Harrison County made Senior Night successful Monday with a 10-3 defeat of Franklin County on the Hilltop.
The evening began with the recognition of six seniors, five players and one stat girl. Stat girl Audrey Ramsey joined senior players Nolan Brossart, John King, Christian Persinger, Jordan Riley and Zach Royce on the field for the pregame ceremony and after the game for a reception.
Franklin County and Harrison County had matched up only 11 days ago on the Flyers’ field with Franklin County winning by a 6-2 score.
Monday’s game was similar to the first one except the Thorobreds were the ones scoring early to put the game out of reach.
On May 1, Franklin County scored all six of its runs in the first inning and Monday night Harrison County scored three in the first and four in the second to take the big lead.
Coach Mac Whitaker started his five seniors and each of them played a role in the early run production.
Riley was the starting and winning pitcher for the Thorobreds, pitching a complete game. He allowed seven hits, striking out five and walking three.
Harrison County committed three errors behind Riley, two that led to runs being scored.
The first inning saw the Flyers get back-to-back singles by center fielder Rylan Rowe and Quenton Brownlee.
Rowe advanced to third on a ground out and then scored on an errant throw on a pick off move.
Riley was able to strike out the next two batters stranding Brownlee and giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead after half an inning.
The Thorobreds bounced back as catcher Robbie Stroub led off with a single and scored on a King double.
King then advanced to third on Christian Persinger’s single and they both moved up when Brossart singled to right.
Luke Slucher then singled in Persinger for a 3-1 Thorobreds advantage after one inning.
Franklin County scored again in the second but the bottom of the inning saw Harrison County widen the gap to an almost insurmountable lead.
Noah Mitchell walked to start the inning and was sacrificed to second by Stroub.
Brandon Case got an infield single and King was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
The next batter, Royce, made an unforgettable senior moment on the next pitch as he lofted a high home run over the center field fence for a grand slam and a 7-2 Harrison County lead.
The game settled down through the middle innings until the top of the sixth when Franklin County got a lead-off double by relief pitcher Blake Redmon.
Redmon had two doubles on the day for Franklin County. Redmon advanced to third on a single by right fielder Michael Clark and then scored another unearned run on another wild pick off throw.
Harrison County picked up three more runs in the bottom of the sixth on five base hits and a couple of Franklin County errors for the final 10-3 win.
The Thorobreds are now 21-11 for the season and Franklin County is 12-21.
Tenth Region rival, Campbell County, rolled onto the Hilltop Tuesday evening to try to halt the Thorobreds four-game winning streak and build some momentum for their own district competition next week.
The last time the two teams faced off was in the 10th Region finals last year where the Breds came away with a 1-0 win and the region championship.
This game was a tight pitcher’s dual with sophomore Gus Garrison and Campbell County’s Joey Dawn pitching complete games.
Harrison County came out on top 3-2.
Each team scored a run in the first as the Camels struck first, scoring an unearned run.
The Breds struck back with a single run in the bottom of the inning.
The Thorobreds were recipients of a gift run in the first as Stroub opened the stanza reaching first on an error by Campbell County’s third baseman and scored on a sacrifice fly to left field.
Two consecutive hit batsmen advanced Stroub to third before he scored on the fly ball by Conner Free.
Both teams were quiet for the next two innings until the fourth when third baseman Joe Kramer hit a home run off Garrison to open the inning. The lefthander settled down and retired the Camels with no further damage but the Thorobreds trailed after the top of the fourth by a 2-1 score.
Harrison County came back in the bottom of the inning when freshman Luke Slucher led the inning off with a single and advanced to third on Kinsey’s double.
Shortstop Brett Persinger made it to first to load the bases on an error by Kramer at third.
Slucher scored on a fielder’s choice by Mitchell and the Breds took the lead for good when Stroub singled home Spencer Free, who was running for Kinsey.
The Camels left the bases loaded in the fifth and had only one hit in the last two innings as Garrison came through with the complete game five hitter.
Harrison County gathered seven hits and was aided by four Campbell County errors in the 3-2 victory.
Garrison, besides the five hits, allowed only two walks and left seven Camel base runners stranded on the night.
Catcher Stroub led the Breds with two hits and a run scored for the game.
The Breds record now stands at 22-11 while the Camels fall to 9-16 with the loss.
Harrison County finishes its regular season with a game Thursday at Walton Verona and a home battle with top 20 rated Scott County Friday night.