Colonel baseball falls in regionals

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By Sam Draut

 Simon Kenton baseball defeated Oldham County 7-4 in the first round of the Eighth Region tournament Monday. The Pioneers offense was powered by home runs by Brayden Trattles and Hunter Faehr.

Crooked third

After both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings, Oldham County’s Matt Baker led off the top of the third with a double. Hunter Sears followed with a well-placed bunt down the first base line and the ensuing throw rolled into right field as no one was covering first, setting up runners on second and third with the top of the order due up.

Chris Seng drew a walk to load the bases and Morrison drove home Lucas Jones, a courtesy runner for Baker, for the game’s first run. Grant Larimore drove home two runs with a single up the middle as the Colonels took a 3-0 lead.

Simon Kenton answered Oldham County’s big inning with a four-run inning. The Pioneers loaded the bases with two singles and a walk to begin the bottom half. An infield throwing error allowed two runs to score as Simon Kenton cut Oldham County’s lead to 3-2.

Brayden Trattles lifted a pitch over the centerfield wall for a two-run home run, which gave the Pioneers a one-run lead. Simon Kenton added another run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

One back

With Oldham County trailing 5-3 in the top of the fifth inning, Sears led off the inning with a lined shot over the left field wall to a solo home run.

Two-out rally

After the Sears home run, the Pioneers answered with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth inning. Following a single, Hunter Faehr hit a two-run home run over the centerfield wall to give Simon Kenton a 7-4 lead.

Crisis Adverted

With Simon Kenton leading 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Colonel relief pitcher Brandon Hackworth escaped a bases loaded jam with one out with a strikeout and fly ball to right field.

Up next

Simon Kenton will play the winner of Carroll County and Collins, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Oldham County’s season ends with a 22-15 record in Levi Bristow’s first season as the program’s head coach.