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Colonels defeat Atherton 9-2 in season opener

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By Mickey Patterson

LOUISVILLE – With almost an entirely new lineup the Oldham County High School baseball team opened the year in similar fashion as the powerhouse teams of the past three years with a 9-2 win over Atherton. “They (Atherton) were not the strongest of teams and we kind of played down to our competition at times,” OCHS coach Scott Gerlach said. “We didn’t do some things we normally do well, but we did win.” The Colonels had a chance to end the game in five innings on three occasions, but could not score the 10th run before Atherton came back to score a pair late. Winning pitcher Steve Holton threw five innings of shutout ball for the Colonels, allowing just one hit. “He pitched really well for us,” Gerlach said. “It was a very strong opening game.” The Colonels built a 3-0 lead in the first three innings before scoring six runs in the fourth inning to break the game open. Second baseman Adam Pontrich and designated hitter Dan Dwinnells delivered key doubles for the Colonels. Both were three for four at the plate. “We lost an awesome group of seniors and there is no way to replace the amount of leadership they showed,” Gerlach said. “But the guys we have this year have a very good chemistry because they have played in the program together so long. I think we can maybe surprise some people this year. We don’t have the same talent level we have had the past few seasons, but we have some hustlers and some fighters and they will win some games with that.”

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