Owensboro and Trinity (Whitesville) both started out the week strong on Monday, battling to wins in their respective matchups against Breckinridge County and Cannelton.
Owensboro vs Breckinridge County
Owensboro’s offense caught steam as its game progressed on Monday, slugging its way to a 12-4 win over Breckinridge County.
The Red Devils grabbed the first lead of the game on an RBI single from Blake Kimbrell in the bottom of the first, but the Fighting Tigers responded quickly and knotted things up at 1-1 in the top of the second.
Owensboro reclaimed the lead at 3-1 in the bottom of the third, scoring on a wild pitch and a passed ball. But they didn’t have the lead long, as Breckinridge County rattled off three runs in the top of the fourth to switch the lead once again to 4-3.
However, the Red Devils responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a single from Kimbrell to take the lead back at 5-4. Owensboro proceeded to explode for seven runs over the fifth and sixth inning, helping them battle their way to a dominant 12-4 win.
Kimbrell and freshman Brady Benjamin led the way offensively for the Red Devils with two RBIs each, while freshman Cayden Ray and eighth grader Elijah Hampton chipped in one each. Only six of the Red Devils’ runs were earned, as the Fighting Tigers had five errors on the night.
Freshman Trevor DeLacey got the start for Owensboro, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out two in four innings, while freshman Will Rickard allowed no runs on three hits, one walk and three strikeouts over three innings pitched.
The Red Devils improved to 12-15 overall with the win and will look to stay strong in its final regular season district game on Tuesday, as they are set to host Owensboro Catholic at 7 p.m.
Trinity (Whitesville) vs Cannelton
Junior Landon Huff’s dominant performance in relief was the key factor in a 4-3 comeback win for Trinity (Whitesville) over Cannelton on Monday.
The Raiders grabbed the first run of the game in the top of the first thanks to a sac fly from junior Elijah Boarman. However, Cannelton quickly tied the game up at 1-1 with a solo home run to leadoff the bottom of the first.
And while Cannelton was able to get a run in the bottom of the second and third, Trinity rattled off two RBIs on a single from freshman Will Hernandez to keep things knotted up at 3-3 going into the fourth.
The Raiders were able to bounce back after a scoreless fourth inning, grabbing a run on a squeeze bunt from freshman Hayden Aull to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth. This opened the door for Huff to close out the game, finishing his relief appearance by blanking Cannelton to secure the 4-3 win.
Huff tossed four innings out of the bullpen, allowing no runs, no hits, not walks and striking out nine to get the win. It was Will Hernandez who led the way offensively, grabbing two RBIs for Trinity.
The Raiders improve to 6-16 overall with the win, as they will look to grab two straight when they take on Daviess County on the road at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.