Henderson County 8
Webster County 2
Coming off a tough loss to Union County the night before that caused them to lose the top seed in the Sixth District Tournament, the Henderson County Colonels rebounded and took their frustrations out on Webster County, romping to an 8-2 victory over the Trojans at Clarky Clark Athletic Complex last Tuesday night.
After neither team scored through the first two innings, the Colonels posted the first numbers on the scoreboard in the top of the third with an RBI single by Jace Pinkston that scored Noah Melton. Pinston came around to score on an error by Trojan pitcher Brendon Thompson to give Henderson County a 2-0 lead after three innings.
The Colonels picked up three insurance runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Clay Cannon and a two-bag error by Heath Price that allowed Cannon and Mason Smith to score.
Henderson County continued teeing off Trojan relief pitcher in the top of the seventh, picking up another three runs on a two-RBI double by Jake Willoughby and a groundout by Dylan Sutton that drove in another to take a commanding 8-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
The Trojans did manage to scratch across two runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Thomas Salazar and Gabe Salazar, but Webster County could not mount any more of a comeback than that.
Webster County coach Mark Spainhoward was ejected from the game between the sixth and seventh innings, and as a result he is not allowed in the ballpark for the next three games.
Madisonville North 8
Webster County 1
It was simply a masterful performance on the mound from the duo of Madisonville-North Hopkins’ pitchers Jon Hogart and Preston Browning in a 8-1 win over Webster County at Elmer Kelley Stadium on Monday night.
The freshman and senior simply stymied the Trojans at the plate, as Webster County did not have any hits until junior Clayton Buchanan singled to right field to lead off the top of the seventh, breaking up the team no-hit bid.
But Maroons’ head coach Scott Marks was still quite impressed with the play of Hogart and Browning.
“Glad to see both of those guys on the mound today,” said Marks. “Preston (Browning) hasn’t pitched in a while because he had an injury down in Myrtle Beach, and he’s now just recovering from it so it was really good to see him do well. He was well rested and did everything he was supposed to by keeping his pitches down.”
“The starter, Jon Hogart, has just been playing catcher and outfield for us,’ said Marks. “He had been dealing with injury up until now so we limited him to about 30 pitches. But he did a really good job too. When you have pitching like that it gives you a chance to win.”
Hogart gave up no hits and just one walk through the first two frames and earned the win for the Maroons (13-10), while Browning surrendered only two hits, one walk, and one earned run in pitching the final five innings of the game.
Hogart also helped himself out in the bottom of the first, blasting a three-run homer over the wall in dead center---his second long ball at Elmer Kelley on the season.
Sophomore Ethan Browning and junior Zack Eastwood followed with back-to-back RBI singles to give the Maroons a commanding 5-0 lead after one.
North would tack on an additional three runs in the bottom of the third.
Senior Justin Hallum led off with a walk and advanced to second base on a balk moments later before scoring on back-to-back wild pitches.
Ethan Browning then added two more RBIs to his stats, belting a single to center field to give North a 8-0 lead after three.
Meanwhile, Webster County (5-12) could not get anything going offensively until the seventh, when Buchanan led off with a single. Sophomore Brendon Thompson then crunched a double to center field to put two runners in scoring position for the Trojans with no outs.
Senior Ethan Clayton then reached on an error to plate Buchanan and end the shutout, but sophomore Gabe Salazar followed that with grounding into a 4-3 double play---the third double play the Maroons had turned on the night---before senior Heath Price went down swinging to end the game.
On offense Madisonville-North Hopkins was led by Hogart and Ethan Browning, as the pair drove in six of the Maroons’ eight runs.
Clayton drove in the Trojans’ only run on the night, while Buchanan was handed the loss for Webster County on the mound.
The Trojans had a game at Hancock County on Tuesday night, but the conclusion of that game was after press time. Webster County will then travel to Hopkins Central on Friday night before returning home to face Dawson Springs on Saturday afternoon.
Reach CAMERON BROWN