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The Barren County baseball team opened with a pair of victories this week in the Florida Beach Bash. The Trojans knocked off Fairdale 10-2 on Sunday, then defeated Madisonville-North Hopkins 12-2 in four innings Monday.
Against Fairdale, freshman Andrew Baise took the hill for Barren County, pitching five innings with five strikeouts while giving up four hits, two runs, four walks and hitting two batters.
The Trojans scattered 13 hits.
Barren County scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning on hits by Barrett Billingsley, Cole Payne and a RBI single by Britt Crabtree. The Trojans added a run in the second inning on a walk and stolen base by Billingsley and a RBI single by Andy Highbaugh.
In the bottom of the fourth, Barren County responded sent 10 batters plate, scoring four runs to take a 7-2 lead. Bryton McGuire opened the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Billingsley. Payne followed with a RBI single and Highbaugh followed with a single of his own. Cole Scott and Crabtree followed with RBI singles.
Barren County picked up three more runs in the fifth inning as Billingsley walked, Payne doubled and Highbaugh was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Scott walked to score Billingsley. Crabtree and Clay Groce followed with RBI singles to score Payne and Highbaugh.
Hunter Carroll took over pitching duties for Baise and pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings, allowing only a walk.
Against Madisonville-North Hopkins, Highbaugh – who is coming off a major Tommy John injury during his freshman year – got his first start on the mound in more than 12 months. He pitched five innings, allowing two unearned runs, three hits, two walks and a hit batsman.
In the first inning, Billingsley and Payne reached on Madisonville-North Hopkins errors and Highbaugh drove a ball to deep right-center field to plate both runners. A Cole Scott single put runners at first and third, and Grant Bowen – courtesy running for Highbaugh – scored on a ground ball double play, putting the Trojans up 3-0.
In the second, Bryton McGuire and Billingsley walked, followed by a RBI single by Payne. Highbaugh hit the next pitch to deep left-center field for his second double in as many innings, scoring Billingsley and Payne for a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Britt Crabtree and Matthew Bellemy entered as courtesy runners. Clay Groce walked, putting runners at first and second. An infield hit by Ellis Wininger and an errant throw by the Maroons allowed Bellemy and Groce to score.
Madisonville-North Hopkins picked up two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a Trojan error and two hits to pull within 8-2.
Eight Trojans batted in the bottom of the fourth, however. Billingsley walked and Payne reached on a Maroon error. A groundout moved the runners to second and third before Scott singled, driving in Billingsley. Crabtree doubled sharply down the left field line, plating Payne and Scott.
Highbaugh still on the mound induced the Maroons lead-off hitter to pop up to first. A strike out followed and the 3-hole hitter for M-NH lined a sharp single to left. Highbaugh struck out the next batter to end the game.
“Two things that I looked at in these two games: Against Madisonville-North Hopkins, we had two walks and two errors. Against Louisville Fairdale, the same thing, two walked and an error,” Barren County coach Johnny Vance said. “That always gives you a chance to win.”
The Trojans (7-6) face Atherton at noon Wednesday at the Florida Beach Bash.
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