The Webster County Trojan’s baseball season came to an end under the lights Monday night in Union County, but not before they were able to get a little retribution.
For just a moment, last Tuesday night, the Trojans got to imagine what it would have been like to have been undefeated when they had the chance to finish what was supposed to be their first win of the season.
Webster was facing a 3-2 deficit against the Tigers of Hoptown on March 9 when mother nature intervened during their season opener. Although trailing, the Trojans had bases loaded and just one out.
But a severe thunderstorm forced a hiatus. On Tuesday, Webster finally got to finish what they started.
Webster County 7
When play finally resumed last Tuesday night, sophomore Brendon Thompson drew a walk to plate junior Clayton Buchanan and tie the game.
After senior Thomas Geary went down swinging, fellow senior Heath Price belted a single to left field to score an additional two. Eighth grader Taylor Chandler then slugged a two-RBI double to center to give the Trojans a 7-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.
The Tigers managed one run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double by Joshua Bearns, but Hopkinsville left him stranded on base when sophomore Preston Jones grounded out to end the game.
Webster County was led at the plate by Price, the senior driving in three runs for the Trojans. Thompson added two RBI for Webster County, and Chandler also drove in one in the win.
Eighth grader Landon Black was credited with the win on the mound, giving up one run on one hit and one walk. Meanwhile Thompson earned the save, surrendering just one run on two hits in the bottom of the seventh.
Webster County 3
After defeating Hopkinsville in Game One of the doubleheader, Webster County just could not keep up in Game Two, losing 10-3 to the visiting Tigers last Tuesday night in Dixon.
The Tigers were led at the plate by the duo of Joshua Bearns and Aaron Crosby, the pair driving in three runs apiece for Hoptown. John Duvall, Caleb Bapp, and Wabash Valley College signee Jonathon Beymer each added an RBI for the Tigers.
Drake Villines led the charge offensively for Webster County. The senior collected two singles in three plate appearances and drove in one run for the Trojans. Junior Logan Erickson and sophomore Kris Buckman also tallied one RBI apiece for the Trojans in the loss.
Webster County 4
Trigg County 3
Webster County won their home opener against Ohio County on a walk-off, so it was only appropriate that they did the same for their home finale against Trigg County, junior Logan Erickson scoring on a wild pitch to lift the Trojans to a 4-3 victory over the Wildcats on Thursday night in Dixon.
The win marked the first time since 2006 that the Trojans have both the home opener and the home finale.
The visiting Wildcats seized an early lead in this one, scoring two runs in the top of the second on an error and wild pitch by Trojan pitcher Clayton Buchanan.
Webster County would answer with two runs in the bottom of the third on back-to-back RBI singles by sophomore Brendon Thompson and senior Ethan Clayton to make it a 2-2 deadlock after three.
Both offenses were stymied at the plate the next three innings, and the score remained at 2-2 going into the final inning of regulation.
The Wildcats regained the lead on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Cortner that scored Darrin Brown.
Drake Villines led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left field before junior Logan Erickson cracked a one-out triple to deep right to score Villines. Erickson then scored moments later on a wild pitch to give Webster County the win---its third of the season in walk-off fashion.
Clayton, Thompson, and Erickson each recorded an RBI for the Trojans in the win, with junior Clayton Buchanan picking up the win for Webster County on the mound, giving up three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five in a full seven innings pitched.
Ohio County 10
Webster County 7
A huge seven-run third inning was still not enough to subdue Ohio County, as the Eagles rallied with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 10-7 decision over Webster County on Friday night in Beaver Dam.
Ohio County posted the first numbers on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, tallying four runs on five hits and one walk issued by Trojan pitcher Ethan Clayton.
After neither team scored in the second, the floodgates opened in the top of the third for the Trojan offense.
After junior Logan Erickson popped out to lead off the inning, senior Thomas Geary then drew a walk before sophomore Gabe Salazar reached on an E6 to put runners at the corners with only one out for Webster County.
