First Win: Cards Defeat Bluehawks 13-5

Published 7:38 am Friday, April 1, 2022

Recently, under first-year Head Coach Chris Varney, the Cards got their baseball season started.

They’ve begun with a 2-3 record, prior to Thursday’s game against Estill County.

In their opening contest on Monday, March 21st , the Cards fell to South Laurel (4-3) 8-2, an opponent coming off a 20-12 season.

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South Laurel was able to score four runs in the first and two in the second before GRCHS scored two of their own in the 3rd to cut into the lead. South Laurel then scored two in the 4th to regain a 6-run advantage, which they would hold onto throughout the game.

Two days later, against Bluegrass United, the Cards got their first win of the season by a convincing 13-5 score. The Bluehawks had a 3-1 lead through three innings, before the Cards exploded with 10 runs in the 4th inning to capture an 8-run advantage.

Though two more runs were scored by each team, the Cards were able to maintain their 8-run edge. They held their opponent’s offense to a .130 batting average, while leaving their pitching with a .933 ERA.

The Cards’ third contest of the week – and first away game – took place at Perry County Central in Hazard. In a close game, the Cards were defeated 6-5 in 9 innings.

A scheduled Saturday afternoon home game against Scott High School was postponed to an undetermined date due to inclement weather.

This week, in a matchup against Bryan Station, the Cards fell to the Defenders 4-3. Zack Brookshire struck out six batters through 4.2 innings of pitching, while Caden Spicer batted 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. Carter Maynard and Grayson Gough also delivered hits for the Cards.

They got back to their winning ways on Monday in a 9-8 victory against Tates Creek (5-6).

The boys continue their season with matchups against Estill County (6-2) on March 31st at 5:30, Frederick Douglass (5-1) on April 1st at 6:00, along with a doubleheader against both Hazard (5-2) at 11:00 and Western Hills (3-5) at a time to be announced.

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Sports correspondent Matt Cizek wrote this story for the Winchester Sun.