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Brock Tindle pitched a gem when the Hornets defeated the Red Devils 4-2 in Owensboro Thursday.
Hancock County took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Cole Dixon led off the game with a base hit, stole second base and scored on a hit by Kaleb Keown.
Tindle got out of a jam in the home half of the first by striking out Jeremiah Goodwin to end the frame, stranding a runner at third.
Owensboro plated their two runs in the second when Kenyatta Carbon clubbed a 2-run double to make the score 2-1.
The Hornets regained the lead for good in the third inning. Ground ball outs by Keown and Austin Volocko brought home Dixon and Drew Lyday. Hancock added an insurance run in the sixth when Volocko singled and scored on a hit by Ryan Jones.
Meanwhile, Tindle was doing a number on the Red Devil batters. The tall freshman had at least one strike out through six consecutive frames and OHS had only one player reach scoring position over the final five innings.
“Brock threw well. He stayed in the zone the entire game and commanded his pitches well,” HCHS coach Brad Keown said. “He kept them off balance and he stayed ahead with a lot of first pitch strikes.”
Tindle earned the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, with nine Ks and zero walks over seven complete innings.
Dixon was 2 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored, and Hunter Severs was 1 for 2. Keown was 1 for 3 with two RBI, and Jones and Volocko both went 1 for 3 with an RBI each. Lyday was 1 for 4, and Caleb Payne scored a run.
Ogle tosses 1-hitter; Dixon breaks record
Ryan Ogle pitched a 1-hitter during a 10-0 win for the Hornets over Crawford County here Saturday. The game was called after five innings via the 10-run rule.
“Ryan had been struggling on the mound but he threw well, and our bats were a little better in this one,” Brad Keown said.
Jake Frames stroked a 2-run triple in the second inning and scored on an RBI ground out by Sam Walz.
During the second inning Cole Dixon stole second base, setting a new HCHS stolen base record for a season. Dixon’s 39th steal of the season broke the record of 38 held by his cousin, Andrew Emmick. Emmick set the mark during his junior season of 1998. Emmick still holds the record for steals in a game (7) and career (81).
The Hornets led 5-0 after two more runs crossed home plate in the third. Volocko was hit by a pitch and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Frames. Jones also singled and scored for Hancock County.
A 4-run fourth inning by the Hornets was highlighted by a 2-run double hit by Lyday. Andrew Boutcher and Dixon scored on the hit and HCHS lead 9-0. Boutcher doubled and scored in the fifth before the game was halted.
Ogle did a masterful job on the mound, allowing just one base runner to reach third the entire game. He got the win, allowing one hit, with 10 Ks and two walks over five frames.
Boutcher was 2 for 2 at the plate with a double and two runs scored, and Frames was 1 for 2 with a triple and four RBI. Lyday was 1 for 3 with a double and two RBI, Jones was 1 for 2 with one RBI, and Dixon was 1 for 3. Volocko scored two runs, and Severs scored one.
The Hornets suffered a tough, 2-1 loss at Daviess County on Tuesday. The Hancock County pitchers allowed just one hit during the game.
“We played a lot better but we’re still leaving a bunch of runners on base. I think we left seven on last night,” coach Keown said.
Jordan Payne started on the mound for HCHS and the freshman pitched well again.
There was no score through two innings when Payne walked two batters in the third, one of which scored on a passed ball. The other later scored on a defensive error and the Panthers led 2-0.
Hancock County had a great chance to score when they had the bases loaded with no outs in the first inning. But the home team managed to work their way out of the jam when the frame ended on a double play. The Hornets had a runner at third base again in the fourth but could not convert the run.
The Hornets rallied in the seventh when Logan Willis led off the inning with a double. Willis scored on a 1-out hit by Boutcher, but the game ended after back-to-back fly outs.
Payne took the loss while allowing two unearned runs on zero hits, with three Ks and two walks over four frames. Volocko allowed no runs on one hit, with one K and no walks in two innings of relief.
Willis was 1 for 2 with a double and Keown was 1 for 2. Boutcher was 1 for 3 with one RBI.
The Hornets took one on the chin when they dropped a 14-3 decision to Breckinridge County here Monday.
Hancock County led 1-0 in the first inning when Dixon singled, stole second and later scored on an RBI ground out by Volocko.
The Tigers went ahead 3-0 after a 3-run home run by Isaac Seeger in the second frame. Breck broke the game open when they plated seven runs in the fourth. They added four more in the fifth when Andrew Harting crushed a grand slam home run.
The Hornets other two runs came in the fourth and fifth frames. Jones singled and scored on an RBI ground out by Tindle in the fourth, and Keown walked and scored on an error in the fifth.
Dixon took the loss on the mound. He allowed 10 runs (five earned) on six hits, with two Ks and three walks over 3.2 frames. Walz allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits, with one K and one walk over 1.1 innings.
Breck’s Cohl Proctor was the winning pitcher. He is the son of former HCHS multi-sport standout Michael White.
Jones and Lyday both went 2 for 3 at the plate. Severs was 1 for 1, Keown was 1 for 2, Volocko was 0 for 2 with one RBI, and Tindle was 0 for 3 with one RBI. Dixon scored a run.
By Steve Wimmer