fly followed by two sacrifice bunts moving the runner to third, who, eventually scored on a base hit down the middle.
A scary moment occurred in the top of the second as Thompson took a hard hit ball up the middle to the shin as the ball ricochets to the Trojans on deck circle Allen County managed to tack on another run and Thompson was very obviously shaken up. After a meeting on the mound the game resumed and injured pitcher struggled walking a pair to load the bases and giving up another hit scoring the third run for the Patriots until a routine fly to center retired the side.
Over the next couple innings, both teams managed to add one run each to the score line until the bottom of the fourth where the Trojans climbed back into the game, managing to score two and sneak back into the game at 4-3, thanks to an Ellis Wininger single to start the inning followed by a walk and a two RBI single to center by senior Cole Payne.
The rest of the game was all Allen County and was highlighted by Barren County defensive struggles. The Patriots managed to put five more runs on the board, all in the 6th inning, as they capitalized on two infield errors, overthrowing the first baseman on two routine ground balls. After the errors loaded the bases, a double to the left field fence, a blooper into center, and a double roped down the left field line sealed the victory for the Patriots.
The game ended rather anticlimactically with a ground out to the pitcher. The Patriots ended the game with 12 hits and one error. The Trojans ended with eight hits and five errors and it was evident that the defensive shakiness put the game out of reach for the Trojans.