Passed ball allows Bearcats to salvage win in rain-soaked week

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Thompson gets win in solid relief outing

By John Herndon

The final tally of last week's high school baseball action was Weather 3, Anderson County 1.

The Bearcats saw games at Boyle County, Oldham County and South Oldham all canceled because of rain, cold weather or a combination of the two.

However, the one time the Bearcats took the field, they scored an 8-7 win on the home field over Henry County in eight innings to even their record at 2-2 on the year.

The Bearcats got two runs with no hits to defeat Henry in the extra frame last Wednesday. Anderson scored the game-winner when Brandon Eliadis, who had reached on an error, raced home from third base on a passed ball.

Anderson had tied the game earlier in the inning when Josh Brown, who walked, scored from third base when a balk was called.

Junior Brett Thompson pitched the final five innings in relief to get the win. He struck out seven while walking two and hitting a batter. Thompson yielded three hits and one earned run.

“I was glad for the win and happy the way we came back,” said Anderson coach L.W. Barnes. “We have actually had a knack for making surges late in games. That's certainly promising, but once again, our physical mistakes killed us. Give Henry credit, though. When we left fastballs up in the (strike) zone, they smacked them all over.”

Anderson scored four times in the bottom of the first as Brown led off with a double and Lucas Durr and Connor Cotton drove in runs with singles to give Anderson starter Brice stockton an early lead.

Henry, however, reached Stockton for six runs in the top of the third to jump in front, 6-4. “The leadoff hitter reached on an error and that started all of the problems,” Barnes said. “Henry then strung together a series of hits. We had three plays at the plate that we didn't execute well at all. Both of our corner cutoff guys had poor feet and poor throws to the plate.”

Cotton got a run back in the bottom of the inning when he reached on an error and advanced on a wild pitch. He eventually scored when Max Crabtree popped out in foul territory but three Henry players converged on the ball and left home plate untended, allowing Cotton to race home.

Anderson tied things in the bottom of the fifth when Stockton reached on an error and eventually scored when Thompson drew a bases loaded walk to set up the dramatic finish.

“Brett Thompson really did a good job keeping us in the game, and although we had only five hits, we did have guys still do some good things at the plate,” Barnes said. “Our small ball has really improved and it looks like another year where we will have to be great bunters and base runners.

“Hopefully, we can sure up our defensive woes.”