Oldham County shakes up district picture with big 5-2 win over South

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By Greg Waddell

After opening its season on a rough note, the Oldham County baseball team took a huge step toward righting the ship Tuesday night, dismantling rival South Oldham 5-2 to claim sole ownership of the 29th district lead.
They certainly looked the part against the Dragons, mixing strong pitching and timely hits in the game’s opening innings to take control and never look back.
Left-fielder Austin Norman started the scoring for the Colonels in the bottom of the first, ripping an RBI double to right field, and pitcher Sean Holton followed with an RBI single.
After Holton struck out the side in the top of the second inning, second baseman Austin Funk kept the ball rolling in the bottom half, smashing a two RBI double off the fence in right field.
Center-fielder Ross Gowing added an RBI of his own two innings later and, from there, it was all Holton as the stocky right-hander kept the Dragons off balance the rest of the day.
“He was big,” Oldham County coach Scott Gerlach said. “What he did a good job of was staying in his zone. He didn’t lose control of his pitches and he got those guys to fly out. I only counted one ground out. He did a good job of staying in the zone and making them swing the bat.”
South Oldham coach Matt Wilson agreed.
“Holton threw the baseball pretty good,” Wilson said. “The kid threw 120-something pitches. He was just chucking it in there. Hats off to him.”
The Dragons would add two runs off bunts from Drew Greenwood and Alec Alsup in the top of the fifth but by then it was too late.
In addition to bragging right, the win also moves Oldham County into the driver seat of the competitive 29th district with a 2-0 record.
While there is still plenty of season left to be played, Tuesday wasn’t a bad start, Gerlach said with a laugh.
“Today was encouraging,” he said. “We’ve had a tough struggle at the beginning of the season and played well tonight. I think for the first time we had both good pitching on the mound and good hitting when we needed the hits.”
With the win, the Colonels improve to 7-9, while South Oldham falls to 9-10.

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