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PREP BASEBALL: Eagles win district title

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By Josh Claywell

 

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The Campbellsville Eagles steam rolled their way to the 20th District Baseball Tournament championship last Thursday night.

Freshman John Orberson led the way, going 4-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored, while junior Ryan Kearney was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs as Campbellsville blitzed Adair County, 16-4 in five innings.

The Eagles (18-16) won their first district title since 2013, when they beat rival Taylor County for the championship.

The Eagles were in a groove from the start against Adair County, jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning and then stretching it to 14-3 in the second.

Juniors Lane Bottoms and Treyce Mattingly collected two hits and drove in two runs apiece for the Eagles, who finished with 16 hits. Sophomore Brennon Wheeler also had a pair of hits.

Orberson and freshman Arren Hash combined on the mound for the victory. Orberson struck out four over 3 1/3 innings, and Hash registered three strikeouts and allowed just one hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

 

Campbellsville 5, Marion County 3

A three-run deficit wasn’t too big to overcome for the Eagles, who rallied from a 3-0 hole to knock off the Marion County Knights in the district semifinals on May 23.

Bottoms connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth, lifting Campbellsville into a 3-all tie. The Eagles then took the lead in the next inning, as Kearney scored on a sacrifice fly by Mattingly and Orberson came around to score when sophomore Brennon Wheeler singled.

Kearney did the rest from there, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to preserve the victory. Marion County loaded the bases with two outs, but Kearney induced a routine fielder’s choice to end the game.

Kearney finished with eight strikeouts, while allowing seven hits, one earned run and one walk.

Orberson had two of the Eagles’ five hits, including a double.

 

5th Region Tournament

The Eagles continue to wait for the chance to open the 5th Region Baseball Tournament, where they will face the Bardstown Tigers. The game has been postponed twice as of press time due to inclement weather.