The Barren County Thunder entered this week’s Cal Ripken 10-Under District 6 Baseball Tournament at Jackie Browning Park with a purpose. The only thing on their minds was winning a district title.
Well, the Thunder did just that Friday night and they claimed the title with an exclamation point as they shut out Green County, 9-0.
“This has been one heck of a journey,” said Barren County coach Jay Dee Scott after the game. “We have a great group of kids and this is what they wanted. They wanted to win a district title.”
After holding Green County in the top of the first inning, Barren County drew first blood by scoring two to take an early 2-0 lead.
A single by Tyler Jones brought Brennan Hicks around to score, and Gage Goodman later scored on a single by Blake Cook.
Barren County put two more runs across the plate in the second inning to take a 4-0 advantage. Jamison Buie and Holden Bullock singled. Blaye Key then walked to load the bases.
Bryson Adwell hit into a fielder’s choice to score Buie. Key was forced at second. Hicks then singled to score Bullock.
“We knew we would be able to put the bat on the ball, but we had no idea how well we were going to be able to hit it,” Scott explained. “Green County is a very good team, but tonight we hit it in the gaps.”
Green County threatened to score in the top of the third inning, but the Barren County defense held them off once again. The Thunder answered with four runs in the bottom of the third to push their lead to 8-0.
With one out, Reese Harper reached on an error and Jones followed with a double. They were knocked in when Cook doubled. Buie then singled to bring in Cook.
Buie was forced out on a fielder’s choice by Holden Bullock. Key came up later to knock in Bullock for Barren County’s final run of the inning.
Scott started the hard-throwing Harper on the mound Friday. He then went with Buie and brought Harper back in to pitch the final inning.
“Every kid on my team has pitched at some time,” Scott said. “I feel comfortable calling on any of them to take the mound. And the good thing is we have plenty to choose from.”
Barren County’s final run of the game came in the fourth inning when Hunter Scott turned a double into an inside-the-park homer.