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Baseball: South tops Holy Cross

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By Sam Draut

South Oldham baseball won the second game of a doubleheader against Holy Cross (Louisville) 7-3 Saturday March 31.

Brice McGee earned the victory for South Oldham, throwing 5 innings, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out one. Brennan LaBarbera went 2 for 3, driving in three runs and scoring two, including a home run and double. JT Benson went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Early and often

After losing in the first game 6-5, the Dragons didn’t waste time taking control in the second contest.

Brennan LaBarbera belted a solo home run to left field with one out in the second inning.

"I was seeing the ball really well, they were throwing strikes," LaBarbera said. 

Following the home run, Keaton Martin and JT Benson had back-to-back singles. Martin and Benson both scored when Brandon Elsbury’s infield grounder forced a throwing error.

After the three-run second inning, South Oldham matched their offensive output in the third inning.

Tanner Salmon led off the inning with a bunt single followed by a single from Cam Revolt. LaBarbera brought home Salmon and Revolt with a two-run double.

Benson drove in LaBarbera with a two-out single to right field to give South Oldham a 6-0 lead.

Relay run-saver

McGee didn’t allowed a run through the first four innings, but had the help of his fielders, especially in the third inning. After two hitters reached base with one out, TJ Satterly fielded a base hit in right-centerfield and threw to Salmon, the cutoff man.

Salmon fired home to catcher Matthew Reaves, who applied a tag in time to keep Holy Cross scoreless.

"I had my defense working behind me," McGee said.

Trouble brewing

Holy Cross broke through in the fifth inning, scoring three runs on three hits, cutting South Oldham’s lead in half. After the lead off hitter was hit by a pitch, three straight batters had singles. Revolt and Salmon turned a double-play to further limit the damage.

McGee was replaced by Lincoln Price following the fifth inning. Price closed out the final two innings by retiring six straight batters.

South Oldham got one run back in the top of the sixth inning. Benson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second and then third on balks. An RBI groundout by Sean Stargel brought in Benson to push the Dragons’ advantage to four runs.

Up next

The Dragons will travel to St. Xavier (Louisville) Tuesday April 3.

"It's always a huge game, St. X is always good," LaBarbera said.