Eagles eliminated by 12-2 by Bruins in semifinals

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CHS downed Green 5-2 on opening night.

By Bobby Brockman

Campbellsville never trailed but had to battle Green County to the wire before posting a 5-3 triumph in the final first-round game of the Fifth Region Baseball Tournament at John Hardin.

The Eagles (15-12) led 1-0 before the first lightning delay on a double by Ben Janes and a Green County balk.

CHS made it 2-0 in the third when Zach Altman was hit by a pitch, stole second and was singled home by Aaron Schwoebel.

The Dragons used a double from Chavis McDermott and a single by Justin Givens to cut its deficit to 2-1.

However, the Eagles went up 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a Jeffrey Eastridge bunt single, a pair of GCHS miscues, an infield ground-out by Altman and a two-run single by CHS starting pitcher Chris Holmes.

After another 30-minute lightning delay, Green County plated two runs in the sixth on a single by McDermott, a triple by Jordan Scott and a wild pitch.

The Dragons loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but the senior Holmes, who struck out nine, finished his complete-game effort with an infield pop-up.

Schwoebel was a perfect 4-4 on-base (a single, two walks and was one of four Eagles hit by a pitch) while Brett Kearney's sixth-inning double was the only other CHS hit.

"It was good to win in spite of not getting the hits that we had the two previous games," Eagle head coach Kirby Smith offered. "Chris Holmes did a great job on the hill for us. I was really concerned when the second lighting delay came, but he was able to finish the game strong.

"I thought we had a chance early on to put some space between us, but we were not able to get the hits. We left too many runners on."


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Central Hardin loaded the bases without the benefit of a ball out of the infield and rolled to an 11-run first frame and an easy 12-2 victory over Campbellsville in the Fifth Region Baseball Tournament semifinals on Tuesday night at John Hardin.

After battling through lightning delays on Monday, the Eagles (15-13) waited 30 minutes on Tuesday for a sun delay that prevented batters and catchers (and, one supposes, umpires) from looking toward right center field.

The delay did not seem to bother the 17th District-champion Bruins as they had nine hits in the first inning and never looked back for the Eagles.

Junior Ben Janes, who had half (a third-inning double and a fifth-inning single) of Campbellsville's four hits also cooled down the Central Hardin bats by pitching the final 4 1/3 innings and scattering seven hits with only one Bruin run.

Chris Holmes and Adam Simmons reached on infield singles for the other CHS hits while Taylor Levi, Kyle Martin and starting pitcher Aaron Schwoebel walked and Holmes was hit by a pitch for the other Eagle safeties.

Central Hardin (27-7) battled Elizabethtown for the region crown yesterday.