Breds stay perfect with two close wins last week

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Games for Monday and Tuesday cancelled

By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County baseball Breds won two games last week as the weather continued to put a damper on the season.  
Harrison County shutout Montgomery County 2-0 on Friday and then came back on Saturday to win an extra-inning game at Lewis County 2-1.  
The Owen County game scheduled for Monday, the Bellevue game scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday’s game with Mason County will all have to be rescheduled if they are to be played as the weather was just too lousy to play the games.
Friday’s game with Montgomery County was a case of both teams’ pitchers being able to make enough pitches to get out of trouble when the situation arose.  
The Thorobreds’ John King started the game and pitched the first six innings giving up five hits and walking two to pick up the victory.  
The visiting Indians opened the top of the first by advancing the lead-off hitter to third, but King struck out two in the inning to work out of trouble.  
Harrison County put a man on in the bottom half but was unable to threaten to score.  
The Indians again had a man reach second in the top of the second but he was stranded there by a ground out to end the threat.  
The Breds scored what would be the only run they needed in the bottom of the second when Brandon Kendall led off with a double and King scored him on a double of his own after one was out.  
Neither team put a runner in scoring position again until the bottom of the fifth when the Breds scored after Brett Persinger singled with one out.  
Cody Honeycutt forced Persinger at second for the second out.  
He then stole second base and scored on a single by Jordan Martin after Noah Mitchell had walked.  
Martin came in and finished the game in the seventh for King’s first victory of the young season.  
Martin had two of the five Thorobreds’ hits for the game driving in a run and scoring one.
King and Martin combined to strike out five Indians while giving up only two free passes.  The loss left the Montgomery County squad with a 1-2 mark compared to the Breds 3-0 mark.
The Lewis County Lions greeted the Thorobreds Saturday afternoon sporting a perfect 2-0 mark having outscored their two opponents by an 18-6 margin.  
The Breds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first aided by two Lewis County errors.  
Honeycutt reached on an error and scored on a double by Zach Royce.  Royce advanced to third on another error but was stranded there.
The Lions struck back in the bottom of the inning playing “small ball” as the lead-off hitter walked, stole second and scored one out later on a single.  
Harrison County starter Brandon Kendall retired the side in order after the single and the game was knotted 1-1 after one inning.
Errors allowed the Lions to threaten again in the second but Kendall was able to work his way through to prevent any runs from scoring.  
Harrison County got a couple of singles in the fourth as with one out King singled and after a strike out, catcher Robbie Stroub advanced him to second with a base hit of his own.  
The two were stranded by a fly out to right though and the score remained 1-1.  
After the fourth, only one hit was allowed by either pitcher putting the game into extra innings.  
In the top of the eighth, the Breds struck for a single run on two hits to take the lead.  
Honeycutt led off the inning with a single and went to second on a Royce sacrifice.  
Martin was hit by a pitch but was forced at second on a Kendall grounder, which also advanced Honeycutt to third.  
King singled scoring Honeycutt and Trevor Dixon flied to right to end the top half of the inning.  
Kendall then set down the Lions allowing only one base runner in the bottom of the inning for the 2-1 Harrison County victory.
King and Stroub led the Thorobreds with two hits each as Kendall won his second game of the year pitching the entire eight innings allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out 10 Lions.
The Breds next scheduled game that has not already been cancelled is this Thursday at Pendleton County before they depart for Florida on Saturday.