• Mike Muncy, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS Baseball wins three games on the road, loses to Paul Dunbar

After dropping their season opener to Lexington Christian Academy (3-2), the Yellow Jackets came back strong last Wednesday to blow out East Jessamine 8-1. Woodford County continued its momentum against Bryan Station winning 8-2 before losing 14-7 to Paul Dunbar. The Yellow Jackets finished up a busy week on the baseball diamond with another road game against Scott County, winning 9-6.

Charlie Corum got things going early in the top of the first inning for Woodford County against East Jessamine with a home run to drive home Skyelar Johnson to make it 2-0. Woodford County would score twice more in the top of the third inning, with Johnson scoring on a passed ball and Corum scoring on a sacrifice fly by Tanner Cavins to bring the score up to 4-0. Johnson would score again in the top of the fifth thanks to a ground out to second base by Griffin Blankenship to make it-5-1. Woodford extended its dominating lead in the top of the seventh with Johnson, Blankenship and Cavins driving in runs to give the Yellow Jackets an 8-1 lead. Kyle Sims was on the mound for four innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out three. Calvins led the Yellow Jackets with two hits in three at bats. The first four innings had the Yellow Jackets tied 2-2 with the Defenders of Bryan Station. The offense got rolling with three runs to get a 5-2 lead to close out the top of the fifth. Ben Browning, Griffin Blankenship and Tanner Cavins each batted in runs to help the Yellow Jackets pull away. Connor Jackson’s double in the top of the seventh allowed Blankenship and Cavins to score bringing the score to 7-2. Robert McNealy singled on the next at bat allowing Jackson to score. Will Hall started things out for the Yellow Jackets on the mound. He allowed four hits and two runs over four innings, striking out two. Yellow Jackets suffer second loss of the season against Paul Dunbar, 14-7 The Yellow Jackets fell behind 5-3 in the first inning against the Bulldogs, and never recovered. Paul Dunbar didn’t let up, scoring a total of 14 runs. Despite netting 11 hits and four home runs, the Yellow Jackets just couldn’t hold the Bulldogs down defensively. Ben Browning drove in four runners in the loss, including home runs in the first and third innings. Logan Slone started things out on the mound for the Yellow Jackets, allowing six runs on four hits in one inning. Griffin Blankenship, Colin Sims, and Browning all pitched in relief for the Yellow Jackets. Yellow Jackets pull out win against Scott County, 9-6 Woodford County would not be denied by the Cardinals, tying things up at six apiece in the top of the seventh inning, going on to score three more runs in the top of the eighth to secure the win for the Yellow Jackets, 9-6. Scott County jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first, but Woodford would answer with three runs of its own in the third inning. The bottom of the fourth inning saw Scott County take the lead back with Cade McKee doubling on a line drive, allowing Chase Grigsby, Philip Garner and Trace Willhoite to score. Scott County closed out the fourth with a three-run lead. Skyelar Johnson doubled on a line drive in the top of the sixth inning to put Woodford back in contention. Gabe Jerdon and Leo Guadagni both scored to make it 6-5. Griffin Blankenship stole second, setting up Charlie Corum on a steal of home in the top of the seventh to tie things up at six apiece. The top of the eighth inning saw Tanner Cavins get hit by a pitch, allowing Jerdon to score to give the Yellow Jackets the lead. Cavins was up next and was also hit by a pitch, allowing Johnson to score. Jackson was then hit by a pitch, allowing Corum to score making it 9-6. Scott County was unable to make up for its pitching mistakes in the bottom of the eighth, giving Woodford County the win, 9-6.

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