Bearcats take care of business against Eminence

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Will play Shelby in district final Wednesday night

By Ryan Alves

SHELBYVILLE —Anderson County, the top seed in this year’s 30th district baseball tournament faced Eminence tonight in the first round of the tournament at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.  Anderson emerged victorious 12-2 and notched their place in the championship game Wednesday night against their arch-rival Shelby County.

Anderson Jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Jordan Alves singled, stole second, reached third on a passed ball and scored on Jacob Brown’s sacrifice fly to center.

Then Jeremy Turpin, who walked, scored from Jacob Russell’s single and Russell scored on Hunter Coffey’s base knock.

Matt Fogle knocked in Coffey and Joe White who was hit by a pitch. Then Daniel Goodlett singled and Shawn Bryant, running for Fogle, scored. Anderson ended the first inning with a comfortable 6-0 lead.

The Bearcats then cruised and belted the Warriors pitching staff for 8 hits, with Luke Hawkins going 2-3 with a double and a single.  The Bearcats also took advantage of three Warrior errors.

Anderson went with some reserves on the pitching staff in hopes for some fine-tuning before their run at a second straight regional championship.  (The win guarantees a spot in the regional tournament). 

Goodlett started the game on the hill and only gave up three hits and one earned run.  Seniors Graham Young and T.J. Drury also got in an inning of work apiece. Young and Drury combined to strike out four and allowed one run.

“We didn’t want to take them lightly. Anything can happen and they can surprise teams.  Tonight was a good night to get some live work in and sharpen up,” said Alves. “Tomorrow will be a war.”

Game time is at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 20 at the Shelby County Athletic Complex in Shelbyville.  Full coverage will be in next week's Anderson News.