Junior Clayton Buchanan then followed with an infield RBI single to third to put the Trojans on the board before sophomore Brendon Thompson rapped an RBI single to right to make the score 4-2.
Buchanan then showed his speed and elusiveness on the base paths, as the junior stole home plate to make it a one-run ballgame.
After senior Heath Price popped out, fellow senior Drake Villines then reached on an infield single to load up the bases.
Eight grader Taylor Chandler then came through with a bases-clearing, three-RBI triple to put the Trojans out in front. Chandler scored moments later on an error by the Eagle first baseman to give the Trojans a 7-4 lead.
The Eagles chipped away at the deficit in the bottom of the fourth, as junior Zach Gledhill scored on a passed ball to make the score 7-5.
After neither team scored in the fifth, the Eagles reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a three-run homer by senior Will Davis off Trojan relief pitcher Landon Black. Ohio County scored two more runs on a two-RBI double to left by freshman Jordan Tolle to take a 10-7 lead into the final inning of regulation.
The Trojans loaded up the bases with nobody out in the top of the seventh before Eagle relief pitcher Jesse Burgess recorded two strikeouts and induced a pop fly to end the game.
The Eagles were led at the plate by the duo of Davis and Tolle, as the pair each drove in four runs for Ohio County.
Webster County was led by Chandler, the eighth grader driving in three of the Trojans’ seven runs with his bases-clearing triple in the top of the third. Buchanan and Thompson also each tallied an RBI for the Trojans in the loss.
Lyon County 14
Webster County 4
The Fifth District continued its assault on the Webster County Trojans, as the Lyon County Lyons romped to a 14-4 victory in six innings on Saturday afternoon in Eddyville. The Trojans fell to 1-5 against the district with the loss to the Lyons.
Lyon County scored two runs in the bottom of the first before Webster County knotted it up again in the top of the second on a two-RBI single by sophomore Luke May.
The Lyons then responded with two runs apiece the next three innings to own a commanding 8-2 lead after four. Lyon County would continue its offensive onslaught in the bottom of the fifth, scratching across an additional three runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to 11-2.
The Trojans chipped away at the deficit with two runs in the top of the sixth, courtesy of a Luke May groundout that plated junior Logan Erickson and an RBI single by eighth grader Taylor Chandler that scored senior Heath Price.
However the Lyons would score three runs in the bottom half of the inning, the game ending when junior Jack Walker grounded out to short to plate sophomore Dylan Capello and put the run rule into effect.
Lyon County outhit the Trojans 15-11, and the Lyons slugged seven doubles on the day.
May led the Trojans at the plate in the loss, going 1-for-3 and driving in three. Chandler also went 1-for-3 and drove in one for Webster County.
Henderson County 11
Webster County 2
The Webster County Trojans’ season came to an unfortunate end on Monday night, falling to Henderson County 11-2 in the first round of the Sixth District Tournament.
The Trojans drew first blood in this district playoff game in the top of the first on an RBI double by Brendon Thompson that scored junior Clayton Buchanan to give Webster County an early 1-0 lead.
The Colonels then came roaring back with four runs in the bottom half of the frame to own a 4-1 advantage after one.
Henderson County tallied an additional run in the second and two in the fourth to extend the lead to 7-1.
The Trojans whittled into the deficit in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by senior Thomas Geary that plated eighth grader Taylor Chandler, but the Colonels scored four runs on a bases-clearing three-RBI triple by Bryce Willett and an RBI double by Jace Pinkston to take an 11-2 lead into the sixth.
The Trojans left two stranded on base in the top of the sixth, and the Colonels nearly ended the game via the mercy rule in the bottom half of the inning before a diving catch by center fielder Logan Erickson left runners stranded in scoring position at second and third.
Webster County then went down in order in the top of the seventh to end the game.
The Trojans finished the season 10-23, a mark that is three victories better than last season and good for the 12th-best record in Region Two.
Reach CAMERON BROWN