The Webster County Trojans struggled to find their footing during a rough Spring Break week that saw them drop three games on the road.
Just three days after a disappointing, error-ridden 11-1 loss to the Graves County Eagles (4-1), Webster County (1-4) headed to Mayfield hoping to get a little revenge in a double-header last Tuesday.
In the first outing of the day, Graves County jumped out to an early lead by posting three runs in the bottom half of the first inning.
The Trojans got a little momentum going in the second inning when lead-off man Tanner Robertson singled. The next batter, Landon Black blasted a single to right, scoring Robertson and getting Webster on the board. Three batters later, Ray Merideth would drive in Black to cut the Eagles’ lead to 3-2.
That was as far as the Trojans got, as Graves County added three more runs in the bottom of that inning and five in the third to pull out to an 11-2 lead. The game would be called in the sixth when the Eagles scored one more run, giving them a ten run lead.
Zach Meadors started on the mound for the Trojans and picked up the loss. The gave up four hits and five earned runs through three innings, while striking out two. Pitching in relief, Ben Blanford gave up one hit and one earned run while striking out one.
In the batters box, the Eagles only out hit the Trojans 9-7. Black went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Jace Thurby, Robertson, Blanford and Meadors were each 1-for-3. Jackson Edens and Ray Merideth were 1-for-2. Merideth also picked up an RBI.
In the second game of the double header, the Trojans looked better against the Eagles, once they got passed the first inning, but that one inning was a costly one.
Graves County out hit Webster County 14-3 in the game, with 11 of those hits coming in the first inning, accounting for 12 runs.
The Trojans added one run in the top of the second on a single from David Wingo that scored Black, cutting the lead to 12-1. Robertson picked up two RBIs in the top of the third, scoring Meredith and Jackson Edens.
Graves added a pair of runs in the bottom half of the third to make the score 14-3, which would last for the rest of the game.
Robertson opened the game on the mound for the Trojans. He struckout one but gave up 10 hits and seven earned runs in just one inning before being replaced by Jackson Edens. Edens gave up two hits and no earned runs in the game.
Only three Trojans had any success in the batters box. Wingo, Robertson and Merideth each went 1-for-2. Robertson had 2 RBIs, while Wingo had one.
On Saturday the Trojans (1-6) headed to Brooks Stadium in Paducah for the opening round of the Kentucky 2A Sectional, where they met undefeated Paducah Tilghman.
After grabbing the lead in the bottom of the first inning on a ground ball from Meadors that scored Edens, the Trojans couldn’t get their offense going.
The Blue Tornado took the lead in the top of the second at 2-1, then added three in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in the sixths to end them game at 12-1.
Black, Edens, Blanford, Meadors and Merideth each picked up one hit in the game. Meadors had the Trojans only RBI. Black went five innings for Webster, giving up 10 hits and five earned runs while striking out three. Chase Hearon gave up one hit and two earned runs through one inning.
The Trojans then headed to Calhoun on Monday to face McLean County. Webster grabbed the lead early, but couldn’t hold on after a late score by the Cougars.
After singles by Edens and Dylan Sowders to open the game, the Trojans loaded the bases with a walk by Meadors. A double by Black scored two, while a ground out to first by Jace Thurby allowed the third run to score. Black then scored as Robertson stole second.
The Trojans’ looked strong with an early 4-0 lead, but the Cougars would keep chipping away at it, adding one run in the second inning and two more in the fourth to make it 4-3.
McLean then scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead.
Cougars’ pitcher Cruz Lee who went for six innings then managed to put together a perfect three-of-three inning, his best of the game, in the sixth. Mason Lovell then closed out the game, striking out two of three batters in the seventh inning. Jace Thurby started on the mound for the Trojans, giving up eight hits and six earned runs through 4.1 innings, while striking out three. Dylan Sowders pitched 1.2 innings, giving up no hits and no runs while striking out two.
Edens and Sowder both hiit 2-for-4 on the night, while Landon Black was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Zach Meadors went 1-for-2.
Through the first eight games of the season, Landon Bradon has had the biggest bat for the Trojans. He’s hitting .471 on eight hits in 1t at bats. Edens is close behind with a .429 bating average. Jace Thurby and Black are tied with five RBIs so far this season.
Black has the most innings pitched for the Trojans with 14.2, almost a full game ahead of Thurby with 8.1 innings. Braden, who has pitched just 3.1 innings this year, was credited with the team’s only win so far.
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