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Eagles finish the regular season on winning run

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Baseball

By Thomas Barr

  HEBRON ESTATES - If you divided the season into four segments, North Bullitt’s baseball Eagles have enjoyed two of the first three.

And now, they hope to have a memorable run in segment number four.

After getting off to a 5-1 start, coach Brian Wise’s team suffered a tough middle stretch only to close out the season on a 10-2 run.

As a result, the Eagles were poised to make a big run in the 24th District tournament and the Sixth Region classic.

By virtue of the late-season push, the Eagles finished the regular season with a 19-17 record.

“We’re playing our best baseball,” said Wise. “That’s the ultimate goal of any team.”

Coming into the district tournament, Wise said everything was lining up just like he wanted and felt the team was definitely coming together.

“We’re really pleased with our progress.”

On Monday, the Eagles got a huge confidence boost by defeating Christian Academy, which had been ranked in the top 25 in Kentucky at times this season.

The homestanding Eagles scored in the first inning and that was all Mitchell Hutchison would need in the 5-0 victory. Hutchison carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his best outing of the season.

Offensively, shortstop Clayton Kelly had the big day with two home runs.

As a team, North Bullitt had seven hits.

On Tuesday, the Eagles defeated Seneca for a second time this season.

It was a scoreless battle until the top of the fourth when North Bullitt would push three runs across the plate en route to the 7-4 victory.

Josh Exton evened his record at 4-4 on the season with the victory.

Of the eight hits, four were for extra bases for North Bullitt. Hutchison had a pair of doubles while Kelly and Jesse King also had doubles.

The regular season finale was a 13-2 crushing of North Hardin.

The Eagles got a run in the first, five in the second and six more in the third.

Hutchison picked up his second victory of the week on the hill and Kelly ripped his third home run of the week.

Kelly also had a triple and Cody Stinnett had a couple in the 10-hit attack. For the season, Kelly is hitting over .450 with six home runs.

North Bullitt pitchers allowed just three hits. North Hardin’s defense was a bit generous in committing six errors on the day.

The Eagles entered district play at home against Southern on Tuesday afternoon. The winner of that contest would play in the district final against the winner of the Bullitt East-Bullitt Central game.

Both the finalists will advance to the Sixth Region tournament which opens Monday at St. Xavier High.