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ROUNDING THE BASES: Dragons baseball wins opener, North softball shuts out South

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By Elliott Pratt

 North gets on track, routes South 21-0

North Oldham coach Erik Anderson had plenty of reason to be happy with his Lady Mustangs start to the regular season.

You can count 21 of them.

North registered 13 hits and handled business in drizzly Crestwood Thursday evening to shutout South Oldham 21-0.

The Lady Mustangs (1-1) scored 12 runs in the second inning and added six more in the third to end the game early.

Senior Megan Rohrbach led North with three RBIs in four plate appearances and said is hitting its stride.

“It was nice to be able to connect hits and get runs whereas last time we were tense against a big rival,” Rohrbach said. “We were just able to relax and have more fun with it and it allowed us to get more hits.”

The Lady Mustangs had eight batters with hits and scored 11 different runners.

South Oldham (0-2) has failed to score a run in its first two game, but coach Jessica Turner is finding plenty of positives in light of an otherwise unfavorable start.

“We executed the bunt when we needed and defensively we only made two errors,” Turner said. “They just hit the ball hard and there’s nothing we can do about that. They were hitting the gaps. Tremendous improvement from our game Monday to today. Considering everybody we played is eighth-graders except for two, they did a great job.”

 

BASEBALL

South Oldham 14, Seneca 3

The Dragons aren’t taking much away from their season opener. Poor weather conditions and bizarre situations didn’t allow coach Todd Driskell a solid chance to evaluate his team in a 14-3 win against Seneca Tuesday night.

South Oldham had six batters hit by pitch in the first inning and scored 12 runs in the first for a three inning contest.

The Dragons (1-0) were able to use three pitchers with Michael Higgins starting and Nathan Patterson entering in the second. John Lowrey allowed three runs in the third, but Driskell noted a slick ball and slick mound that provided frustrations for both teams, but said he still took away some positives.

“We were exploiting their weaknesses,” Driskell said. “We were hitting the ball well, pitches were out of the zone and we were staying off of them. I thought we ran the bases well. We hit situational hits to the right side and I thought we did a good job. It’s kind of a tough situation. It’s hard to gage what we’re capable of based upon the competition and weather. It was probably frustrating all the way around for (Seneca), too.”

 

AREA SCORES:

BASEBALL

Oldham County 1, Holy Cross (Louisville) 0

North Oldham 10, DuPont Manuel 0 (two innings)

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

BASEBALL

Oldham County at Bullitt East, 6

North Oldham at Fairdale, 5:30

South Oldham vs. Scott County (cancelled)

SOFTBALL

Oldham County vs. North Laurel (at Elizabethtown), 7:45

North Oldham vs. North Hardin (at Meade County), 7:30

South Oldham vs. Owen County, 5:30