Bearcats upset regional favorite

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By John Herndon

Anderson County might have scored its most impressive win of the 2018 high school baseball season with a 7-4 win over defending regional champion and 18th-ranked Simon Kenton Saturday in Independence.

Anderson pitcher Timmy Rogers battled for six innings to pick up the win while reliever Bailey Turner came in to get the final three outs.

“I don’t think Timmy threw his best game, but he battled through some stressful innings,” said Anderson coach L.W. Barnes. “He didn’t have great command of his offspeed stuff, but his fastball was pretty effective.”

Rogers scattered seven hits, struck out four and gave up one earned run.

Turner took the hill in the bottom of the seventh and fell behind the leadoff hitter, 3-1, but after several foul balls got the out on a weak line drive. Turner then recorded a pair of strikeouts to end things.

“Our kids were excited and it was great to see,” Barnes said.

Zach Labhart led the Anderson attack with a pair of doubles and two big RBI in the sixth to push the lead to 7-2.

Blake Franklin delivered a pair of hits while Rogers got on base three times with walks and being hit by a pitch. Carson Alexander also smacked a pair of hits as the Bearcats stroked nine hits.

Elizabethtown 8, Anderson Co. 4

Elizabethtown scored three times in the bottom of the second, then broke things open with three more in the third to defeat Anderson County, 8-4, in high school baseball action Thursday.

The Panthers hit four Anderson pitchers for their 15th win against 10 losses.

Elizabethtown freshman Camden Williams picked up the win while Anderson junior Colton Cornish took the loss.

Labhart smacked a double while Sam Harrod powered aa triple for the Bearcats.

North Bullitt 13, Anderson Co. 11

The Bearcats blew a four-run lead heading into the seventh inning as visiting North Bullitt rallied for a 13-11 win over the Bearcats Friday night.

“Offensively, we played pretty well,” Barnes said. “We just didn’t pitch for the most part.”

Starter Spencer Davis threw well for three innings, according to Barnes, but the remainder of the Anderson mound parade was unable to shut the door.

Anderson led 8-1 after two innings, but the Eagles plated four runs in the top of the third to stay in the game. “We were just about ready to slam the door, then those four runs just gave them enough confidence to keep playing,” Barnes said.

Anderson still led 11-7 going into the final inning but the Bearcats made a defensive error, then issued a walk “and the wheels came off,” according to Barnes.

Scott Co. 13, Anderson Co. 3

The Cardinals jumped all over the Bearcats for the “mercy rule” win Monday night.

Anderson enters the final week of the season at 7-20.