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The Hornets had the tying run in scoring position during a 3-2 loss to Breckinridge County at Hardinsburg Monday. The two teams will meet again at the same venue in the first round of the 11th District tournament on Memorial Day Monday.
The Fighting Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead when Isaac Seeger led off the home half if the first inning with a home run. Hornets pitcher Jordan Payne settled down and threw well after that.
Hancock County tied the game in the second when Logan Willis was hit by a wild pitch and scored on a double hit by Jake Frames.
Breck later scored lone runs in the third and fifth innings before the Hornets had a chance in the sixth.
Cole Dixon led off with a single then stole second base. Kaleb Keown later cracked a base hit and the Hornets had runners at the corners with one out.
Hancock County tried a double steal and Dixon crossed home plate to make the score 3-2. But, the next two Hornet batters went down on strikes and the threat was over.
Payne took the loss on the hill, allowing three runs on six hits, with three Ks and no walks over six frames.
Cohl Proctor got the win while striking out 12.
Frames was 1 for 3 with a double and one RBI. Dixon and Keown both went 1 for 3.
McLean County came from behind to win 6-4 over Hancock County at Vastwood Park Tuesday.
The Hornets looked to score early with runners at second and third base with no outs in the first inning. The Cougars escaped by getting a fly out and two strike outs to end the threat.
Hancock County took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Jake Frames singled and later scored on a bases loaded walk. Austin Volocko singled and scored on a defensive error in the third and the score was 2-0.
McLean tied the score in the fourth then took a 4-2 lead on a 2-run home run by 8th grader HB Whitaker in the sixth. The Cougars added two more runs in the top of the seventh before the Hornets rallied.
Drew Lyday was hit by a pitch and Kaleb Keown ripped a double to again give the Hornets runners at second and third with no outs. This time they converted the runs via ground ball by Volocko and a base hit by Frames. Frames was later caught trying to steal second base and the final batter went down on strikes.
Keown took the loss on the mound in a relief role. He allowed four runs on four hits, with six Ks and three walks over three innings. Sam Walz allowed two unearned runs on two hits, with five Ks and no walks over four frames.
Frames and Volocko both went 2 for 4 with one RBI each, and Andrew Boutcher was 1 for 1. Lyday was 1 for 2 with one RBI, Keown was 1 for 4 with a double, and Cole Dixon was 1 for 4.
The Hornets twice held the lead during what ended up being a 4-2 loss at Forest Park (IN) on Saturday.
Hancock County led 1-0 in the second inning when Hunter Severs got a base hit and eventually scored on a defensive error.
The home team tied the score with a run in the home half of the second before the Hornets regained the lead in the third. Austin Volocko reached base on an error then stole second and third base. He came home on a sacrifice fly hit by Drew Lyday.
Forest Park took the lead for good when they plated three runs in the bottom of the third then held on from there. The Hornets had a base runner in scoring position during the fourth and sixth frames but did not convert.
Ryan Ogle absorbed the loss on the mound, allowing four runs on four hits, with one K and four walks in 2.2 innings pitched. Sam Walz allowed no runs on one hit, with one K and one walk in 3.1 innings of relief.
HCHS assistant coach Kevin Keown said the Hornet pitchers threw well, but were hurt by errors.
Severs was 3 for 4 at the plate with a run scored, and Dixon was 2 for 3 with a double and one stolen base. Keown went 1 for 3.
The Hornets let an early lead slip away when they lost by a score of 13-3 to Breck County here Friday.
Dixon led off the home half of the first inning with a base hit and he scored on a double by Keown. Keown later came home on a hit by Frames and the Hornets led 2-0.
Breck County tallied four runs in the second and another in the third to lead 5-2. Hancock County trimmed the margin by one when Severs hit an RBI single in the fifth.
The Tigers plated eight runs in the seven before the final out was recorded.
Luke Brown took the loss on the mound. He allowed five runs on six hits, with two Ks and four walks over three innings. Ryan Jones allowed six runs (five earned) on two hits, with two Ks and three walks in 3.1 innings. Colin Johnson (0.2 innings) allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit, with one walk.
Severs was 2 for 3 with one RBI, and Frames was 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI. Dixon (two steals) and Johnson both went 1 for 3, and Keown was 1 for 4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored.
By Steve Wimmer