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Lyday rescues Hornets with ninth inning double

Carter Lyday takes a mighty cut during the Hornet’s win over Henderson County Tuesday. The sophomore delivered the game winning hit to beat Tell City Monday.

Carter Lyday knocked in the game winning run and the Hornets defeated Tell City 5-3 in nine innings during a varsity baseball game played in southern Indiana Monday.

“Carter smashes one to left-center field and gets us a run in the ninth and chaos broke loose from there,” HCHS coach Brad Keown said.
The game was tied at 3-3 through eight innings when Carson Clark was hit by a wild pitch to begin the ninth. Clark later stole second base and was in scoring position when Lyday came to the plate with one out.

Lyday jumped on a 1-2 pitch and smacked a fly ball to left-center field. The ball fell in for a double and Clark scored to give Hancock County a 4-3 lead. Dec Lewko later drilled a line drive base hit to knock in Lyday.

Kolby Keown made the catch on a bases loaded line drive to end the game in the home half of the ninth. Clark helped put Hancock in extra innings when he hit a 2-run base hit with two outs in the sixth frame.

Lewko got the win in relief while allowing no runs on four hits, with 10 Ks and three walks in 4.2 innings. Jordan Payne allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, with nine Ks and three walks over 4.1 frames.

“Jordan threw a great game. He threw his heart out and Dec came in with a long stretch and was able to finish it off. We had two great pitching performances,” the coach said.

Lewko was 3 for 5 with a double and one RBI, Clark was 1 for 3 with two RBI, Jack Roberts was 1 for 2, Lyday was 1 for 4 with a double and one RBI, and Jacob Shultz was 1 for 4. Brock Tindle had one RBI. Kaiden Casebolt had four hits for Tell City. C. Stiff took the loss on the mound.

Owensboro

The Owensboro Red Devils scored two runs in the seventh inning to win a close, 5-2 contest against the HCHS Hornet varsity baseball team here last Wednesday, March 20.

Errors hurt Hancock County when Owensboro plated two unearned runs in the first inning. Jordan Payne led off the second with a double and later stole third base. Dylan Mucker drove in Payne with a line drive to left field and the score was 2-1.

Brock Tindle was on the mound for HCHS and the senior held down the Devils long enough for the Hornets to tie the score at 2-2 in the fourth. Again it was Payne who crossed home plate.

The senior singled, stole second, advanced to third on a base hit by Tindle and scored on a single by Carson Clark. The Hornets had runners at second and third base when Owensboro recorded the third out.

The Red Devils went back in front 3-2 in the fifth on an RBI double by Blake Kimbrell. Owensboro later plated two runs on a hit by Brady Benjamin in the seventh.

Dec Lewko doubled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but was left stranded when OHS made a 6-3 put-out to win the game.
Payne was 2 for 3 at the plate with a double, Tindle was 1 for 2, Clark and Mucker were both 1 for 3 with one RBI and Lewko was 1 for 4 with a double.

Tindle allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits, with six Ks and four walks over 6.2 innings. Kolby Keown allowed one hit and struck out one batter in 0.1 innings of relief.

Muhlenberg County

Muhlenberg County had 14 hits and 14 RBI during a 15-1 win over the Hornets in five innings at Vastwood Park last Thursday.
The Mustangs scored eight runs on six hits in the first inning and later plated seven runs in the fourth.

Hancock County’s lone run came in the third when Kolby Keown scored on a fly ball hit by Jack Roberts.

Keown allowed eight runs (seven earned) on six hits, with two Ks and one walk in one inning pitched. Lewko allowed no runs on two hits, with three Ks and one walk over one frame. Louden Fluharty allowed five runs on three hits, with one K and two walks in 1.1 inning, and

Noah Keown allowed two runs on three hits, with one K and three walks over 1.2 innings. Roberts was 2 for 2 at the plate and Clark was 1 for 2. Eli DeBoer had three hits and five RBI and Colton Carver had four RBI.

By Steve Wimmer

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