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Section 3 Semi-State Baseball Tournament: Game two set for Wednesday

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By The Staff

HODGENVILLE - Game two of the best-of-three Section 3 Baseball Tournament will be played on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at LaRue County High School.

Bullitt East will have to win to stay alive and force a deciding game on Thursday.

The first game loss will force Bullitt East to send junior Matt Bowles to the mound on Wednesday, but he will only be able to pitch for six innings. High school pitching rules permit a player to only work 15 innings in a calendar week. Bowles threw nine innings last Thursday in the Sixth Region championship game against Butler.

“I just finished the meeting with the players and I pointed at a couple of them and said that someone was going to have to get us one, two or three outs,” head coach Jeff Bowles said.

If Bullitt East had won the first game, the coach would have held his son out and had him for a third game if necessary where he could pitch a full game. Matt Bowles threw 138 pitches against Butler.

“He said he felt fine,” the coach said of his son. “We have another day off. If he competes like he did on Thursday (against Butler) it gives us the best chance to win.”

What is for sure is that Bullitt East will be the home team on Wednesday after being in the visitors’ dug-out for the opening game.

Both the games on Wednesday and Thursday are set to start at 7 p.m.

Admission is $7 per person. Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs as seating is limited.