Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 18, 2014

Barren County pitches shutout, blanks Metcalfe County 8-0

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — The Barren County Trojans held Metcalfe County to only one hit Tuesday night as they rolled over the Hornets for an 8-0 baseball victory.

“We swung the bats a lot better today and I hope that becomes the norm for us. I hope we don’t come out tomorrow and go back to just two or three hits,” said Barren County coach Johnny Vance.

“We’re hitting the ball really well and that might have been the best we’ve swung the bats all year.”

The victory moves the Trojans to 3-2 on the season, while the Hornets fall to 0-3.

Barren County will visit South Warren on Wednesday, while Metcalfe County is back in action on Thursday when the Hornets host Adair County.

The Trojans got on the scoreboard early and often against the Hornets on Tuesday.

In the first inning, Cole Payne got a single and Andy Highbaugh knocked him in with a triple. Cole Scott then grounded out to score Highbaugh.

Barren County tallied two more runs in the fourth inning to make it 4-0.

Payne reached on an error and Highbaugh singled to put runners on first and third.

Britt Crabtree followed with a double to score Payne and Highbaugh.

The Trojans pushed their lead to 7-0 with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Andrew Hughes reached on an error, but was forced at second on a fielder’s choice by Grayson Hyatt.

Bryton McGuire then singled, and a single by Barrett Billingsley brought in Hyatt.

Payne then grounded out to score McGuire and move Billingsley to third. Highbaugh then singled to bring in Billingsley for the final run of the inning.

“I thought we got some good pitching today. Cole Scott started, but struggled in the first inning. He got himself out of it and started throwing some strikes,” Vance explained.

“He said he felt good so we probably pushed him 15 or so pitches more than we wanted to. Then Hyatt came in and did a good job. He’s just learning how to pitch, but he’s got a very good arm. We’re trying to get him some innings.”

Metcalfe County threatened in the top of the fifth against Hyatt.

Nate Reed led off the inning for the Hornets with a single and he moved to second when Peyton Reece walked. But Hyatt settled down on the mound and struck out Billy Clemons and Colby White.

The inning ended when Reece was caught stealing when the Hornets attempted a double steal.

The Trojans got the final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

McGuire walked and Billingsley singled. Payne then singled to score McGuire to post the final 8-0 score.