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Baseball: South tops Oldham in districts

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By Sam Draut

After being held scoreless in both regular season contests, South Oldham baseball’s offense came alive while Brennan LaBarbera was masterful on the mound for a 5-2 victory over Oldham County in the District 29 semi-finals in Goshen Tuesday May 22.

Cam Revolt hit a three-run home run and LaBarbera tossed a complete game, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out seven for South Oldham. Mitchell Elwell pitched four innings, allowing five runs on six hits while striking out six and Gabe Bratetic went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Oldham County.

The run support paired with a dominant outing by LaBarbera. 

"It was all working really well for me," LaBarbera said. "My team was playing great defense. It gave me a lot of confidence."

Big fly

Revolt provided LaBarbera with some run support before the senior stepped foot on the mound.

LaBarbera had a one-out single in the top of the first inning, followed by a single from Matthew Reaves. With runners on first and second, Revolt lofted a delivery over the left centerfield wall for a three-run home run to give South Oldham an early lead.

"We knew Mitchell [Elwell] was throwing a lot of off-speed, so I was sitting on that, when I saw it first pitch, I swung," Revolt said.

After the three-run top of the first, LaBarbera struck out the side in the bottom half.

"His [Revolt's] home run helped a lot to know we were up three runs in the beginning," LaBarbera said. "It helped me to mentally go out and throw strikes."

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Matthew Roy drew a one-out walk in the top of the second inning. He stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error during the stolen base attempt. Roy completed his trip around the bases when he scored on a wild pitch to extend South Oldham’s advantage to four runs.

In the top of the third inning, the Dragons added another run, this time, a solo home run by Reaves, which was hit well over the left field wall.

"We knew we had to come out and swing it," Revolt said.

Broken up

LaBarbera held the Colonels hitless through the first three innings, but Chris Seng led off the bottom of the fourth with a double to left field. Gabe Bratetic drove in Seng with a double to centerfield for Oldham County’s first run.

LaBarbera limited any further damage with two strike outs to end the threat.

The Colonels added another run in the fifth inning as Hunter Sears drew a lead off walk and was driven in by Austin Reed on a single up the middle. Seng walked, putting runners on first and second with two outs.

South Oldham coach Matt Walker visited LaBarbera on the mound and the pitcher answered with forcing a ground out to end the inning.

Relief man

Oldham County turned to Tyler Morrison to relieve Elwell in the fifth inning. The left-hander was sharp, retiring the side in order in his first inning of work and striking out the side in the sixth inning.

Morrison had five strikeouts and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings of relief.

Up next

North Oldham and South Oldham are scheduled to play in the District 29 final Thursday May 22 at 5:30 p.m. in Goshen. Both teams are assured a spot in the Eighth Region tournament next week.