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ROUNDING THE BASES: St. X too much for OC, South loses, area scores & previews

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By Elliott Pratt

 LOUISVILLE - Playing the defending state champions is never an easy task. Even if you’re Oldham County, which got the best of St. Xavier last season in a similar late March contest.

Behind a stubborn defense and the arm of ace Scott Spurlock, St. X returned the favor Monday night by shutting out the Colonels 4-0 in Louisville.

Spurlock pitched five innings with three strikeouts while allowing three hits to earn the win and set Oldham County back to 3-2 on the year.

Senior Joey Hackworth started on the mound for the Colonels and struggled gain command. Hackworth gave up his first hit before walking two batters in the second inning to load the bases with only one out. St. X’s J.D. Mundt popped it out to left field to score Trent Revelette, giving the Tigers their first run of the game. Hackworth worked out of the jam in the second, but struggled again in the third.

The senior gave up a leadoff hit to Adam Elliott and threw two wild pitches that eventually allowed Elliott to score. St. X added two more runs in the third, which was enough to hold off the Colonels.

“Something that is going to bite any team in the butt is putting guys on base without having to do anything,” OC coach Scott Gerlach said. “We did walk a couple that ended up scoring. Any time that happens, your pitchers are going to dig themselves in a hole.”

Gerlach said that Hackworth couldn’t take control over his off-speed pitches, but was pleased with Hackworth’s fast ball, which he noted can be his best pitch when he locates it correctly.

Jacob Bates took over for Hackworth after 3.2 innings and threw for three innings until Trace Powell closed for the last out.

Offensively, the Colonels made contact 17 times, which provided for a frustrating evening when it only produces three hits.

“It’s pretty frustrating when you hit good balls and it hits right to the kid, but you have to keep working at it to find those holes,” Bates said. “This was a learning experience and they’re a great team to learn from. We didn’t play bad, we just didn’t play good enough.”

Gerlach was encouraged by the five hits allowed, and credits the Colonels defense for a solid day against the Tigers. Right fielder Bradley Gordon chased down a ball into deep right center before diving to the ground and left fielder Garrison Simpson found himself fielding plenty of outs.

“Our defense played very well today, especially the outfield,” Gerlach said. “They were all over the place making some great catches. Any time you can get good defense behind you that builds confidence for a pitcher.”

The Colonels returned home for a game against Whitefield Academy on Tuesday. Results for that game were not available before the Era’s deadline.

 

BULLITT EAST RALLIES LATE TO BEAT SOUTH 6-3.

 

South Oldham’s Blake Bisig hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Devin Bishop hit an RBI single in the fifth to give the Dragons a 3-0 lead. Will Moriarty walked three Bullitt East batters in the sixth before leaving the mound to John Lowery. Lowery walked a runner home and Bullitt East scored on an RBI sacrifice bunt and a two-run RBI single to total four runs in the sixth inning. Moriarty took the loss for South.

 

AREA SCORES

 

SOFTBALL

 

Assumption 8, North Oldham 3

A. Maiocco, 3 AB, 1 H, 2 RBI

WP: S. Fussenegger, 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 SO

LP: S. Maiocco, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 SO, BB

 

Oldham County 8, Holy Cross (Louisville) 6

 

*Holy Cross led 6-0 after two innings. The Lady Colonels scored three runs a piece in the sixth and seventh innings to complete the comeback. 

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

 

BASEBALL

 

3/24 -  Whitefield Academy @ Oldham County, 5:00 p.m.

3/25 - St. Xavier @ South Oldham, 6:00 p.m.

3/25 - Fairdale @ North Oldham, 5:30 p.m.

 

SOFTBALL

 

3/24 - Grant County @ South Oldham, 6:00 p.m.

3/24 - Oldham County @ Eastern, 6:00 p.m.

3/25 - Ballard @ North Oldham, 5:30