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Anderson County showed the ups and downs of a baseball season last week.
The Bearcats won only one of three games, being shut out the last two, before a scheduled double header Saturday after press deadlines for this edition of The Anderson News.
Last Monday, the Bearcats ripped Sayre, 8-2, as the Bearcats erupted for seven runs in the third inning.
Junior Josh Brown went the distance to pick up the win.
Anderson hitters Mason Baker and Dusty Puckett picked up what might be an unusual footnote to their careers when they both delivered two hits in the third-inning uprising.
Brown was effective, throwing first pitch strikes 18 times. He did give up solo home runs in both the first and second innings.
The following night, Louisville Trinity pounded the Bearcats, 13-0. the Shamrocks chased starter Conor Cotton, who uncharacteristically struggled with his control.
Trinity scored 13 times but needed only seven hits to do so.
Anderson also had seven hits, but was unable to cross the plate. “Although we were shut out, we did hit the ball decently,” Anderson coach L. W. Barnes said. “We gave up five in the first and many of our players just shut down mentally after that.”
Scott County erupted for three runs in the bottom of the first and went on to rout Anderson County, 7-0, in high school baseball action Wednesday night in Georgetown.
Scott's Chase Martin belted a 3-run home run off Anderson starter Brandon Eliadis in the first, all the scoring the 16th-ranked Cardinals would need.
Scott added two more runs in the bottom of the second to effectively put the Anderson upset hopes away.
The Anderson defense did not help matters, committing four errors, three of which led to unearned runs. “Bad feet equal errors,” Anderson coach L.W. Barnes said. “All four errors were due to having bad feet and not being aggressive.”
The Anderson offense struggled against Scott starter Josh Stratton, who gave up only two hits, fourth inning singles by Brice Stockton and Josh Brown. Anderson loaded the bases in the fourtn but Stratton got out of the jam with a strikeout that Barnes said “just killed our momentum.”
Barnes said Eliadis turned in a solid performance but for naught.
“Eliadis threw well enough to win. We just didn't help him at all.”
See Bearcat baseball results online
Anderson was to have hosted North Oldham and Gallatin County in a three-way double header on Saturday after deadlines for this issue of The Anderson News.
The Bearcats were to have traveled to Elizabethtown on Monday and Franklin County on Tuesday after press deadlines as well.
Anderson is set to finish the regular season with a three-game homestand before next week's district tournament, hosted by the Bearcats.
Subscribers can see the results of those games online at www.theandersonnews.com.