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Breds win two after return from Florida

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By Mike Aldridge

Mike Aldridge,
Sports Writer
hoosiers49@gmail.com

The Harrison County Thorobreds baseball team remained undefeated in Kentucky as they improved to 5-1 defeating both Grant County and Pendleton County last week on the Hilltop.  In both games the Breds had double digit base hits and committed only one error.
In Friday’s first game the Grant County Braves rolled onto the Hilltop with a 3-0 record having outscored their opposition 30-12 in the first three games of the season.  
The Braves scored with a run in the first off Breds starter Dillon Arnold on a walk and consecutive base hits.  Center fielder Hunter Colson drove in the run with a double.  The Braves scored again in the top of the third inning on an error at shortstop, a single and a squeeze play bunt executed by Tyler Mitts for a 2-0 lead.  
The wheels came off for Grant County pitching in the bottom of the third as the Breds sent 13 batters to the plate scoring eight runs on just three hits to take a commanding 8-2 lead.  The Breds had four walks, one hit batsman and two Grant County errors in the inning to go with the three base hits.  
Robie Mullins, Max Ferguson and Isaiah Mann had the three hits in the inning.  Mann drove in two runs while Ferguson and Mullins knocked in one each.  
In the fourth inning the Breds scored a single run as Chris O’Neal led off with a home run.  Ferguson replaced Arnold on the hill for the Breds and stymied the Braves with no hits for the remainder of the seven innings.  
Luke Muth scored his third run of the game in the fifth after he led off with a single and Ryan Smiley scored the final run of the game when he led off the sixth with a triple and scored on an error at short.  The Breds won with a final score of 11-2.  Harrison County had 10 hits while Grant County managed only four.  
In Friday’s second game the Breds scored 12 runs in a 12-2 five-inning whipping of the Pendleton County Wildcats.  Ryan Smiley started on the hill and pitched the first four innings before Jacob Walker finished the contest with a 17-pitch inning.  
Harrison County had 12 hits to score their runs with Max Ferguson and Chris O’Neal each striking for three base hits.  The Breds had three doubles, two by O’Neal, and a home run by Smiley for four extra base hits in the five innings.  
Smiley had three RBI’s while O’Neal had two with Luke Muth, Ben VanHook and Andrew Day getting one each.   Pendleton County committed six errors to aid the Thorobreds cause.
The Wildcats record stands at 3-5 following the loss.  Cody Sullivan was the losing pitcher for Pendleton County.  The Breds are scheduled to next visit Nicholas County on Monday, April 9.