The Harrison County Thorobreds baseball team posted a modest three-game winning streak until the championship game of the Harrison Memorial Hospital/McDonalds Classic where they dropped a game that was very winnable to East Jessamine.
After defeating Bourbon County last Monday the Breds were rained out of the scheduled doubleheader with Robertson County on Wednesday so they were idle until they opened the Classic facing Madison Southern on Thursday evening.
The Eagles opened the first inning with two hits and a run off winning pitcher Nolan Brossart who allowed all four of the Madison Southern runs.
Harrison County took the lead for good in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run by Jordan Martin.
John King had walked and scored ahead of the senior Martin.
The lack of control by the Madison Southern hurler led to more problems for the Eagles in the bottom of the second as after Noah Mitchell flied out to center, Brett Persinger, Robbie Stroub and Brandon Case each walked.
King then cleared the bases with a grand slam home run and the Breds led 6-1 after two innings.
The Breds scored four more times in the third on four hits and two more walks. Persinger’s two-run single drove in two of the runs in the inning.
John David Meeks hit a three-run home run in the top of the third to make the score 10-4 after four and one half innings were played but that was all the Eagles would score.
The Breds scored their final two runs on one hit, three walks and a hit batsman for the final 12-4 score.
Jordan Riley and Cody Honeycutt finished up the last two innings on the mound for Harrison County allowing only one hit and no runs. The loss leaves Madison Southern with a 3-22 record while the Breds improve to 12-4.
Carroll County brought an 11-8 record to the Hilltop Friday night and figured to be much better competition for Harrison County.
Senior Martin took the ball from Coach Mac Whitaker and hurled a complete game allowing only two hits shutting out the Panthers in Harrison County’s 4-0 win.
Martin was also the hitting leader for the Thorobreds as he went two for three with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
Again the Breds scored in the first as Martin’s battery mate, sophomore Robbie Stroub, singled and scored in the first.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth when Martin’s double drove in two runs and Cody Honeycutt plated Martin with a single. Martin struck out 14 Panthers en route to the 4-0 victory, which improved the Harrison County record to 13-4.
East Jessamine’s senior first baseman, Jacob Overstreet, hit a two-run home run off senior starter Brandon Kendall in the top of the first to start the game off poorly for the Breds in the championship.
However, Harrison County scratched out two runs to tie when Stroub opened the bottom of the inning with a single.
Honeycutt reached on an error and Martin scored the pair with a base hit.
Kendall’s fielders let him down in the second as after a base hit the perfect double play ball was mishandled at second base advancing runners to second and third.
A single scored a run and another run was allowed to come in on an errant throw, again from second base. Kendall had the Breds out of the inning with a fly ball to center but the ball was dropped and the third run scored making three unearned for the inning.
Kendall was able to hold the Jaguars in check for the next two innings but the Breds were only able to score one more making the score 5-3 going into the fifth inning.
The top of the fifth saw third baseman Brandt Redmon drive in two more runs with a two out double to make the score 7-3 with time running out for the Thorobreds.
Redmon was a thorn in Harrison County’s side the entire game as he gathered three hits although he batted in the eighth position for the Jags.
Junior Zach Royce drove in a couple of runs for the Breds in a short rally in the bottom of the seventh but the third pitcher of the day for East Jessamine, Sam Hall, came in and finished off Harrison County.
Harrison County managed only five hits for the day, two by Stroub, and that was not enough to counter the four errors in the field and some timely East Jessamine hitting.
The Jaguars improved to 16-7 for the year while Harrison County stands at 13-5.
The Breds were scheduled to take on Mason County (9-12) in Maysville Monday night before traveling to Robertson County (1-9) on Wednesday and Nicholas County (10-11) on Thursday.
The Scott High Eagles will be the next guests on the Hilltop as they arrive Friday for the annual Alumni Night battle. J.D. Ashbrook will also be added to the Harrison County Fence of Fame during the pre game ceremony Friday night.