Cardinals put up 10 hits in loss

Published 2:15 pm Thursday, April 12, 2018

George Rogers Clark fell to Harrison County’s pit that they could not climb out of early in the game resulting in a 13-5 loss.

Harrison first took a 2-1 lead in the second inning due to a home run knocking in two runs.

The Thoroughbreds second homer occurred in the third inning sending in three runs to give them a 5-1 lead and Harrison never looked back.

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Pitching for the Cardinals was another story within itself as they could not find a rhythm and ultimately going through four different pitchers.

GRC attempted to make a come back scoring three runs thanks to a Cameron Dove home run pulling the Cards back to a score of 6-4 but could never find a way to bridge the gap after the Thoroughbreds scored six runs in the fifth inning.

GRC had 10 hits on the day but allowed Harrison to record 11.

Dakota Puckett, Ethan Neal and Cameron Dove all recorded multiple hits for the Cardinals, led by Dove and Neal who posted three hits.

Head Coach Matt Puckett said his team had small errors that cost them the game.

“It’s a regional opponent and a team to be known to be a very good baseball school,” he said. “They’ve won several state championships so you know you’re going to have to bring your A-game.”

We hit the ball well, we had eight hits and they had nine. They had four errors and we had one. We weren’t down around the plate like we should have been and we had to get down in counts and throw the ball over the plate. They had good hitters and when you don’t do things right, good hitters will make you pay.”

Puckett admits that his team’s pitching game wasn’t the strongest showing.

“It should be better and it will be better, it’s early It wasn’t because of lack of effort, they do everything we ask them,” he said. “Ethan Huff came in the last inning and gave us a good inning. We got some good ground balls to get us out of a mess. Again, you can’t get down in counts you have to get ahead because when you get down then you have to throw the fast ball over and that’s what happened with their two home runs. We have to get ahead in the count.”

He said his team doesn’t need to change a lot batting or in the field besides throwing the ball over the plate.

“We don’t need to do a whole lot defensively or offensively we just have to throw more strikes. Getting ahead in the counts matters a lot. Next game we’re going to tell whoever is pitching to try and get ahead in the count. You don’t have to strike everybody out, just throw strikes and let your defense work.”

GRC is looking to redeem themselves as they play at home again against Powell County on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.