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Kaleb Keown hit a home run and knocked in six runs while the Hornets knocked off Henderson County 11-7 at Henderson Tuesday.
The Colonels led 1-0 through two innings before Keown smacked a 2-run triple in the third. Drew Lyday followed with a sacrifice fly and Hancock County grabbed a 3-1 advantage. Colin Johnson drew a walk in the fifth then stole second base. Jack Duncan bunted for a base hit and Johnson scored on throwing error. The Hornets followed with hits by Cole Dixon, Keown and Lyday and the Hornets led 8-2 by frames end.
Two runners were on base in the sixth when Keown connected for a 3-run homer over the right field fence. The shot staked Hancock County to 11-2 advantage. The Colonels rallied with five runs in the sixth before Porter Hay closed the door in the seventh.
Jordan Payne got the win on the mound. He allowed one run on no hits, with two Ks and one walk in two innings. Brock Tindle allowed one unearned run on one hit, with one K and three walks in one inning. Dec Lewko allowed five runs (two earned) on two hits, with three Ks and four walks in two innings, and Hay had one K with no walks and no hits in 1.1 innings.
Keown was 3 for 4 at the plate with the HR, 3B and six RBI. Dixon was 2 for 4 with a 2B, Lyday was 1 for 3 with two RBI, Duncan was 1 for 3, Jack Roberts was 1 for 4 with a 2B and Austin Volocko was 1 for 4. Johnson walked three times and scored a run.
Cole Dixon broke the all-time HCHS stolen base record and Logan Willis pitched a complete game during a 6-2 win for the Hornets over Grayson County at Vastwood Park’s Tommy Keown Field Friday.
Dixon stole three bases during the game, the third of which eclipsed the career mark of 84 held by his cousin, Andrew Emmick (1999). Cole currently has 87 steals and counting after stealing two more at Henderson Tuesday. Dixon broke the single season stolen base record in 2021. That mark was also held by his cousin. Emmick still holds the record for most steals in a single game with seven.
Willis got off to a shaky start when the Cougars began the contest with three consecutive base hits. The senior settled in and allowed just one more hit for the entire game. Grayson County did plate one run in the first to lead 1-0.
Dixon opened things for HCHS with a lead off single in the home half of the first. He stole second and Kaleb Keown drew a base on balls. Drew Lyday moved the runners over and Jack Roberts’ sacrifice fly allowed Dixon to tie the game.
The Cougars went ahead 2-1 in the third on an RBI double by Landon Shiarella.Willis and the Hornet defense did the job the rest of the way. Luke Brown was at second base for the injured Ryan Jones and the senior put on a show with seven put outs and two defensive assists.
Dixon singled and stole second base in the third. He advanced to third on an error and later tied the score at 2-2 on a sacrifice fly by Lyday.
Roberts led off the fourth with a double and Jack Duncan laid down a bunt to move Roberts to third base. Duncan beat out the throw on a bang-bang play at first. Umpire Junie Morris made the safe call to the dismay of the visiting bench. Roberts later scored on a sacrifice by Louden Fluharty.
Keown doubled and scored on a hit by Lyday in the fifth and Lyday came home on a hit by Roberts to make the score 5-2. The final run came in the sixth when Colin Johnson singled, stole second and later scored on another quality sacrifice by Fluharty.
Senior Austin Volocko made the final out with a catch in center field. Willis got the win while allowing two runs on four hits, with three Ks and two walks over seven innings.
Dixon was 3 for 4 at the plate and Roberts was 2 for 2 with a double and two RBI. Keown was 1 for 2 with a double and two RBI, Lyday was 1 for 3 with two RBI, Fluharty was 0 for 1 with two RBI, Johnson and Duncan were both 1 for 3.
Daviess County banged out 16 hits during a 13-8 win over the Hornets on Wednesday, April 26 at Owensboro. Hancock County held a 4-3 lead in the second inning before the Panthers rallied to score all their runs over a four inning stretch.
Brock Tindle started and took the loss. He allowed seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits, with four Ks and one walk over two frames. Kolby Keown allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits, with two Ks and one walk in two innings of relief. Porter Hay pitched the final two frames. He allowed one hit with one K and one walk.
Lyday was 1 for 1 with three RBI, Johnson was 1 for 2, Duncan was 1 for 3 with one RBI, Brown was1 for 4 with two RBI, Keown was 1 for 4 with one RBI and Dixon was 1 for 5. Roberts walked twice and scored two runs. Aiden Taylor scored a run and stole a base.
By Steve Wimmer