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ROUNDING THE BASES: Colonels rally in the sixth for 5-3 win at South Oldham

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Including area scores and previews

By Elliott Pratt

 John Lowrey was pitching a solid game and South Oldham looked to be in control against district and county rival Oldham County.

Then came the sixth inning.

Trailing 3-1, the Colonels rallied with four runs in the sixth inning and held on late for the 5-3 win Friday night in Crestwood. Oldham County (10-6, 2-0 District 29) takes the two-game series against the Dragons, who host a doubleheader against Scott County and Lexington Catholic Saturday in Crestwood.

The Colonels are winners of four straight and averaging just over five runs in each win. Offense was what OC struggled with in the latter portion of its early non-district schedule. Despite the Colonels’ late adjustments, coach Scott Gerlach likes what he sees heading into Monday’s home contest against Valley.

OC trailed 3-1 entering the sixth inning when Dustin Cecil entered the game in place of Lowrey for South, who had reached 71 pitches in five innings and had allowed three hits.

Henry Adams led off the inning and reached base off a Brayden Sisson error at short stop and Griffin McLarty singled to right field. Jaxon Lashley reached base on a fielder’s choice where Adams was tagged out at third base.

Jacob Bates approached on the next at bat, facing a full count and hit the ball over Starr Thompson’s head and bounced off the left field wall for an RBI single to score McLarty.

Seth Russell loaded the bases against Nathan Patterson, who replaced Cecil after one-third inning of work.

Byrd hit a bases loaded RBI to score Wilson Horner, courtesy running for Jaxon Lashley, to tie the game at three runs each.

Garrison Simpson hit a RBI sacrifice fly to right to score Bates and Russell scored off a wild pitch from Patterson.

“It seems to take a while for us to make an adjustment,” Gerlach said. “We kept an aggressive mentality and said we needed to lay off the off-speed pitches. We went with that and ended up being pretty successful. We had much more disciplined at bats and we had better approaches. It would be nice if we could get that the entire game.”

South went right down the order in the bottom sixth and the Colonels couldn’t add to its two run lead in the seventh.

Byrd forced two outs with a groundout from Will Moriarty and struck out Tyler Fitch. Byrd was pulled one out away from a complete game after giving up a double and walking the tying runner in Dylan Smith.

Seth Russell stepped in with the save by forcing a pop up to Lashley to end the game.

Byrd gave up six hits in six and two-third innings pitched and struck out four. He and Bates each went 2-for-3 at the plate with Byrd notching two RBIs.

South jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a Tanner Johnson RBI single to score Sisson and a RBI from Moriarty to score Smith.

Bates doubled in the second inning and crossed home plate two batters later with a line drive RBI to left from Byrd.

The Dragons’ (5-6, 0-2) added their final run in the fourth after Byrd walked Johnson and Moriarty doubled to score courtesy runner Smith.

Moriarty and Nathan Straker each with 2-for-3 at bat in the loss for South.

AREA SCORES

SOFTBALL

Oldham County 1, Meade County 0 (Capital City Showcase at Franklin County)

Mercer County 15, South Oldham 0 (4 innings) (Capital City Showcase at Franklin County)

 

P2REVIEW

BASEBALL

South Oldham vs. Scott County, 11:00 a.m.

South Oldham vs. Lexington Catholic, 3:45 p.m.

North Oldham @ Waggener, 2:00 p.m.

SOFTBALL

Oldham County vs. Anderson County, 10:30 a.m. (Capital City Showcase at Franklin County)

Oldham County vs. Conner, 1:30 p.m. (Capital City Showcase at Franklin County)

South Oldham vs. Franklin County, 9:00 a.m. (Capital City Showcase at Franklin County)

North Oldham vs. Dixie Heights, 2:00 p.m. 

North Oldham vs. Salem, Indiana, 4:00 p.m.