• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Bat Jackets beat Carroll County on senior night

THE WCHS BOYS’ BASEBALL SENIORS were honored before the Carroll County game on Monday, May 7. Front row: Blake Evans, Caleb McNeely, Luke Neff, Hunter Hilbert and Bryce Sheets. Back row: Asst. Coach West Harris, Asst. Coach Bruce Hadden, Asst. Coach David Billingsly, Asst. Coach Luke Hawkins, Josh Hall, Sam Flora, Joseph Sutherland, Collin Murray, Coach Paul Patterson, Asst. Coach Greg Laswell and Asst. Coach Greg Behan. (Photo by Bill Caine)

WCHS JUNIOR GRIFFIN BLANKENSHIP gets caught in a run-down in the Jackets’ 8-4 win over Sayre on May 3 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Bat Jackets won their eighth game in a row beating Carroll County, 8-2, on Monday May 7. It was senior night at Chandler field and the Jackets had multi hit games from seniors Josh Hall, and Caleb McNeely, and junior Charlie Corum. Junior Ben Browning and Corum each had a pair of RBI.

Senior Joe Sutherland pitched three innings and allowed one run on three hits, while striking out four. Sophomore Conner Jackson pitched four innings in relief. He gave up three hits and struck out seven.

The Jackets scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third on a double by Corum, who later scored on a single by Hall. Two runs scored in the bottom of the fourth when Browning singled to center field.

WCHS senior Bryce Sheets hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Hall in the bottom of the fifth and senior Luke Neff hit an RBI single later in the inning.

Jackson struck out the side in the top of the seventh inning to end the game.

Tates Creek

The Bat Jackets beat Tates Creek 6-5 on a walk-off walk on Friday, May 4. WCHS senior Collin Murray pitched four and a third innings. He gave up two earned runs on three hits and a pair of walks. Joe Sutherland pitched two and two-thirds innings. He gave up two earned runs on four hits and two walks.

The Jackets scored in the bottom of the first on a single by senior Josh Hall and scored again in the bottom of the second on a wild pitch.

Tates Creek scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a passed ball and single. The Commodores took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning on a single to right field.

The Jackets tied the game in the fifth inning on a passed ball. In the bottom of the sixth, Browning tripled to drive home Guadagni for a 4-3 lead. McNeely grounded out to second base and Browning scored on an error to increase the Woodford lead to 5-3.

After losing a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning, the Jackets loaded the bases and Noah Pictor walked to drive in the winning run.


The Bat Jackets beat Sayre, 8-4 on Wednesday, May 2 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. WCHS senior Hunter Hilbert started the game for the Jackets and was terrific on the mound. He allowed two hits in four-and-two-third innings while striking out six.

The Jackets started the game with a pair of triples by McNeely and Browning to take a 1-0 lead. Corum was hit by a pitch, and he and Browning later scored on an error to make the score 3-0.

Browning hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the second and later scored on an error by the Sayre shortstop. Johnson hit an RBI single up the middle to make the score 8-0.

Sayre scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning, but McNeely closed the door on the rally with a pair of strikeouts.

Browning went three-for-three at the plate and had a pair of RBI. Johnson chipped in with two RBI.

“We started this game hot and put the bat on the ball early,” said WCHS Coach Paul Patterson. “I think we took our foot off the gas for a bit and the guys know they can't do that. Everyone got a chance to get on the field here and find out what it's like to play in a stadium and our goal is to get back here and play for a state championship. The goal right now is to stay healthy and get everyone reps to be ready when district play starts.”

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