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Three Hornet players hit home runs and Hancock County won 13-0 at Cannelton in five innings Tuesday. Coach Brad Keown’s team improved their season record to 7-7 with the win.
Cole Dixon led off the game with a double and he and Drew Lyday scored to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead.
Dixon, Logan Willis and Kaleb Keown all smacked home runs when Hancock County rallied with two outs in the third frame. The Hornets batted around the lineup and when the dust finally cleared 11 runs had scored.
The Bull Dogs had chances to score in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Hornet pitchers ended the threat with strike outs.
Keown earned the win on the mound, allowing two hits, with eight Ks and one walk over four frames. Sam Walz pitched the fifth, striking out two with no walks or hits allowed.
Hunter Severs was 2 for 2 at the plate with one RBI, and Willis was 1 for 1 with a 3-run home run. Keown was 2 for 3 with a double, a home run and three RBI, and Dixon went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Austin Volocko went 1 for 3 with a double and one RBI, Luke Brown was 1 for 3 with one RBI, and Walz was 1 for 4 with a double and one RBI.
Lyday and Jake Frames had one RBI each.
Dylan Young and Nolan Aders had base hits for Cannelton.
It was a close game for five innings before Meade County broke out in the sixth and went on to win by a final score of 8-1 over the Hornets here Friday.
The Green Wave led 2-0 in the second frame when Logan Willis drew a base on balls and reached second on a hit by Austin Volocko. The runners advanced when a balk was called on the Meade County pitcher and Willis later scored Hancock County’s lone run of the game when Hunter Severs singled back to the pitcher.
The score remained 2-1 in favor of the visitors until the Green Wave offense exploded for four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. The Hornet offense got runners into scoring position throughout, but were unable to convert.
Cole Dixon took the loss on the mound. He allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits, with three Ks and no walks over 5.1 frames. Volocko allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, with one walk in 1.2 innings of relief.
Volocko was 2 for 3 with a triple at the plate. Severs was 1 for 2 with one RBI and Willis was 1 for 2. Andrew Boutcher, Dixon and Sam Walz all stole one base each.
Meade County’s Tucker Crawley struck out 10 batters during an 8-0 win over Hancock County at Brandenburg last Thursday.
The Green Wave led 4-0 through three innings before adding three more in the fifth and one in the sixth. The Hornets best chance to score was in the fourth when Dixon singled and stole second base. He was later stranded at third.
Brock Tindle took the loss on the hill. He allowed seven runs (five earned) on eight hits, with three Ks and two walks over five innings. Luke Brown allowed one run on one hit, with three Ks and no walks in one inning of relief.
Crawley went the distance, throwing a one-hitter over seven innings pitched..
Dixon was 1 for 3 at the plate for HCHS.
By Steve Wimmer