• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Bat Jackets win 11th in a row


WCHS JUNIOR BEN BROWNING had a pair of RBI in the Bat Jackets’ win over Boyle County Monday, May 14 at Chandler Field. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School baseball team continued its march towards the postseason with a 3-2 victory over Boyle County on Monday, May 14. The win was their 11th straight. WCHS senior Hunter Hilbert pitched five innings, allowing one run on five hits. WCHS senior Caleb McNeely pitched two innings and allowed three hits.

WCHS junior Ben Browning hit an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to give the Jackets an early lead. Boyle County tied the game in the second inning on three errors committed by the Woodford infielders. Hilbert escaped a bases-loaded jam on a fly out to centerfield.

WCHS sophomore Skyelar Johnson scored Blake Evans on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth to give the Jackets a 2-1 lead. The Rebels threatened in the top of the fifth inning with a runner in scoring position, but WCHS junior Charlie Corum threw the runner out at third on an attempted steal.

Browning picked up his second RBI of the night in the bottom of the fifth when he singled to left field.

The Rebels scored one run in the top of the seventh, but McNeely got the final batter to ground out to end the game.

Ashland Blazer

WCHS senior Collin Murray pitched a gem in a 9-0 win over Ashland Blazer in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, May 12. Murray pitched seven scoreless innings allowing only four hits while striking out five.

WCHS junior Griffin Blankenship and sophomore Skyelar Johnson had three RBI each. Junior Leo Guadagni drove in a pair of runs, and junior Charlie Corum plated one. Senior Sam Flora was two-for-four at the plate and scored a pair of runs.

Bardstown

The Bat Jackets won a 14-7 slugfest over Bardstown High School on Saturday, May 12. The Jackets jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second inning and pulled away late, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Junior Logan Slone started the game and pitched four-and-a-third innings, allowing five runs on five hits. Sophomore Conner Jackson pitched one-and-a-third inning allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. Senior Hunter Hilbert pitched one-and-a-third inning, striking out one.

McNeely and Corum drove in three runs each, and both stole a pair of bases.

Bardstown

The Bat Jackets won, 14-5, over Bardstown on Wednesday, May 9. Woodford outscored Bardstown 9-1 in the final four innings. WCHS sophomore Will Hall started the game for the Jackets. He pitched one-and-a-third inning allowing five hits and one earned run. Sophomore Kyle Sims pitched three-and-two-thirds innings allowing six hits and two earned runs. Junior Griffin Blankenship and senior Sam Flora both pitched a scoreless inning.

McNeely was three-for-four at the plate and Josh Hall was two-for-four with three RBI. Flora and sophomore Skyelar Johnson each had a home run. Junior Leo Guadagni led the Jackets with two stolen bases.

Henry County

The Bat Jackets pitched a combined no-hitter against Henry County in a 1-0 victory on Tuesday, May 8. WCHS senior Collin Murray pitched six hitless innings and struck out five. WCHS senior Hunter Hilbert pitched two-thirds of an inning to earn the save.

The lone run came in the bottom of the first inning. McNeely tripled to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Ben Browning.

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