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



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.