• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS baseball team falls to Anderson County

The Woodford County High School baseball team started out its home game on Monday, May 3, against Anderson County with an early 1-0 lead, but the Bearcats came back strong to score a 6-1 win over the Bat Jackets. The loss comes on the heels of another loss at home on Friday, April 29, against Bryan Station. Woodford was ahead 4-0 in the game, but the Defenders came back and won it, 8-5. Prior to that on Wednesday, April 27, Woodford was on its game against Frankfort. In the district matchup, Woodford defeated Frankfort, 13-0. With those games complete, Woodford is now 11-12 overall, 6-5 in the region and 4-1 in the district. In the loss to Anderson County on Monday, senior Nate Beavers got the start and got the Bearcats out in order in the first inning. In the bottom of the first, Woodford scored first when, with one out and the bases loaded, junior Parker Thomas hit a sacrifice fly ball to left field, which allowed sophomore Caleb McNeely to score from third to give Woodford a 1-0 lead. Beavers continued to pitch strong through the fourth inning, as Woodford backed him up with some solid defense. However, Anderson County also buckled down, as their pitching and defense matched Woodford in each inning. In the top of the fifth inning, Anderson County scored a run off two hits to tie the game 1-1, then in the sixth inning took a 2-1 lead. Woodford was unable to respond, and in the seventh inning, the Bearcats scored another run to make it 3-1. Then with the bases loaded, senior Clay Rouse came in to relieve Beavers, but Anderson County shut the door, as they scored three more runs to make it a 6-1 ball game. Woodford was unable to respond in the bottom of the seventh, and Anderson County took home the victory. Beavers finished his night pitching 6-1/3rd innings and had nine strikeouts, while giving up six runs on four hits and two walks. In Woodford’s loss to Bryan Station, junior Jack Ockerman got the start and pitched 4-2/3rd innings and had five strike outs, while giving up six runs on six hits and three walks. Rouse came in and relieved him and pitched 2-2/3rds innings and gave up two runs on one hit and two walks. In the Bat Jackets win over Frankfort, Beavers got the start and pitched six innings and had nine strikeouts, while only giving up two hits. Rouse came in to relieve Beavers in the seventh inning and had two strikeouts to close out the game.

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