SOHS wins Valley tourney

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By Mickey Patterson

CRESTWOOD – It was another step forward for the South Oldham High School baseball team as they won the Valley Invitational over spring break.
“It was good for us as young as we are,” SOHS coach Stephen Carter said. “We needed something like this, a boost for our confidence to get us a kick start.”
The Dragons posted a 4-1 record in the tournament avenging an earlier loss to Jeffersontown 10-3 in the championship game.
“J-town has a very good team, they have beaten Oldham County and Male and beat us in extra innings twice so it was a good win for us,” Carter said.
The Dragons got a big time performance from pitcher Jordan Simons in the title game as he went the distance and kept the normally potent J-town offense at bay.
“He pitched his rearend off for us,” Carter said. “Our pitching was pretty good through the whole tournament. The young guys are finally starting to get it.”
SOHS had plenty of offense in the tournament outscoring opponents 58-13. The only loss came in the second round 2-1 in eight innings to J-town. They beat Beth Haven 6-5 in their opener in 10 innings. The Dragons also beat Bullitt Central 14-2 and Doss 25-0.
“After the J-town game we really started hitting the ball well.” Carter said. “I have been telling them hitting is contagious and they proved it.”
The Dragons hit six home runs in the tourney with Trevor Lively and Matt Woods leading the way with two homers each.
“They both hit the ball well,” Carter said. “Matt Woods finally started getting some balls to fall for him. He had been struggling some, but really got it going the last few games.”
Carter said Tyler Brussell, Drew Greenwood, Jake Karlen and Eddie Mathis also hit the ball well in the tournament.
“Drew Greenwood was tattooing the ball all over the field,” Carter said.
SOHS got solid pitching from Mathis, Braden Johnson and Chris Oschner.
Lively and Simons were selected to the all-tournament team.
“We had some good games and got to play a few extra games which is always important for a team like we have,” Carter said.

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