• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Bat Jackets defeat Franklin County, Scott County

PARKER THOMAS started for Woodford against district rival Franklin County at home on Wednesday, April 20, and pitched a gem to help the Bat Jackets get a 3-2 win. (Photo by Steve Blake/multiexposures.com)

The Woodford County High School baseball team played three home games over the last week, winning two and losing one. The team’s first game was on Wednesday, April 20, and it defeated district rival Franklin County 2-1. The team followed that with a 8-6 win over Scott County on Friday, April 22, and then on Monday, April 25, they lost to Henry Clay 10-1. With those games complete, Woodford is now 10-10 overall, 5-4 in the region and 3-1 in the district. In its 2-1 win over Franklin County, Woodford’s Parker Thomas got the start and pitched a gem of a game. The junior pitched all seven innings and had four strikeouts, while only giving up one run, one walk and four hits to the Flyers. Offensively, Woodford sophomore Caleb McNeely and junior Alec Neff scored to give the Jackets the two runs they needed to win the game. McNeely had two hits in three at bats in the game. Then in its 8-6 win over Scott County, Woodford junior Jack Ockerman got the start and pitched 5-1/3 innings and had six strikeouts while giving up six runs, eight hits and three walks. Ockerman was relieved in the fifth inning by senior Clay Rouse, who pitched 1-1/3 innings and had two strikeouts to close out the game. On offense, the Woodford batters did their job to score their eight runs in the game. McNeely had three hits in three at-bats and scored twice, while Ockerman had two hits in four at-bats and scored two runs and had an RBI, and senior Colin Enlow had one hit in two at-bats and scored one run. Junior Seth Dentin also scored two runs as a courtesy runner. Then in its 10-1 loss to Henry Clay on Monday, Woodford was without head coach Paul Patterson, who is riding a three-game suspension after being ejected from the game against Scott County for arguing a balk call. In the game, the Blue Devils pounced on the Bat Jackets with six runs in the first inning, and then behind strong pitching and solid defense, never allowed Woodford to get any momentum in the game. Meanwhile, Woodford used four pitchers in the game. Getting the start was senior Mason Robinette, who pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up six runs, on four hits and two walks. Dentin came in to relieve Robinette, pitched three innings and had four strikeouts, while giving up three runs, two hits and two walks. Rouse came in to relieve Dentin in the fifth inning, pitched 2-1/3 innings and had one strikeout, while giving up one run, five hits and two walks. Trey Thurman came into the game in the seventh inning to close out the game for Woodford. The senior pitched one inning and had two strikeouts. Offensively, Woodford scored its only run in the fifth inning. It began with Denton leading off and hitting a single to right field. Then, with senior Nate Beavers at bat, Henry Clay tried to pick off Denton at first and over threw the ball, which allowed Denton to reach second. Beavers eventually struck out, but then with Rouse at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Denton to score to give Woodford its only run of the game and made it 8-1. Henry Clay scored two more runs in the sixth inning to take a 10-1 lead, which was the final score.

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