• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Bat Jackets lose a wild one at Dunbar

WCHS JUNIOR BEN BROWNING connects with a ball in the first inning of the Jackets’ 5-1 win over Western Hills on Wednesday, April 18. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School boys' baseball team lost 13-12 at Paul Laurence Dunbar on Friday, April 20. The Bat jackets trailed 11-6 in the top of the fifth but scored five runs in the inning to tie the game. The Jackets surrendered the lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning, allowing a pair of runs to score. The Jackets added a run in the top of the seventh, but fell short with runners in scoring position.

WCHS junior Ben Browning was three for five at the plate with two RBI. WCHS junior Griffin Blankenship was two for two with a pair of RBI and sophomore Skyelar Johnson drove in a pair of runs while going two for four at the plate.

WCHS sophomore Kyle Sims started the game and allowed six earned runs in two and two thirds innings. He walked five batters and struck out three.

Western Hills

The Bat Jackets rebounded from a one-run loss on Tuesday night to beat the Western Hills Wolverines 5-1 at Chandler Field on Wednesday, April 18. The Jackets turned to senior Hunter Hilbert on the mound and he delivered ,allowing only three hits and striking out 11 batters in seven innings.

WCHS senior Sam Flora drove in the first run of the game when he singled in senior Bryce Sheets who scored from second base. The Jackets added three runs in the bottom of the third inning when junior Griffin Blankenship was walked and Sheets was hit by a pitch. Blankenship scored on an error by the Wolverine catcher to increase the lead to 4-0.

WCHS senior Caleb McNeely drove in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning when he grounded out to second base, scoring junior Leo Gudagni.

The Wolverines scored its lone run in the top of the seventh inning, but Hilbert closed the game with a strikeout.

The Bat Jackets fell 8-7 to Western Hills on Tuesday, April 17. Both teams scored all of their runs in the first three innings. The Wolverines scored three runs in the bottom of the third and that was the difference in the game. WCHS senior Collin Murray started the game for the Jackets. He pitched two and one-third of an inning, giving up eight runs on nine hits while striking out three batters.

In the top of the first, Browning scored from third on a fly out to left field by Flora. Blankenship doubled to right field to drive in a pair of runs and a third run scored on an errant throw from center field to increase the Woodford lead to 4-0.

The Wolverines scored their first run after Murray hit a batter with the bases loaded. Western Hills struck for two more runs in the inning on a two-run single to cut the deficit to one.

The Jackets scored three runs in the top of the second on singles by Flora and Hall.

The Wolverines scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the second inning on three singles and a pair of walks. In the bottom of the third inning, the Wolverines scored on three singles and a walk.

Guadagni went three for five at the plate for the Jackets. Flora and Blankenship both had a pair of RBI.

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