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Breds beat St. Pat 18-1, lose semi final to Scott 4-3

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By Mike Aldridge

Harrison County High School’s Thorobreds began the defense of the 10th Region baseball crown with an 18-1 defeat of the Saints of St. Patrick Monday morning, but lost a heartbreaker to Scott High’s Eagles, 4-3, Tuesday to end the season 25-12.
  The 3-15 Saints were no match for the Breds though they did take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Harrison County starter Nathan Fryman struggled mightily, walking the first batter and committing two errors before Coach Mac Whitaker replaced him with senior Christian Persinger after four batters.  
Persinger faced only one batter in the first as catcher Robbie Stroub threw out William McKay, who unexplainably tried to steal second. The senior right hander fanned first baseman Andrew Stickler.  
The Thorobreds took the lead in the bottom of the inning with two runs as Brandon Case singled with one out and came around to score on Zach Royce’s double and Royce score on Alex Kinsey’s double for a 2-1 lead.  
Harrison County sent 16 batters to the plate in the second scoring 11 runs on nine hits and two St. Patrick errors.  
The big blow in the inning was a grand slam home run by senior John King.  
Harrison County had the first eight batters reach base in the inning before an out was made and that was a sacrifice fly hit by Brett Persinger.  
Harrison County was ahead 13-1 after the second inning and coasted to the five-inning win.  
Persinger finished the second inning retiring the Saints in order and Coach Whitaker pitched Reese Asher, C.J. Claypool and Austin Reffett for one inning each.  In all, the Thorobreds used 20 players in the game utilizing the entire bench. The win gives Harrison County a 25-11 record going into the semi final game with Scott High.
Tuesday’s semi final match up was a close game throughout with the Eagles taking an early lead 1-0 after the first half inning was played.  
Shortstop Reed Spata opened the bottom of the first with a single was sacrificed to second and went to third on a passed ball.  
He then scored when Josh Castleman was thrown out attempting to steal second for the game’s first run.
Harrison County took the lead in the second when Luke Slucher led off with a single.  
After a pop out to second Slucher was forced out at second by Brett Persinger for the second out of the inning.  
Right fielder Noah Mitchell then hit a shot into right center for a double scoring Persinger and was allowed to score the second run when the errant throw by the Eagle’s second baseman went into the Scott dugout for a 2-1 Harrison County lead.  
Neither team threatened until the top of the fourth when the Thorobreds again got a lead-off single from Slucher.  Conner Free followed with a single to right, which allowed Slucher to move to third with an errant throw by the right fielder, allowing Free to advance to second.  
Brett Persinger then singled to score Slucher to make the score 3-1, but the Eagles dodged a big inning when Robbie Stroub’s line drive was snared by the shortstop.
Scott High picked up its second run off Harrison County starter John King when they put two singles and a double together in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 3-2.
The fifth inning was the big one for the Eagles as they started the inning with a walk to ninth place hitter Andrew Hicks.  
Following two fly outs, King was on the verge of getting out of the inning when Castleman doubled to left center to tie the score as Hicks crossed the plate.  
Castleman then scored for the 4-3 lead when catcher Blake Gay singled to center and the fleet third baseman just beat Slucher’s throw to the home dish.
The Thorobreds went down in order in the sixth and Coach Mac Whitaker brought in Gus Garrison to pitch the sixth.
Garrison set the Eagles down on one hit in the inning to set up the Breds’ last chance in the seventh.  
Stroub picked up a two-out single but that was all the Breds could muster as they went down to defeat by the 4-3 score.
Coach Whitaker felt that his team gave their all in the loss.  
“There are a lot of hurting young men down there, he commented in a post game interview. They played hard but we just couldn’t get the big hit and Scott High did. I am very proud of the players.”  
He went on to say that the seniors would be missed.  “The five seniors were good leaders and a major part of this program for as many as five and six years. The kids who return next year will have some big shoes to fill. The seniors are John King, Zach Royce, Nolan Brossart, Christian Persinger and Jordan Riley.
Scott High will be scheduled to play Bourbon County at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night.