• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Bat Jackets pick up first win of the season

WCHS JUNIOR SKYELAR JOHNSON, pictured earlier this season, was one for four with a run scored in the Jackets win at Bryan Station. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School varsity baseball team won its first game of the season at Bryan Station High School on Tuesday, March 27. The Bat Jackets had a solid start by senior Collin Murray who went four innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.

WCHS junior Charlie Corum, and seniors Byrce Sheets and Josh Hall chipped in with two hits each. Corum had two RBI to lead the Jackets.

WCHS sophomore Skyelar Johnson led off the second inning with a single and junior Griffin Blankenship singled past the second baseman.

Sheets singled on a line drive to right field driving in Johnson for the first run of the game. Sheets advanced to second on the throw to the plate. Blankenship scored on a single by sophomore Noah Pictor and junior Leo Guadagni sacrificed to the first baseman to advance the runners to second and third. After junior Ben Browning struck out, Corum stepped in with two on and two out and delivered bringing in a pair of runs. The Jackets led 4-0 after two innings.

The Jackets scored again in the fourth inning. Pictor walked to start the rally and then a single by Guadagni advanced him to third base. Browning sacrificed to the pitcher scoring Pictor.

The Defenders scored two runs in the top of the fifth on a pair of errors and a single by junior Tyeler Hawkins.

WCHS senior Hunter Hilbert entered the game in the top of the fifth after surrendering a leadoff single. Hilbert struck out a pair of batters to get out of thejam.

The Bat Jackets scored again in the sixth inning. Corum walked, then got to second base on a passed ball. Hall singled scoring Corum to make the score 6-2.

The Defenders put a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but their rally was cut short when a runner was thrown out at the plate to end the game.

Hilbert pitched three innings of relief allowing two hits while striking out four.

After a tournament over spring break in Cocoa, Fla, the Bat Jackets face Frankfort in a home and away series on April 10 and 11.

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