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Eagles split two games entering the homestretch of the season

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Baseball

By Thomas Barr

 HEBRON ESTATES - Looking to gain some momentum heading into the post-season play, the North Bullitt Eagles continues to make strides.

With a short week due to Derby fund-raisers, North Bullitt took the field only twice - splitting those games.

On Tuesday, North Bullitt hosted a LaRue County team that has been ranked in the state’s top 25 poll for much of the season.

Despite a six-run sixth inning, North Bullitt fell 9-7.

“We had a chance to win,” said head coach Brian Wise. “We were in the ball game. Now, we have to find a way to win.”

The host Eagles jumped on top in the first inning as Jordan Burden led off with a single and Andrew Kennedy sacrificed him to second. After Clayton Kelly was hit by a pitch, Jesse King doubled Burden home.

By the time the Eagles would score again in the sixth inning, North Bullitt trailed 8-1.

In the sixth, Kelly walked and Tyler Lloyd singled. A sacrifice fly by King scored Kelly.

Cody Stinnett, Mitchell Hutchison and Ben Evans all reached on infield errors and Justin Stinson followed with a walk. Pinch-hitter Tyler Mayberry had an RBI single and drove home another run on an error. Kelly walked with the bases loaded to score another run.

Lloyd this hit a bases-loaded smash that was gloved by the second baseman and turned into a double play.

Josh Exton went five innings and took the loss. In a bizarre game, Exton was called for four balks, which scored a couple of runs.

Even on Monday, Wise said he was still mystified about what there was in the motion that distracted the hitters.

On Thursday, the Eagles were looking for a bit of revenue as they traveled to play North Oldham. North Bullitt was able to defeat North Oldham 5-2.

“We were embarrassed by them at home,” Wise said of an earlier 16-4 loss to North Oldham.

With Darren Harper on the hill, North Bullitt broke loose for four runs in the top of the third to break up a scoreless game.

Evans walked and Stinson sacrificed him to second. Burden followed with an RBI single. Kennedy, Kelly, King and Stinnett all followed with singles.

Up 4-0, the host team would reach Harper for only two runs, one earned, in four innings. Due to Harper’s pitching in a JV game, he was on a pitch count. The win ran his record to 3-0 on the season.

Hutchison and Stinnett closed out the final three innings.

North Bullitt would get its final two runs in the sixth inning. Hutchison walked and Evans sacrificed him to second. Burden this hit an RBI double.

Wise was very pleased the way his players came back after the earlier performance against North Oldham.

He also credited Harper with consistently throwing strikes and letting the defense work.

“He doesn’t help the other team,” said Wise, whose team finished the week at 13-16. “The throws strikes and he keeps it low.”