• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS baseball falls to Collins for fifth-straight loss

While the Woodford County High School baseball team has been playing well over the last few weeks, they have also fallen into a six-game losing streak. The losing streak began on Thursday, April 28, with an 8-5 home loss to Bryan Station. That was followed by a 6-1 home loss to Anderson County on Tuesday, May 3, a 5-4 road loss to Sayre on Thursday, May 5, another loss to Bryan Station, this one a 4-0 loss on the road on Friday, May 6, and then a 4-1 home loss to Collins on Saturday, May 7. With those games in the books, the Bat Jackets find themselves with an 11-15 overall record and a 6-7 region record. The one bright spot has been in the district, where Woodford is in second place with a 4-1 record. In the game against Collins, junior Parker Thomas got the start, and while two men got on base, he got the Titans out before they could score in the top of the first inning. Then in the bottom of the first, Woodford also got two men on base, but like Collins were unable to score. Neither team was able to score in the second inning, but Collins got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning, as they took a 2-0 lead. Then, with two men still on base, Thomas got a strikeout to end the inning. The score remained 2-0 through the fourth and fifth innings. Then in the top of the sixth inning, sophomore Colin Murray relieved Thomas. But, Collins struck for another run to take a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Woodford finally got on the board to make it a 3-1 ball game. It began when freshman Charlie Corum was hit by a pitch and reached first. Sophomore Sam Flora came in as a courtesy runner. Next up was senior Colin Enlow who blasted a hit to center field, which reached the fence and allowed Flora to score. That was the only run Woodford scored in the game, while Collins added one more run in the top of the seventh to take a 4-1 lead, which was the final score. The Bat Jackets used four pitchers in the game. Thomas had the start and pitched five innings and had eight strikeouts while giving up two runs on five hits and two walks. Murray pitched one inning and gave up one run on one hit. Senior Seth Denton pitched 1/3rd of an inning and gave up one run on four hits, while sophomore Joseph Sutherland closed out the game, pitching 2/3rds of an inning and gave up no runs and no hits. Against Anderson County, senior Nate Beavers got the start and pitched 6-1/3 innings and had nine strikeouts, while giving up six runs on four hits and two walks. Senior Clay Rouse came in and relieved Beavers and pitched 2/3rds of an inning. Woodford’s only run in the game came on an RBI by Thomas. In Woodford’s 5-4 road loss to Bryan Station, junior Jack Ockerman got the start and pitched 4-2/3 innings and had five strikeouts, while giving up two runs in five hits and seven walks. Rouse came in to relieve Ockerman and pitched three innings and had one strikeout while giving up three runs on two hits and four walks. Rouse and sophomore Josh Hall had RBIs. Then in Woodford’s 4-0 road loss to Bryan Station, sophomore Hunter Hilbert got the start and pitched 4-2/3rd innings and had one strikeout while giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. Sophomore Joseph Sutherland came in to relive Hilbert and pitched 1-1/3 innings. Finally, in the team’s latest game on Monday, May 9, Woodford travelled to Frankfort to complete a game against Western Hills that was called earlier this year due to lightening and rain. In the end, Western Hills got the win 13-3. Thomas got the start and pitched 1-1/3rd innings and had one strike out, while giving up seven runs on seven hits and one walk. Also pitching for Woodford in the game was Beavers, Rouse, Murray, Southerland and freshman Griffin Blankenship. Western Hills finished with 12 hits, while Woodford had four.

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