Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

May 16, 2014

Trojans’ senior night ends with 7-1 loss

For the Daily Times

GLASGOW — Friday night was senior night for the Barren County High School baseball team, the last home game for those who will be graduating May 29.

In the pregame ceremonies, Barren’s four senior student athletes and the first four in the Barren County line up were recognized: Barrett Billingsley, Cole Payne, Britton Crabtree, and starting pitcher Cole Scott. Parents at their side, their numbers etched into the dirt, they all held framed Barren County jerseys, mementos they earned over the past four years. A well put together event

The game, on the other hand, did not go as well for the Trojans as they struggled to deal with the hot bats of Franklin-Simpson and lost 7-1.

Scott started firing on all cylinders from the mound and forced the Wildcat batters down in order with two fly outs and a chopper right back at Scott for the ground out.

The bottom of the inning also looked good for the Trojans as they managed to get across the first run of the game. Billingsley had a lead-off walk and reached third on a Crabtree blooper to left. An error on a grounder by Scott allowed Billingsley to score. An Ellis Wininger single to right loaded the bases, but then two ground outs, including one to second, got the Wildcats out of the jam.

Franklin took control of the game in the top of the second inning.

The Wildcats got their first base runner of the inning with a walk. Then miscommunication between the first and second basemen allowed the second Wildcats’ batter to reach base safely. The runners each moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt, then a walk loaded the bases.

Next, a double to left scored two runs, followed by a gapper to left center that drove in a couple more. A diving catch by first baseman Kaleb England and a strike out ended the top of the second with Franklin ahead 4-1.

The Trojans’ bats were cold in the bottom of the inning. They went down 1-2-3 with two strike outs and a ground out to second.

The top of the third was much like the second for Franklin-Simpson. The leadoff hitter was hit by pitch, then a couple hits strung together in the left field gap resulted in two more runs. In the inning, Franklin-Simpson tested Crabtree at catcher by attempting to steal two bases, but it was to no avail as both were thrown out.

The Trojans went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third with two fly outs and a ground out.

The Wildcats managed to score one more run in the top of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Trojans again went 1-2-3 with all the outs being ground outs to second.

Freshman Andrew Baise came to the mound for Barren in the fifth inning.

The switch seemed to throw off the Wildcats as Baise had a seven-pitch inning with two fly outs and a strike out to end it.

The bottom of the fifth was more of the same for the Trojans with Bryton McGuire bunting to get on base, but then two ground outs to second and a ground out to third left him stranded.

Baise pitched in the sixth and again shut out the Wildcats with two strike outs.

Crabtree closed the game on the mound and did not allow a run.

Barren County grounded out to second base eight times in the game, a third of the teams outs.

The loss dropped the Trojans to 15-17 overall while Franklin-Simpson improved to 23-10.