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Seven-run seventh sends Eagles to sixth straight

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Second CHS frosh, Hash, earns district mound victory

By Bobby Brockman

 

No. 4-seed Campbellsville continued its late run by upending No. 3-seed Taylor County 12-9 to capture the 20th District Baseball Tournament championship on Thursday night at Lindsey Wilson College.
It was coach Kirby Smith’s Eagles sixth straight district title.
“Once we lost (starting catcher) Stealth Townley (to injury), I was wondering if we were capable of doing this,” Smith said.
“We were returning  so many young players who hadn’t experienced this.
“But we hit a point where we could see improvement, even though it wasn’t in wins.
“We just told the kids to not worry about winning, but competing.
“And, then we played well, but lost to Central Hardin and Russell County and then I started realizing again maybe we did were capable of making a little run at this thing.”
The Eagles led 2-0 on a single by Caleb Gupton and a triple by winning pitcher Austin Hash in the third inning.
However, the Cardinals batted a run in the bottom of the frame and led 5-2 after run-scoring hits by Jason Reynolds, Tyler Frogge, a ground-out by Daniel Carney and a single by John Robert Wood around an Eagle wild pitch.
TCHS added a run in the fourth after Don Dabney was hit by a pitch and Blake Caulk singled.
Campbellsville crept within 6-5 in the fifth on with only one hit (a bunt single by Bradley Bates) as the Cardinals hit a batter, walked another and had three miscues.
The seventh inning proved even more treacherous for Taylor County as they committed three more errors while the Eagles put up a seven spot with pinch-hitter Owen Weeks, Josh Roe and Clayton Russell producing key hits.
Trailing 12-6, Taylor County responded with three runs in the bottom of the eighth as Caulk, Frogge and Carney had hits.
Caulk, Reynolds and Frogge had two hits for the Cards while Gupton and Roe had two apiece for the Eagles.