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Hornets pummel Knights in 17-1 win

Jake Frames and Jack Duncan hit home runs and the Hornets banged out 15 hits during a 17-1 win over the Owensboro Knights in Owensboro Tuesday.

Hancock County (10-5) plated six runs in the first inning and never looked back in winning for the ninth time in 10 games.

Frames blasted a 2-run shot in the fourth inning and Duncan followed with a 3-run homer in the fifth. The game was called after five frames via run rule.

Ryan Ogle picked up the win on the mound. He allowed one run on one hit, with six Ks and two walks over three innings. Kaleb Keown pitched the final two frames, striking out five, with no hits or walks allowed.

Frames was 4 for 4 at the plate with two doubles, the homer and four RBI. Duncan was 2 for 3 with a triple, homer and three RBI, Austin Volocko was 3 for 5 with a double and one RBI, Logan Willis was 2 for 4 with a double and four RBI, Keown was 1 for 3 with four runs scored, Drew Lyday was 1 for 4 with two RBI, Hunter Severs and Ryan Jones were both 1 for 4.

Ohio County

Hunter Severs knocked in the go-ahead run and Logan Willis closed out the game on the mound during a 4-3 win in eight innings for the Hornets at Ohio County Monday.

The Eagles scored a run in the first inning and two more in the third to lead 3-0 before Hancock County got the offense going.

The Hornets plated a run in the fourth when Andrew Boutcher singled and scored on a hit by Kaleb Keown. Severs and Austin Volocko both scored for HCHS in the fifth and the score remained tied through seven innings.

Willis led off the eighth with a double. He stole third base before Severs drove him in to put the Hornets ahead 4-3. Willis then set the Eagles down 1-2-3 in the home half of the inning to seal the win. Ohio County got a base hit during the frame, but Hornet catcher Drew Lyday threw out the running trying to steal second. Volocko made the tag.

Willis got the win. He allowed no runs on four hits, with seven Ks and one walk over 5.2 innings. Jordan Payne started and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits, with one K and three walks.

Severs was 3 for 3 with one RBI. Lyday was 2 for 3,  Luke Brown was 1 for 2, Keown was 2 for 4 with two RBI, Willis was 1 for 1 with a double, Boutcher was 2 for 5 with a double, and Volocko was 1 for 5.

Butler County

Eight Hornet players recorded base hits during an 8-0 win for the HCHS varsity baseball team over Butler County Friday at Vastwood Park’s Tommy Keown Field. The contest almost wasn’t as the two teams played through a steady rain.

Pitcher Brock Tindle got the Hornet offense started when he singled in the second inning. Pinch runner Aiden Taylor advanced to third on a hit by Colin Johnson before Luke Brown put Hancock County on top with a 2-run base hit. Drew Lyday later connected for a 2-RBI hit and the score was 4-0.

Hancock County (8-5) plated two more runs in the fifth. Kaleb Keown singled with two outs and Ryan Jones knocked him home with a double. Jones later scored on a defensive error.

The final two runs came in the sixth. Brown reached base on an error and later scored on a bases loaded walk. Austin Volocko singled and scored to account for the final run.

Tindle got the win on the mound while pitching the shutout. He allowed no runs on five hits, with eight Ks and no walks over seven complete innings.

Brown was 1 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Lyday was 1 for 3 with three RBI. Andrew Boutcher was 1 for 2, Volocko, Keown (RBI), Tindle and Johnson were all 1 for 3 and Jones was 1 for 4 with the double and RBI.

By Steve Wimmer

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