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Five Central Hardin batters reached base with two outs in a three-run fourth inning on Wednesday as Central Hardin eliminated Campbellsville 4-1 in a Fifth Region Baseball Tournament semi-final encounter on Ron Myers’ Field at Elizabethtown.
The Bruins struck first with two-out, first-inning doubles by Andrew Harrington and Derek Westerfield off Eagle starter Lake Wiseman.
Campbellsville (17-21-1) tied the score in the top of the third when Mason Wethington walked, was sacrificed to second with one out by Stealth Townley and scored on Brett Kearney’s double over the third-base bag.
It turned out to be the lone hit for coach Kirby Smith’s club, which struck out eight times including five of the game’s final six batters against sophomore right-hander Josh Krupinski.
Central Hardin had a runner on with two outs in the bottom of the fourth when No. 9 hitter Alex Crowder singled to left-field for a 2-1 cushion in front of an RBI-single by lead-off batter Cannon Ray.
After Wiseman hit Troy Squires and walked Harrington, Westerfield knocked in the final run.
Wiseman scattered seven hits in his five-inning stint with eighth-grader Austin Hash allowing a hit and a free pass in the sixth.
It was the fourth time in the last five Fifth Region Tourneys that the Eagles have lost to the Bruins and the third time during that span that CHS has lost to the eventual regional champion. (CHS lost to Elizabethtown in 2010 when Central Hardin won the title and to Central Hardin in 2009 when Elizabethtown wore the crown.)
The Bruins (31-9) defeated LaRue County (29-10) 4-2 for the title on Saturday after Thursday’s title tilt was suspended in the second inning and Friday’s game was postponed. LaRue County had disposed of Adair County 11-1 in five innings in Wednesday’s first semi-final clash.
Central Hardin, which won its fourth straight region championship and the Bruins' fifth title in the last six seasons, plays in the state tournament today at 11 a.m. vs. Fourth Region victor South Warren.