BASEBALL: Bearcat bats silenced at Dunbar

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Eliadis strong on the mound but takes loss

By John Herndon

Anderson County baseball is looking for bats. Any size, any shape or any color. Just anything that might generate some offense.

At least, that was the case last week as the Bearcats mustered just one hit in two games, dropping contests at Paul L. Dunbar and Madison Central. Two strong Bearcat pitching performances went by the board.

Friday, at Madison Central, the Bearcats got just one hit off Indian pitchers Kirt Caldwell and Jonah Kelsey. Anderson pitching limited the hosts to six hits, but Madison Central generated enough offense to post a 4-0 win and move to 4-1 on the year.

Last Wednesday, Anderson pitcher Brandon Eliadis gave up only two hits, but Dunbar pitching was even stingier, throwing a no-hitter at the Bearcats in a 3-0 decision.

“Brandon pitched all six innings. He threw wonderfully,” Anderson coach L.W. Barnes said.

Eliadis gave up three runs in the third, yielding a leadoff walk after being ahead in the count, 1-2. Before the inning was over, Dunbar had collected a double and scored when the Bearcats botched a rundown. It was all the 14th-ranked Bulldogs would need.

“Brandon gave up two legitimate hits over six innings,” Barnes said. “He also gave up his first two earned runs of the year. His ERA now stands at 1.1 over 13 innings. He had a much better breaking ball than he did in his previous outings. His change-up was also effective at times.”

Barnes said his team simply had no answers for Dunbar's pitcher. “He was outstanding. He was definitely (throwing) in the mid- to upper-80 (miles per hour),” Barnes said. “We finally wore him down about the fourth inning by being patient and fouling pitches off and his pitch count grew.”

Anderson had only one serious threat, loading the bases in the fifth, but Shea Sparrow lined to right to end the threat. Barnes said Sparrow made several nice plays in the field for the Bearcats.


Upcoming games

The Bearcats did not go to Florida as in past years for Spring Break. The team is off until Friday when it heads to the Bowling Green/Warren County Invitational Tournament. Anderson will play Louisville Eastern and Ballard Memorial, from far western Kentucky, on Friday, then will play Bowling Green on Saturday.

The Bearcats travel to Franklin County on Monday, then to Western Hills on Tuesday.


Field still not ready

The Bearcats still have not had a home game as renovations on Barnes Memorial Field had not been completed before Spring Break.

Anderson hopes to be on the home field soon but Barnes said last week that no progress had been made on the infield at that time.