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Lyday homers, drives in five runs in loss to North Oldham


North Oldham plated five runs during the late innings to win 7-5 over the Hornets baseball team during the home opener on Tuesday evening at Vastwood Park. The Warriors grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning but that advantage didn’t last long. Drew Lyday smashed a 3-run home run to left field in the home half of the frame and Hancock County was back in front. Cole Dixon and Kaleb Keown kept the inning alive with back-to-back two out singles to set up Lyday.

Leading 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth with the bases loaded, Lyday walked and Colin Johnson trotted home to give the Hornets a 4-2 advantage.
North Oldham came right back and tied the score in the fifth when a ground ball error allowed two runs to score. The Warriors took a 5-4 lead later in the inning when a run scored on a wild pitch. The visitors later added two more in the sixth to lead 7-4.

Jack Roberts entered the game in the sixth and promptly singled and scored on a base hit by Lyday. The Hornets had a great chance with runners on second and third with one out, but the next two batters went down on strikes to end the inning. Jack Duncan led off the seventh with a base hit but the game later ended on a double play when Johnson hit a line shot to the second baseman and Duncan was doubled off at first.

Brock Tindle started on the mound for the Hornets. He allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits, with six Ks and two walks over 4.1 innings pitched. Logan Willis allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits, with one walk over one frame. Willis was charged with the loss. Porter Hay pitched the final 1.2 innings. He allowed no runs on two hits.

Lyday was 2 for 3 at the plate with the home run and five RBI. Keown was 2 for 3 with a double, Roberts was 1 for 1, Dixon was 1 for 2 and Austin Volocko and Duncan both went 1 for 4. Volocko had one stolen base.

By Steve Wimmer

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