Baseball recap (May 12): OHS, OCHS

May 13, 2022 | 12:03 am

Updated May 12, 2022 | 11:37 pm

Owensboro and Owensboro Catholic baseball poured in the offense on Thursday, scoring double-digits en route to its respective wins.

Owensboro vs. Edmonson County

Late offense paved the way to a strong Thursday for the Red Devils, as they slugged their way to a 14-4 win in five innings over Edmonson County.

Both teams were caught in a bit of a stalemate with two scoreless innings to start the day, but the Wildcats came alive in the top of the third to open up scoring. Following an error and a walk, Edmonson County got the first run of the game on an RBI single by senior Gavyn Minyard.

The very next at-bat sophomore John Michael Meredith followed with a two-run single with a liner to left, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 lead. However, Owensboro’s offense came alive in the bottom half of the inning as well.

Back-to-back singles and a walk quickly loaded the bases with one out, before freshman Blake Kimbrell put the Red Devils on the board with a two-run single up the middle. Following a walk, three runs scored on a crucial Edmonson County error to give Owensboro its first lead at 5-3.

Junior Connor Hallmark roped a single to right the nex at-bat, before a run scored on a wild pitch and freshman Will Hume singled to right as well to score Hallmark and grab a 7-3 lead going into the fourth.

The Wildcats would go on to grab one more run in the top of the fifth, but the Red Devils grabbed seven more runs over the fourth and fifth inning to finalize the 14-4 short-game victory.

Hume got the start for Owensboro, allowing two earned runs on three hits, a walk and four strikeouts in three innings. Senior Jacob Mitchell followed in relief, allowing one earned run on one, one walk, while grabbing three strikeouts as well.

Offensively senior Kindrick Williams led the way with three RBIs, Kimbrell followed with a pair and Hallmark, Hume, eighth grader Evan Hamtpon and freshman Brady Benjamin chipped in one each.

The Red Devils improved to 13-16 overall with the win in their regular season finale, as they will now focus on preparing for their first-round 9th District Tournament matchup with Owensboro Catholic on Saturday.

Owensboro Catholic vs. Meade County

Early offense was a crucial factor for Owensboro Catholic on Thursday, as they held on for an 11-5 win over Meade County.

The Aces opened up the scoring with an RBI groundout from senior Sam McFarland to take the lead in the top of the first, but it was a two-out rally that broke the game open. A run scored on a wild pitch and a passed ball in the same at-bat to make it a 3-0 game, but a two-run double from senior John Frey and an RBI single from freshman Parker Heistand made it a 6-0 lead for Owensboro Catholic.

The Green Wave responded by grabbing two runs in the bottom of the first, but the Aces padded its lead to 7-1 with an RBI single from senior Luke Evans in the top of the third after a scoreless second inning. Meade County proceeded to add three more runs over the fourth and fifth inning, but Owensboro Catholic responded with two runs in the sixth and seventh to solidify its lead and grab the 11-5 win.

Junior Wyatt Jenkins got the win for the Aces, allowing one earned run on three hits, three walks, while striking out three. Senior Grant Parson handled the last four innings of the day to record the save, allowing one earned run on two hits, a walk and five strikeouts.

Offensively senior Alex Castlen and Frey led the way with two RBIs each on the day, while Heistand, Evans, senior Everett Munsey and McFarland all chipped in one each.

Owensboro Catholic closes out the regular season riding a 10-game winning streak, as they sit at 25-4 overall going into a first-round 9th District Tournament matchup with Owensboro on Saturday.

May 13, 2022 | 12:03 am

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