The Eagles defensive miscues led to a loss in the regular season finale, while Trinity was clicking on all cylinders in a strong win over the Owensboro Knights.
Apollo vs. Castle
Errors and the inability to turn hits into run were big factors in Apollo’s tough 11-5 road loss to close out the regular season on Wednesday.
Castle took no time building a lead in the top of the first, grabbing two runs. Apollo did grab a run in the bottom of the first and third, but two runs for Castle in the top of the second as well put them out in front 4-2 going into the fourth.
Castle got one more in the top of the fifth and two in the top of the sixth, but the Eagles weren’t going away. Junior Braxton Franey opened up the scoring in the bottom of the sixth with a sac fly after a leadoff double and single, but it was a two-out home run to center from senior Harrison Bowman to make it a 7-5 game going into the seventh.
However, Castle had the answer once again and rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh and went on to close out the 11-5 win.
Errors plagued the Eagles all game long, as they only allowed five earned runs out of the 11 between the five pitchers that threw. Bowman led the way offensively with a long ball, totaling two RBIs on the day.
Apollo falls to 19-12 overall to end the regular season, as they are now set for a first-round 9th District Duel with Daviess County at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Trinity vs. Owensboro Knights
Early offense propelled Trinity (Whitesville) to a dominant win on Wednesday, defeating the Owensboro Knights 16-6.
The Raiders set the tone for the game in the bottom of the first, starting with an RBI single from senior Elijah Boarman and an error to give them a 2-0 lead. A walk made it 3-0, before junior Nathan Hernandez delivered an RBI triple and then later scored on a passed ball to take a 5-0 lead into the second.
Trinity kept its foot on the gas the next two innings, grabbing three in the bottom of the secona and four in the bottom of the third to make it a 12-0 lead going into the fourth. The Knight would finally crack the books by scoring six runs over the last three innings, but the Raiders followed close behind with four in the final two innings to secure the double-digit 16-6 win.
Boarman gave a strong start for the Raiders, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out seven in three innings. Junior Gavin Howard led the way offensively, going 3-5 with seven RBIs on the day.
Trinity improves to 7-17 overall with the win, as they will look to grab a win to close out the regular season on the road against Ohio County at 6 p.m. on Thursday.