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PREP BASEBALL: Holy Cross squeezes Eagles out of All 'A'

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By Josh Claywell

The Campbellsville Eagles knew exactly what was coming, but they couldn’t make the play that likely would have kept Friday’s game at Louisville Holy Cross going.

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Holy Cross junior Trenton Brewer perfectly executed a suicide squeeze, scoring junior Craig Thompson, to send the Cougars to a 2-1 win over the Eagles in the All ‘A’ Section 3 title game.

Campbellsville junior pitcher Ryan Kearney fielded the bunt cleanly, but Thompson won a foot race to the plate to lock up Holy Cross’ spot in the All ‘A’ State Tournament’s elite eight at Whitaker Bank Ball Park in Lexington.

“It’s frustrating, but I hate it more for our seniors that made it this far,” Eagles coach Blake Milby said. “They played a heckuva ball game. They just don’t get the opportunity to move on, so I hate it more for them that we didn’t execute – but we’ll be here again.

“They went as (to All ‘A’ state as) sophomores, but I wanted it for them again. I expect us to be back again next year. We’ll have a shot.”

The Eagles had a shot Friday night.

They took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth as Kearney scored on an error, then Kearney made it stand up by holding the Cougars in check until the seventh.

Kearney retired 10 of 11 hitters until the seventh inning, when senior Austin Streble led off the frame with a single. One out later, Thompson singled to drive in senior Andrew Brown – who was pinch running for Streble – to tie it at 1.

Junior Jake McCubbins was intentionally walked and junior Barrett Emberton singled to load the bases. Brewer then bunted to the right side of the pitcher’s mound, giving Thompson just enough time to beat Kearney to the plate.

It was a tough loss for Kearney, who struck out four in 6 1/3 innings. He scattered six hits, two earned runs and one walk.

“He deserved to win tonight,” Milby said of his left-hander. “But they’re a championship team and they found a way to make things happen. We took a tough one tonight.”

Campbellsville 11, Meade County 1

Junior Treyce Mattingly went 3-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs as the Eagles blasted the visiting Green Wave in five innings Tuesday to snap a two-game losing streak.

Senior Wyatt Houk singled and drove in three runs, while freshman John Orberson singled and scored three times.

Sophomore Noah Hughes struck out six to earn the win. He scattered three hits, three walks and one earned run.

Elizabethtown 9, Campbellsville 6

The homestanding Panthers raced out to a 9-0 lead, then had to weather a storm in the sixth inning as the Eagles scored six runs to get back in it Monday evening.

Campbellsville was retired in order in the seventh, squelching the rally.

Junior Lane Bottoms had two of the Eagles’ seven hits, while freshman Tristin Faulkner singled and drove in two runs.

Campbellsville 2, Marion County 1; Marion County 3, Campbellsville 0

The Eagles split a Sunday afternoon twinbill with 20th District foe Marion County. Campbellsville won Game 1, 2-1 and lost Game 2, 3-0. The Eagles locked up the No. 2 seed for the district tournament by winning Game 1.

Senior Wyatt Houk limited the Knights to three hits and one earned run over five innings.

Bottoms, Mattingly and Orberson singled for all of Campbellsville’s hits.

The Eagles were held to three hits and made three errors in the Game 2 loss. Bottoms, Mattingly and sophomore Brennon Wheeler all singled.

Freshman Arren Hash struck out 10 in the tough-luck setback. Hash scattered six hits, one earned run and one walk in seven innings.