Bearcats close regular season with impressive performances

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By John Herndon

Anderson County wrapped up the regular-season portion of its baseball campaign with a pair of impressive wins, including an 8-4 victory over 18th-ranked Western Hills last Thursday. The Bearcats entered post-season play at 17-11 and appear to be playing their best baseball of the season.

Saturday, the Bearcats got a strong pitching performance from senior Daniel Goodlett as Anderson defeated Woodford County 5-4 in the annual season-ending contest at Versailles.

Goodlett went five innings, giving up just two earned runs to get the victory. Steven Watts, then Hunter Coffey each came in to hurl scoreless innings.

Down 2-0 in the top of the third, Anderson put a four-spot up. Josh Brown led the inning off with a double, and Clay Guffey delivered a single, even though he was trying for a sacrifice bunt.

Jacob Russell also had a big hit for the Bearcats, belting a 2-run triple.

Thursday, the Bearcats had one of the top pitching performances in recent years as junior Michael Harley pitched 5.1 innings in relief of Kyle DeLong in the Bearcats 8-4 win over Western Hills.

“Michael pitched wonderfully and got out of a few jams,” said Anderson coach L.W. Barnes. “Our defense was nearly flawless.”

Down 4-2 going into the sixth inning, Anderson erupted for three runs in both the sixth and sevent innings to cap what Barnes called “one of our better overall performances of the year.”'

Kyle Rogers had a double for the Bearcats, while Coffey was 3-or-3.

Last Wednesday, Scott County ruined Anderson's Senior Night with a 6-4 decision over the Bearcats. The Cardinals reached Matt Fogle for five unearned runs in the second when Anderson misplayed two bunts.

“The deficit was too much to overcome,” Barnes said.

Anderson rallied to get within 6-4 and had two runners on when the game ended. “We came up one hit too short,” Barnes said.

Last Tuesday, 11th-ranked Trinity held off the Bearcats 5-4 at the Anderson field. Trinity got on the board with two in the first and three in the third, but Anderson  made its comeback as Logan Woodside and Fogle both smacked their first varsity home runs.

“Both players have been rather consistent on the year, and both have potential to go deep,” Barnes said. “It was just a matter of time until they connected for a home run.”

Russell and DeLong combined to limit Trinity to seven hits.

“I thought Russell and Delong both pitched really well,” Barnes said. “Russell had a couple of walks early that hurt, because both of them scored.  Realistically, he was just one out—one pitch—from keeping them to just two runs.  Maybe if we call a different pitch, or if he gets it a little lower he doesn’t get hurt in the third inning.  But, overall, he pitched great against a strong team.  Delong was also just as effective.  He’s throwing the ball with lots of confidence now.”