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Cards need only three hits to deck visting Eagles 7-1

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Will meet for third time in first round of district tourney on May 21.

By Bobby Brockman

 

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Taylor County needed only three hits, but took advantage of eight walks, two hit batsmen and two errors to post a 7-1 district triumph at Shaw Field over Campbellsville on Thursday.
The Cardinals, 20-9 overall and 5-1 vs. district foes, struck in the bottom of the first after a walk, an Eagle error and a hit batsman loaded the bags.
Jason Reynolds’ sacrifice fly made it 1-0 and led 2-0 after a double steal and a wild pitch.
In the fourth, Taylor County got the first two on via the walk and went up 4-0 on Levi Smith’s run-scoring single to left field and Logan Tucker’s RBI hit in the same location.
After another walk and line-out, TCHS added a fifth run on another Campbellsville miscue and led 6-0 on Blake Caulk’s bases-filled pass.
The Eagles scratched their lone run in the top of the fifth on a single to Brett Kearney and a one-out double to Aylette Cowherd. Kearney and Cowherd each had two hits for in Campbellsville’s six-hit attack.
The Cardinals tallied their final run in the bottom of the fifth after a walk and stolen base by Blake Dudgeon (his fourth), two fly balls — the last being a sacrifice fly by Tucker.
Taylor County’s only other safety was a second-inning infield hit by Will Hollingsworth.
Junior southpaw Don Dabney went the distance for coach Jeff Gumm’s club to pick up the mound victory.
With the loss, Campbellsville (10-17-1, 2-4) is stuck with the No. 4 seed in the 20th District Tournament and must play the top-seeded Cardinals in the opening tilt on May 21.