The Harrison County Thorobreds earned what could be the kind of win that just may catapult them into another long post-season run on Tuesday night in Northern Kentucky.
With less than one week until district tournament play begins, Harrison County scored twice in the top of the eighth inning and knocked off home-standing Campbell County, 7-5. It was the Breds second win in a row, in a string of difficult regular-season ending games.
The Thorobreds played their Senior Night game last night, weather permitting, against Woodford County and will wrap up the regular season tomorrow night against Scott County, also on the Hilltop.
The win over Campbell County improved the Breds to 18-9 on the season with their opening round 38th District Tournament game with Deming looming on Monday night, on the Hilltop.
“It’s always good to get a win, especially against a good team like Campbell County on the road,” said HCHS coach Mac Whitaker. “Our schedule hasn’t been easy at all, especially the last couple of weeks, and I have not been happy at all about the way we have played. But maybe a win like that will get us going a little bit.”
Harrison County got off to a good start on Tuesday night with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, but fell behind after that and had to play catch-up.
Malcolm Thomas and Eric Sanders led off the game with a pair of singles and both scored one out later on a double by Christian Chasteen to give the Breds a 2-0 lead.
Campbell County answered with three runs in their half of the first inning, however, and added another run in the second inning on a solo homer by Michael Kremer to take a 4-2 lead.
Harrison County starter Mason Fowler had another rough outing and failed to make it out of the first inning, giving up all three runs on a hit batter, a walk and a pair of singles. Two Harrison County errors didn’t help Fowler much.
Drew Thompson came on in relief and held the Camels in check until the sixth inning.
In the meantime, Harrison County scored three times in the 6th inning, with all the damage coming after two were out.
Shane Fowler led off the inning by coaxing a walk off of Camels starter Zach Sellers. After a pair of pop outs by Jared Martin and Matthew Dye, Thompson doubled to score one run, Eric Case singled to tie the game and Thomas singled to give the Breds a 5-4 lead.
“That was the biggest thing to come from this one,” said Whitaker of the string of two-out hits. “We finally showed that we could hit when it counted with runners on base. That has been a huge problem for us all year.”
Thompson ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth, allowed the tying run and was relieved by Martin.
In the bottom of the seventh, a nifty double play on a ground ball with one out and runners on first and second saved the game for the Breds, forcing extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Harrison County played small ball and scored two unearned runs to take a 7-5 lead. Dye led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and was sacrificed to third by Thompson.
After Case walked, Thomas hit a ground ball to short stop that was errored by Kremer, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Sanders then walked to load the bases, followed by a ground out by Bobby Feeback that scored the second run of the inning.
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Rain last Friday night forced the cancellation of all the first-round games in the six-team round-robin tournament that Harrison County played in at the Bullitt East/Charger Classic. Harrison County was forced to play all three games on Saturday to get the tournament in and finished 1-2.
The Breds defeated the tournament hosts in the first game, 9-7, but fell to Lexington Catholic, 13-7 and Louisville Trinity, 4-0.
On Monday, Harrison County returned to the Hilltop and trounced visiting Bishop Brossart, 9-0.
Taylor Hill pitched into the sixth inning and got the win for the Breds. Thomas went three for four at the plate, with two doubles and scored three times to spearhead the Breds offense.