3rd Region Baseball Tournament field set; starts today at Grayson County

June 5, 2021 | 12:04 am

Updated June 5, 2021 | 9:59 am

Gage Johnson | Owensboro Times

Hancock County (13-17) v Owensboro Catholic (29-5)
Time: 1 p.m.

Owensboro Catholic will look to keep momentum going from their 9th District Championship when they take on Hancock County in the first round of the 3rd Region baseball tournament.

The Hornets couldn’t muster up enough offense against Meade County in their previous matchup, falling 8-4.

However, some bright spots in their lineup included the top half of the order who all registered a hit, including Austin Volocko who led the team with three RBIs.

Hancock County has a plethora of pitchers in their arsenal they could use against Owensboro Catholic with Brock Tindle and Sam Walz leading the way with ERAs under three in 21 combined appearances.

Meanwhile the Aces are coming off of a commanding 7-2 win against Apollo thanks to a five-run fifth inning and team effort from their rotation.

Hunter Small, Hayden Ward and Luke Scales all shut down Apollo’s lineup, combining for seven strikeouts and no earned runs, while only allowing two hits and two runs.

Multiple players got in on the action offensively with Finley Munsey leading the way with two RBIs.

Offense has been a focal point for the Aces all season, as they have nine players on their roster with a batting average above .300.

The Hornets will have to find a way to limit Owensboro Catholic’s offense in order to pull off the first-round upset.

Ohio County (16-16) v Apollo (23-9)
Time: 4 p.m.

Apollo will look to upset the 10th District Champions when they take on Ohio County at 4 p.m. on June 5.

Apollo is coming off a 7-2 loss to Owensboro Catholic in which their offense could only muster up a pair of hits.

This hasn’t been too much of a problem amidst the regular season, with seven players on the roster hitting over .300. 

Apollo will look to turn that around against an Ohio County team who earned a 3-1 win over Muhlenberg County in their last game on the backs of a nine-strikeout performance from Ashton Farris.

Ohio County will also look to get the bats going a little more in this matchup after only getting three hits and three runs against Muhlenberg County.

The two will go toe-to-toe in the first round at 4 p.m.

Meade County (22-10) v Trinity (5-19)
Time: 7 p.m.

Trinity will look to bounce back from a 12th District Championship loss when they take on Meade County.

The Raiders come into this game after a 4-1 loss to Edmonson County in which a shortage of hits and a plethora of errors came back to bite them.

Trinity had five errors in the game, proving costly as Nathan Hernandez didn’t give up a single earned run despite giving up four hits on 109 pitches in six innings.

For them to pull off an upset, the Raiders will need to clean up their fielding behind whoever takes the mound.

Meanwhile, Meade County will look to carry its momentum from its 8-4 11th District Championship win over Hancock County.

The Green Wave had five players record an RBI against the Hornets, which supplied Tucker Crawley with more than enough run support.

Crawley allowed six hits and four earned runs, but was able to strike out six en route to their championship win.

Meade County will look to keep the bats hot when they take on Trinity at 7 p.m.

June 5, 2021 | 12:04 am

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