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Eagles open diamond season with 3-1 start

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Baseball

By Thomas Barr

 HEBRON ESTATES - It wasn’t perfect but the opening week of the baseball season was about all North Bullitt head coach Brian Wise could have asked for.

In winning three of four games, Wise was very pleased with just about every aspect of his team’s play.

“We’re just about where we thought we would be,” said Wise. “Our pitching has been very, very good. And we’re all adjusting on offense to the new bats.”

While still not crushing the ball, each game Wise is seeing the number of hard hits increase, even on Saturday against a college-bound pitcher from Jeffersontown.

“It is getting better,” said Wise.

The most pleasant surprise of the early season is new leadoff hitter Anthony Kennedy. After getting a lot of varsity innings late last year in centerfield, the junior was hitting at a .600 clip.

“He’s really doing well and he continues to play excellent defense,” said Wise.

Last Monday, the Eagles went on the road to face Holy Cross, returning home with an 8-3 victory.

Cody Stinnett got the win allowing two earned runs in five innings. Brandon Johnson finished with two scoreless innings.

Kennedy led off the game with a double, was sacrificed to second by Jesse King and scored on Clayton Kelly’s sacrifice fly.

Tyler Lloyd and Jordan Burden singled in the second and Kennedy followed with an RBI single.

The Holy Cross hurler got a bit generous in the third. The Eagles scored three times without a hit. Five walks and an error led to the uprising.

Sporting their new all-white uniforms, North Bullitt won its home opener 3-2 over Seneca on Tuesday.

Mitchell Hutchison went all seven innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out 10.

Kennedy, who would go three for four, led off with a single and scored on Hutchison’s groundout to tie the score.

In the sixth, Ben Evans walked, Lloyd singled and Justin Stinson walked. Kennedy’s single plated two runs.

Seneca pulled to within 3-2 with the tying run on third base in the bottom of the seventh. However, with two outs, Hutchison fanned the final batter.

On Thursday, North Bullitt defeated Whitefield Academy 4-2.

 

Josh Exton got the win with nine strikeouts and no hits in four innings. Johnson came in to get the save with three innings of relief.

In the second, Stinnett singled and pinchrunner Tyler Mayberry stole second. Evans sacrificed the runner and Lloyd’s single brought home the first run.

In the third, Kennedy reached on an error and King singled. Kelly’s triple plated both runners. Hutchison and Stinnett were both hit and Evans drove home Kelly with a sacrifice fly.

On Saturday, North Bullitt entertained its best opponent of the season in Jeffersontown.

For Wise, it was a matter of making some errors. In fact, the Chargers plated two unearned runs in the first inning off Stinnett.

Kelly got one back with a solo home run in the first.

They tied the game in the fourth as Kelly singled and Hutchison walked. Stinnett sacrificed the runners and Evans singled to plate Kelly.

Jeffersontown came back in the fifth with back-to-back doubles for the 3-2 victory.

The Eagles had scoring opportunities in each of the next two innings but couldn’t get the big hit.

Stinnett went six and a third innings and gave up only one earned run.

“We played very well against a good team,” said Wise. “We needed that game to tell us where we’re at.”

With games this week against St. Xavier on Wednesday and on Friday against Eastern (at home), Wise said he would get a much better idea the status of his team.