Owensboro Catholic finished its momentary purpose within the opening spherical of the ninth District Baseball Tournament, which used to be to transport directly to the third Region Tournament, on a heat Saturday afternoon.
Catholic scored a lot of runs within the first 3 innings, then settled in for a 7-1 win over Owensboro High School at Apollo High School’s Eagle Park.
The No. 5 Aces will meet Apollo within the ninth District championship sport Tuesday at 7 p.m. Apollo dropped Daviess County 16-6 within the opening ninth District tourney sport of the day. Catholic is 26-4.
Catholic starter Sam McFarland pitched 5 innings and mixed with Hayden Ward to scatter 8 hits whilst now not giving up an earned run. Catholic did devote 3 mistakes.
“Our pitching, I think we can go to six, seven guys and feel comfortable about it,” Catholic trainer Jody Hamilton stated.
Brady Atwell hit an extended unmarried to attain two runs and assist Catholic to a 3-0 lead within the backside of the primary inning. Luke Evans had a sacrifice fly rating a run, and Parker Heistand put down a bunt that resulted in an error and scored some other run in the second one inning for a 5-0 Catholic benefit. John Michael Frey walked to steer off the inning and scored.
A run scored on a wild pitch within the 3rd for Catholic, and some other run scored from 3rd whilst a rundown used to be on between first and 2nd. Catholic didn’t rating during the last 3 innings.
“I thought we came out really focused, we got them down, I cautioned them about getting ahead and just not putting teams away,” Hamilton stated. “Credit them, they kept fighting. We didn’t do the things I thought we needed to do to get another run or two runs in.
“We still hit a few balls hard, but I still feel like we can be better. Most coaches probably wouldn’t complain scoring seven runs, but I’m a guy that’s going to complain. This was our 30th game and we’ve given up 91 runs, if we can usually hold a team under three we’re probably going to win.”
Will Rickard got here on in aid for OHS within the 3rd and gave up two hits and less runs with 3 strikeouts and a stroll. Cayden Ray used to be the beginning pitcher and went 2.2 innings.
Blake Kimbrell used to be 2-for-3 with the one run scored for OHS within the 5th inning. Eli Hampton used to be additionally 2-for-4.
“Will did a really good job, he came in a tough spot, top of the lineup, and he mixed it up enough for them not to string stuff together,” OHS trainer Jake Fiorella stated.
OHS ended its season 13-17.
“At the end of the day I’d take (0-30) with one district win on May 14, but, yes, I’m proud of our guys. They kept working,” Fiorella stated. “I like the pieces of the puzzle we have, we just have to put that puzzle together a little sooner. With a little experience and maturity we gained through this season, we’re going to be able to do that.
“This team (Catholic) is really good with two strikes, they’re really tough to get out, and they hit the ball hard.”
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