The Harrison County Thorobreds (11-2) were on the road Tuesday evening to face the Nicholas County Bluejackets (4-5) in Carlisle. After five and a half innings that can only be described as a pitchers dual, the Breds used a six-run sixth inning to power their way to a 7-2 victory. The win marked the teams seventh in a row.
Going into Tuesdays game, Harrison County had been led offensively by an impressive sophomore class. Matthew Dye has recorded 15 hits in 30 at bats. Jared Martin, Josh Moss and Malcolm Thomas had recorded 12 runs each, with Martin being hit by a pitch seven times.
Senior Beau Sanders had recorded 14 hits, seven runs, three home runs, and a team-best 13 runs batted in before the trip to Nicholas County.
Both Breds senior Brandon Martin and Nicholas County sophomore Kyle Campbell seemed to baffle opposing batters through the first five innings of the game.
The Bluejackets took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a run scored by senior Jonny Mattox. Harrison County was unable to make a mark in the scoring column until late in the top of the third inning when Thomas was batted in on a single by Moss.
From the second to the fourth inning, the Breds Martin struck out seven straight Bluejackets batters. He finished the game with 10 strike outs, giving him 33 on the season.
In the sixth inning, Harrison County finally found its offensive groove and Moss reached safely with a lead-off double. Brandon Martin, Beau Sanders, junior Bobby Feeback, Moss, Jared Martin and Dye all scored runs in the inning.
In the home half of the inning, junior Jordan Mynear scored the Bluejackets second run on a sacrifice play by Campbell.
Brandon Martins season record improved to a team best 4-0. Martin threw 80 pitches in the game and only 14 were ruled to be out of the strike zone for a ball. He gave up only five hits and did not walk a batter.
Last Thursday, the Breds picked up two wins at home in a double-header on the Hilltop by blanking both the Pendleton County Wildcats (2-9) and the Mason County Royals (2-9) in games that ended with a 10-0 score.
Against the Wildcats, the Breds hung up eight runs in the fourth inning to end the game after five. Freshman Logan Dailey picked up his first win of the season in his first start against Mason County. Dailey struck out four batters, held the Royals hitless, and walked only one batter as the Breds handled Mason County in five innings.
There will be plenty of baseball action this weekend on the Hilltop as the Breds host the Frank Shoop Invitational Tournament beginning this evening.
Harrison County will open the tournament with a game against the undefeated Estill County Engineers (8-0) this evening at 5:30 p.m.
Tomorrow evening action will get underway on the Hilltop with the Henry Clay Blue Devils (7-2) taking on the Lexington Christian Academy Eagles (7-3) at 4:30 p.m. Lexington Christian will play again at 9 p.m. against the Somerset Briar Jumpers (7-4).
Between those two games on Friday evening the host Breds will take the field against the North Laurel Jaguars (4-7) at 6:45 p.m.
Play will resume early on Saturday morning, with Estill County facing North Laurel at 10:30 a.m. followed by a game between Somerset and Henry Clay at 1 p.m. After that contest, pairings for the tournament finals will be announced.