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Anderson County baseball showed it is far too early to write the Bearcats off in 2013.
A week after mustering one hit in two games, the Bearcats rolled past Louisville Eastern and Bowling Green to take two of three games in the Bowling Green/Warren County Invitational.
Anderson did have trouble against Ballard Memorial, mustering just three hits in a 3-1 loss.
Against Eastern, Anderson capitalized on a pair of first-inning errors to plate five runs in an 11-4 win. Josh Brown got the big hit in the inning, driving a double to the gap in left-center to drive in Shea Sparrow and Granville Hayes. Max Crabtree also drove in two first-inning runs with a single.
The Bearcats got three more in the bottom of the third when Dusty Puckett reached on a two-out error and later scored as five consecutive Bearcats reached base on four singles and a hit batter.
Anderson put things out of reach in the firth with Brice Stockton driving in two runs with a single. Anderson took advantage of four Eastern walks in the fifth-inning rally.
Lefty Brandon Eliadis picked up the win going five innings and giving up one earned run. Eliadis' off-speed pitches kept the Eagles off balance as he struck out six.
Connor Cotton pitched the final two innings in relief.
Ballard Memorial 3, Anderson Co. 1
Ballard Memorial, located near the Mississippi River in far western Kentucky, limited Anderson to three hits in the Bombers' 3-1 win at Bowling Green.
Brown pitched six innings of two-baseball but gave up a run in the first when Ballard Memorial's second hitter, sophomore Alek Hugen doubled, then came around to score on two wild pitches.
In the sixth, Hugen put Ballard Memorial ahead with a solo home run.
Ballard Memorial added an insurande run in the seventh off Cotton, again working in relief.
Hayes led the Anderson offense with two hits and drove in Tanner Roberts with the Bearcats' only run in the third.
“You have got to give all the credit to Ballard Memorial's pitcher, (Clay) Chandler. He had a dominant fastball and used his off-speed pitches really well,” Anderson coach L.W. Barnes said.
Anderson Co. 6, Bowling Green 4
Stockton got the win and went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Bearcats to the impressive 6-4 win.
“Brice pretty much dominated the Purlples for his six innings pitched,” Barnes said.
Offensively, Dusty Puckett went two-for-three and scored two runs with an RBI for the Bearcats.
Anderson to play Spencer, Shelby
The Bearcats' post-season fortunes will begin to take shape this week as the Bearcats travel to Spencer County Thursday and are scheduled to host Shelby County on Tuesday.
With the district tournament being seeded, the Spencer and Shelby games are, by far, the most important games on Anderson's schedule to date.
Spencer has opened the season at 8-3 and had won eight of nine games before falling to Reynoldsburg, Ohio in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. last week.
“It appears they are playing really well, and I think this is a team Coach (Steve) Slaughter has been looking forward to for some time. I'm sure they will be solid on all fronts,” Barnes said.
Game time at Spencer is 5:30 p.m.
The Bearcats are scheduled to host Shelby County on Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. Shelby has been a bit of a surprise at 14-1 and 13 straight wins through Saturday.
The Bearcats have not had a home game yet due to delays in a field renovation, and at press time, the field was still not ready. However, Barnes said crews were working on the field Monday and he hopes to have it ready for the junior varsity and freshman games against Louisville Trinity on Friday, April 12.
Check www.theandersonnews.com for updates on the field's condition and any possible schedule changes.
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