North Bullitt ready to start ‘new’ season on Monday

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By The Staff

    HEBRON ESTATES - For the North Bullitt Eagles, the “new” baseball season started on Monday of this week.

    After losing two of three contests last week, head coach Brian Wise told his team that it would start the season from scratch with a scheduled game against Whitefield to start this week.

    “I told them we’re going to begin the new season this week,” said Wise, whose team fell to 12-15. “We’ve got some big district games coming up.”

    One of those games was to be on Tuesday against Bullitt Central. The other would be on May 12 against Southern in a make-up of a game scheduled for last Tuesday that was rained out. Both of those games will be at home.

    Preparing for the district game against Southern, Wise went to five pitchers in a battle against Nelson County that the Eagles won 8-7.

    North Bullitt jumped on top 3-0 in the first inning. Clayton Kelly and Travis Ridley singled and Cody Montgomery walked. Marcel Hull doubled home two runs. T.J. Barr singled home the third run.

    The scoring was non-existent until the top of the sixth when Nelson scored three runs on three hits.

    North Bullitt came back with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Hull singled, Barr reached on a bunt single and Mitchell Hutchison singled, while Cody Stinnett walked. All four would score.

    In the top of the seventh, Nelson tied the score at 7-7 on a 3-run homer.

    Tied in the bottom of the seventh, Wise said his strategy was to win the game in that frame.

    Ridley reached on an error and Montgomery singled. Hull was walked intentionally to set up a force play.

    With the left-handed hitting Barr at the plate, Wise said he wouldn’t normally call for the suicide squeeze bunt. However, with a desire to win the game right there and not put any pressure on a freshman on deck, Wise called the play.

    On a 2-1 count, Barr laid down the bunt and Ridley scored for the victory.

    “It was a good win for us,” said Wise. “Earlier in the season we had a lead and lost it and weren’t able to come back. I was very encouraged.”

    Hutchison got the victory as he came in to record the final two outs.

    Wise hoped to take that momentum into Tuesday’s district game against Southern; however, rain postponed that game until next Wednesday.

    On Wednesday, Wise was very pleased with the pitching of Mongtomery. In the 4-1 loss, the junior gave up no earned runs. However, Wise said a few walks, a balk and a couple of errors led to the defeat.

    “We hit a lot of hard balls right at people,” said Wise. “It was a game of two good pitchers.”

    North Bullitt scored its lone run in the third as Ridley singled, stole second and scored on Montgomery’s single.

    Thursday’s finale got off to an encouraging start against Meade County. North Bullitt scored three runs in the first inning as Kelly walked, Ridley tripled, Montgomery and Hull both singled.

    That would be the end of the offense for the home team.

    The big inning for the visitors was the fourth when the Green Wave scored four times to take a 4-3 lead.

    “It was a perfect inning,” Wise said of the first-inning offensive burst. “But give Meade County credit, they shut us down.”

    While only collecting five hits, Wise was encouraged that several hard shots were once again right at the defenders.