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Jake Frames hit a walk-off grand slam home run to lift the Hornets to a dramatic, 7-3 win over Heritage Hills (IN) at Vastwood Park’s Tommy Keown Field Tuesday.
“When it came off his bat I knew it was gone,” HCHS coach Brad Keown said of Frames’ slam. “Finally the boys were able to fight and get one to go their way. It was a win we needed going into district next week.”
The Patriots plated two runs in the top of the first inning before Hornets’ starting pitcher Jordan Payne got the third out on strikes.
Hancock County (11-15) answered back quickly. Cole Dixon singled to lead off the home half of the first then stole second base. He later scored on an RBI ground out by Drew Lyday. Kaleb Keown made it 2-2 with a double and a run scored.
Heritage Hills regained the lead (3-2) with a run in the second, and the score remained unchanged until the fifth frame when Keown jacked a solo homer that tied the score.
Sam Walz was on the mound in relief and he and Hornet defense held the visitors scoreless the rest of the way.
Hancock County needed a run in the bottom of the seventh to win, and Frames delivered.
Base hits by Austin Volocko and Logan Willis, along with an intentional walk to Ryan Jones left the bases loaded with two outs. Frames, a junior, took the first pitch and parked it over the fence in left field for the walk-off slam. The Hornets celebrated with their teammate at home plate while the Heritage Hills players tipped their caps to the winners.
Frames was 2 for 3 at the plate with the grand slam and four RBI. Keown was 2 for 3 with a double, a homer and one RBI, and Jones was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Volocko was 1 for 3, and Dixon and Willis were both 1 for 4. Dixon, Jones, Keown, Aiden Taylor and Andrew Boutcher all had one stolen base each.
Walz earned the win on the mound. He allowed no runs on four hits, with one K and no walks over five innings. Payne allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, with two Ks, three walks and one hit batsman in two innings.
Muhlenberg County plated three runs in the third inning during a 4-2 win over the Hornets at Vastwood Park Saturday.
Hancock County grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Cole Dixon singled and scored. The Hornets left runners at second and third in the fourth inning before scoring their final run in the sixth when Austin Volocko walked and scored on a wild pitch.
The Mustangs’ three third inning runs were scored on defensive errors. Their final run came in the seventh on a walk and another error.
Brock Tindle took the loss on the mound. He allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits, with three Ks and two walks over seven complete innings.
Volocko and Ryan Jones were both 1 for 3 at the plate, and Dixon was 1 for 4. Kaleb Keown and Dixon scored a run each. Dixon stole one base, giving him an HCHS record of 43 on the season.
The Hornets lost 12-2 in five innings to Owensboro Catholic in Owensboro last Thursday.
The region’s top team broke the game open with seven runs in the second inning. The Aces added two more runs in the third and fourth frames and one more in the fifth.
Hancock County’s two runs came in the fourth. Volocko and Jones led off with back-to-back singles and Austin came home on a sacrifice fly by Jake Frames. Jones scored on a base hit by Hunter Severs.
Luke Brown took the loss on the mound. He allowed seven runs on five hits, with one K and four walks over 1.2 innings. Ryan Ogle allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, with two walks over 2.2 frames.
Volocko was 2 for 2 at the plate with a run scored. Frames was 1 for 1 with one RBI, Jones was 1 for 2 with a run and one steal, and Severs was 1 for 2 with an RBI. Dixon was 1 for 3. Drew Lyday had a sacrifice.
By Steve Wimmer