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PREP BASEBALL: Eagles upset No. 2 PRP

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By Josh Claywell

 

Campbellsville baseball coach Blake Milby has said he wants Ryan Kearney on the mound in big-game situations, knowing he will give the Eagles everything he’s got.

The junior left-hander helped them pick up their biggest win of the season Tuesday night.

Kearney was efficient and effective, striking out five and scattering three hits, three walks and one earned run as homestanding Campbellsville knocked off second-ranked Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park, 2-1.

“He embraced the challenge and loves the big stage,” Milby said of Kearney in a text message Wednesday morning. “He was able to establish all of his pitches early and did a great job keeping their hitters off balance.”

That was no easy task, especially with the Panthers (18-5) averaging 7.5 runs per game entering the game. And PRP had its ace, University of Louisville-bound senior Garrett Schmeltz, starting opposite Kearney.

The Eagles (13-11) only had four hits against Schmeltz, but Milby felt his players were able to put pressure on him when needed.

“Offensively, we just found ways to put the ball in play and force pressure – and against a guy like Schmeltz, I’m super proud of my guys,” he said. “It doesn’t tell them anything that we don’t already preach daily. If we have the same approach and execute all of the small things on a daily basis, we can play with anyone.”

The game was tied at 1-all heading to the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and senior Wyatt Houk at the plate, Kearney advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on an error to seal the victory over the defending state champions.

“Opportunities to play the defending state champs and No. 2-ranked team in Kentucky don’t come along often,” Milby said. “To come out with a win against a program like PRP is huge for our guys as we go down the stretch heading into the postseason.”

The Eagles also beat Mercer County 4-3 on Monday, lost to North Hardin 7-6 on Friday and rallied past Casey County 8-6 on Thursday.

Houk struck out three in one inning of work as Campbellsville held off Mercer County. Freshman John Orberson finished with two hits for the Eagles, who were held to six total.

North Hardin staved off a comeback in the seventh inning, allowing Campbellsville to score once to make it a one-run game. But the Trojans shut the door, turning a double play after Houk singled to drive in Kearney to make it 7-6.

Orberson and freshman Arren Hash each had two hits for the Eagles.

Kearney went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and two RBIs in Campbellsville’s win over Casey County.

Orberson had two hits, two runs and an RBI, while Houk drove in a pair of runs.

Kearney struck out seven over five innings for the win. He gave up six hits, five earned runs and three walks. Senior Ethan Lay earned the save, striking out two in two innings.

Taylor County wins four times

 

The Taylor County Cardinals continue to be red-hot as the postseason approaches, picking up four more wins.

Taylor County beat Casey County, 9-3 on Tuesday; John Hardin, 11-1 on Monday; Metcalfe County, 16-4 on Saturday in the R. Fred Capps Tournament at Cumberland County; and Louisville Fairdale, 11-1 on Friday.

The Cardinals (19-6) have won eight in a row.

Senior Tanner White homered and doubled, while junior Grant McQueary had three hits and three runs to pace Taylor County past Casey County.

Junior Cameron Kosid finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and sophomore Wesley Burton had two singles and an RBI for the Cardinals, who trailed 2-0 after the first inning.

Senior Collin Watson went the distance for the win, striking out six. He gave up three walks, two hits and one earned run.

White had three hits and four RBIs as Taylor County beat John Hardin for the second time this season. McQueary had two doubles, two runs and two RBIs, with sophomore Dawson Cole contributing two singles, two runs and two RBIs. Sophomore Wesley Burton doubled among his two hits.

Cole (5-1) struck out six and gave up just three hits and one earned run in six innings for the victory.

White homered for the first time this season and drove in four runs as the Cardinals beat Metcalfe County on Saturday. McQueary was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, while junior Ben Bertram had two hits.

Cole hit a three-run homer to spark Taylor County past Fairdale.

McQueary chipped in with two hits, two runs and three RBIs, while junior Cameron Kosid went 2-for-2 with a double and four RBIs.