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HEBRON ESTATES - The North Bullitt Eagles picked up another key district victory last week but head coach Brian Wise is still tinkering with a lineup he thought might be settled by this stage in the season.
Looking for some offensive spark, Wise and his staff continues to move around players. However, the one constant this season has been strong pitching.
That was the case again last week.
The biggest win of the short week occurred on Thursday when the Eagles picked up their second district victory, a 6-3 win over Fairdale.
It was also an important win for senior hurler Cody Montgomery. Looking to return to 2010 post-season form, Montgomery had his best outing of the year.
He finished with 11 strikeouts and walked just two batters while going the distance in allowing one earned run.
“It was important for Cody to pitch well in an important game,” said Wise. “We will need him to reach the goals that we hope to accomplish.”
It wasn’t until shortly before game time that Wise decided to go with Montgomery, who had struggled in a couple of past relief outings.
“I had that gut feeling that Cody would pitch well,” said Wise. “And he did. It was a big win for us.”
North Bullitt jumped on top in the first inning. Clayton Kelly was hit by a pitch and Tyler Shewmaker singled. Montgomery then drove both home with a single.
Fairdale tied the score at 2-2 in the fourth inning by virtue of an error and several infield singles.
In the sixth, the Eagles finished off the Bulldogs. Montgomery led off with a solo home run and Marcel Hull followed with a double. T.J. Barr hit a sacrifice bunt and Will Parker got the RBI with a single. Mitchell Hutchison followed with a single and Evan Bickett hit a two-run pinch-hit single on the right-field line.
“We talked about taking good swings,” said Wise. “We need to be more aggressive.”
The victory came after a 4-3 setback to Kentucky Country Day on Wednesday.
The visitors were down 3-1 when Reid Padgett hit a two-run homer to knot the game at 3-3.
However, KCD won the contest with a run in the bottom of the seventh on a single and a double.
With big district games on Wednesday at Southern and on Thursday at Bullitt Central, Wise said the destiny of a top seed in the post-season tourney falls in the hands of the Eagles.
“It’s in our hands,” said Wise. “We want to win our way to a number one seed.”