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Bearcat baseball struggles in early season
Anderson County baseball saw its season-opening losing streak run to five games with losses to three Louisville schools in the latest diamond action.
DeSales whipped the Bearcats 9-2 in the first game of the Charger Classic, held at Bullitt East High School Friday night.
“DeSales threw their number one (pitcher), and we hit him hard, but often right at their defense,” said Anderson coach L.W. Barnes.
Barnes said pitcher Landon Case was effective before being lifted. “Case really threw well, but down 3-1 and his pitch count at 86, we took him out,” Barnes said.
Reliever Josh Brown also threw against the Colts. Barnes said Brown “threw well again, but we let him down defensively.”
Saturday, Male pounded the Bearcats 13-1. “Male was never a game. … After two innings, Male had 10 runs on five hits and eight walks or hit batters.
“Male was a great offensive team but our pitching never came close to keeping us in the game.”
Monday, Louisville Trinity defeated the Bearcats 12-2. Tuesday, Anderson was scheduled to play district foe Eminence after press time.
Barnes had expected defense to be his team’s strong suit but early in the season, the Bearcats have been hitting the ball well with little defensive help and spotty pitching.
“We are still trying to find our way into a pitching rotation,” Barnes said, “and it looks like it might be a while.”
Freshman softball places second in Lafayette tourney
The Anderson County freshman softball team finished as runners-up in the Lafayette Freshman/JV tournament held over the weekend. Anderson advanced to the championship game with wins over Scott County (8-2), Henry Clay (11-0) and Tates Creek (13-1) before suffering an 11-2 loss to the host team.
Madison Brummett got the pitching decision in all four games and went 4-for-6 at the plate.
Kaci Currenc, Alyssa Vest, Rebecca Hawkins and Bailey Curry all had big tournaments at the plate, according to coach Brent Aldridge.
Middle school softball off to good start
The Anderson County Middle School girls’ softball team has started off the season with a 4-2 mark through the first week. Eighth-grader Laiken Chesser is leading the team in RBI and batting average while eighth-grader Leann Ashby leads in runs scored and is second in both batting average and RBI. Ashby has also pitched 22 innings. The only other pitcher to see action has been Kasey Swails, throwing five innings.
The early season has seen a couple of games end on the last at-bat, Anderson coming out ahead twice. In the season opener against Woodford County, Anderson trailed the entire game until Chesser knocked in the game winning run with a walk-off double in the bottom of the fifth.
Two games later Woodford dealt Anderson a walk-off blow when an errant throw to the plate resulted in the game winning run for Woodford. Anderson also beat Bondurant in it’s last at bat wheh eighth-grader Katie Briscoe drove in Sammy Rogers to beat Bondurant 5-4 in the home opener.
“It’s been a great start to the season, I don’t think many people expected that we would compete the way we have early on,” said Anderson coach Nick Cann. “We’re a very young team, so we just have to keep working and getting better everyday. I’m excited to see where we will be at the end of the season.”