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North gets big win over ranked Butler

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Baseball

By The Staff

    HEBRON ESTATES - Coach Brian Wise had seen his North Bullitt Eagles play some very good teams during the season. Some of the outcomes were very close.

    But, the coach in his fourth year as skipper of the Eagles was looking for that signature victory.

    On Thursday, it happened.

    Behind the pitching and hitting of junior Cody Montgomery, North Bullitt defeated Butler 5-3. The Bears had been perennial Sixth Region power Pleasure Ridge Park and was ranked among the top 20 in various state polling services.

    “On a given day, we’re a pretty good baseball team,” said Wise. “I was looking for that one big win.”

    Maybe the most telling sign of the day was that for only the second time in 30 games, the Eagles did not commit an error in the field.

    The visitors got on the board first with two runs in the top of the opening inning.

    But North Bullitt came right back and got even in the bottom of the first.

    Travis Ridley the first of his three singles on the day and Montgomery doubled him home. Marcel Hull followed with an RBI double.

    “After we tied it at 2-2, he (Montgomery) gained confidence on the mound,” said Wise.

    After each team scored a run in the middle innings, Montgomery finished the scoring in the fifth as Ridley singled and Montgomery homered for the 5-3 lead. He had also doubled in the third.

    Montgomery was in control on the hill with the only rocky moment in the seventh. With five straight balls to open in the inning, Wise went to talk to his hurler.

    “His body language was good,” said Wise. “I’ve learned to read the players rather than listen to what they say if I ask them if they are tired.”

    Montgomery finished out the game without allowing another run.

    “It was our best game of the season,” said Wise.

    He said it is so important for a pitcher to have confidence in his defense, especially in games against good opponents.

    “It can change the way the pitchers throw,” said Wise. “If the defense plays well, pitchers don’t feel they have to strike out every batter.”