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PREP BASEBALL: Goodin leads Cardinals past No. 11 Central Hardin

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By Josh Claywell

D.J. Goodin helped the Taylor County Cardinals pick up one of their biggest wins of the season Monday evening.

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The junior hit a three-run home run and threw a complete-game two-hit shutout as Taylor County upended the 11th-ranked Central Hardin Bruins, 11-0 in five innings.

“One thing about D.J., there is no fear,” longtime Cardinals coach Jeff Gumm said. “He was ready for the challenge, he enjoyed the challenge. When he can hit spots with his fastball, it makes his curveball really good. He’s a competitor.

“And then in the fourth inning he hit that three-run homer. It was definitely a good night for D.J. against the 11th-ranked team in the state.”

Goodin’s homer, driving in sophomore Dawson Cole and senior Marcus Moore, capped Taylor County’s 10-run fourth inning. The Cardinals loaded the bases with no outs in the frame, sending 14 batters to the plate.

Moore scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead. Junior Grant McQueary drew a bases-loaded walk, then Goodin and sophomore Wes Burton scored when junior Griffin Hall reached on an error. Junior Cameron Kosid followed with a two-run single and Moore singled to drive in Kosid for an 8-0 lead. After the Bruins recorded an out, Goodin connected for his second homer of the season.

“It was a good feeling,” Gumm said. “We’ve done that here lately, where we have an inning where we hit the ball really well. We’re getting where we can draw some walks, and we’re getting hit by pitches and we’re mixing in a couple of hits and an error or two. Next thing you know, you have a big inning.”

The Cardinals, who have won four in a row and 5 of 6, caught the Bruins at an opportune time in the schedule. Entering Tuesday’s games, Central Hardin had dropped four in a row – also falling to 17th District rival Elizabethtown, No. 8 Lexington Catholic and No. 5 Scott County in that span. The Bruins were set to take on unbeaten and top-ranked Louisville St. Xavier on Tuesday night, wrapping up a tough stretch for any team.

“It’s a good win,” Gumm said. “They’re in the middle of a pretty tough stretch in their schedule, so I don’t know if they were just kind of overlooking us or not ready. Baseball’s funny. Things happen every day. It’s hard to be ready to play every day. We just kind of hit them at a good time.”

Taylor County wins series against Adair County

The Cardinals swept their final 20th District series of the season last week, taking all three games from Adair County to lock up the top seed for the postseason tournament.

Taylor County won Game 1, 8-1 on April 25, then cruised in Game 2, 8-0 and Game 3, 9-3 on April 26.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 7-0 lead in Game 1, pushing across five runs in the third. Goodin singled and drove in two runs, while Cole and Kosid each had two singles, an RBI and a run. Hall added two singles and a run.

Hall went the distance for the win, striking out five. He allowed four hits and one earned run.

In Game 2, McQueary jump-started a five-run first inning with a first-pitch solo home run. Goodin also homered among three hits, while Moore singled, doubled and drove in a run.

Cole earned the win in relief of Goodin after the game was stopped because of rain and then resumed the next day. Cole struck out five in five innings.

Taylor County needed a six-run sixth inning to rally past Adair County in Game 3.

Kosid and senior Tanner White each went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, while McQueary singled and scored twice.

Junior Ben Bertram earned the win, striking out four. Bertram allowed nine hits, three earned runs and two walks.

District seeds set

District play is over for Campbellsville, Taylor County, Adair County and Marion County. The Cardinals (6-3 in district) will be the top seed, followed by the Eagles (5-4), Knights (4-5) and Indians (3-6).

The last day of the regular season is May 19, with the district tournament starting the week of May 21 at Campbellsville. Pairings and game times will be announced at a later date.