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Wise feels Eagle baseball is peaking at right time

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Baseball

By Thomas Barr

 HEBRON ESTATES - Timing is everything and for North Bullitt baseball coach Brian Wise, the timing of his team’s best games is perfect.

With a week to go in the regular season, Wise is finally seeing what he predicted from his team. The Eagles are getting better offense from throughout the lineup and some young pitchers are stepping up in key situations.

After the setback to Bullitt East, North Bullitt is the third seed in next week’s district tournament. The host Eagles will play Southern. The winner will advance to the finals and also a spot in the regional tournament.

On Thursday, North Bullitt overcame one of its long-time nemesis, Meade County.

Josh Exton was a hero at the plate and on the mound in the 12-9 victory.

Down early, North Bullitt clawed back. In the second inning with two outs, Cody Stinnett walked and Exton hit his first varsity home run.

On the mound in relief, Exton would throw five innings to get the victory.

Down 6-2 in the fourth, North Bullitt exploded for seven runs to take the lead.

King led off with a double and Stinnett’s double plated the catcher. Exton walked and Tyler Mayberry reached on an error. Justin Stinson’s squeeze bunt scored a run and Jordan Burden had a single.

Kennedy would have an RBI single and Clayton Kelly closed out the inning with a 2 RBI single.

The Eagles would score two more in the fifth as Stinnett singled but was erased on Exton’s fielder’s choice. Mayberry reached on an error and Stinson also walked. Mayberry scored on a double steal. And Burden’s single scored Stinson.

The final run in the sixth came as Kelly singled and Lloyd had an RBI double.

On Friday, Beth Haven visited North Bullitt and the Eagles ran away with a 11-1 victory in five innings. King got the victory.

North Bullitt would score nine runs in the first two innings.

Burden singled and Kennedy was hit by a pitch. Kelly reached on a fielder’s choice. Lloyd had a 2 RBI single and Stinnett’s misplayed ball plated two more runs.

In the second, Burden and Kennedy singled and scored on Kelly’s single. Lloyd then hit an RBI triple and King hit a sacrifice fly for the RBI.

North Bullitt would score two more runs in the fifth.

Stinson and Burden singled, while Kennedy and Kelly were both hit by a pitch. Lloyd’s sacrifice fly scored the final run.

The Eagles closed out the week with a victory over a very good Anderson County team on Saturday.

The 8-0 victory brought the Eagles to 16-17 on the season.

“It was a very good win,” said Wise. “Cody pitched very well.”

Once again, the Eagles jumped on top with two runs in the first and second innings.

Kennedy, Kelly, Lloyd and Stinnett all singled between short and third. Mayberry’s bases loaded walk brought home the second run.

In the second, Burden reached on an error and Kelly and Lloyd hit back-to-back RBI doubles.

The Eagles would finish off the nine-hit performance with four runs in the seventh.

“We’re starting to move toward being as good as we can be,” said Wise. “We’re getting better at the right time of the season.”

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North Bullitt will cancel its games on Thursday and Saturday due to reaching the regular season limit. If any of the games are cancelled during the week, the Saturday game at Bethlehem could still be played. The game at home on Friday is still scheduled.

 

 

“It was a good game,” said Eagle head coach Brian Wise. “Bullitt East has played in a lot of close games this season and they know how to win. They didn’t panic. We have to learn how to win the close ones.”

 

Wise said despite the rivalry and the district seeding implications, his team came in loose. It helps by scoring a couple of runs in the first inning.

Anthony Kennedy doubled and Clayton Kelly singled. Tyler Lloyd had an RBI double and Jesse King’s sacrifice fly plated the second run.

North Bullitt would come back with another run in the third. Kennedy and Lloyd walked and King hit an RBI single.

Trying to make things interesting, North Bullitt scored a couple of runs in the seventh. Jordan Burden was hit by a pitch and Kelly walked. Lloyd and King followed with consecutive RBI singles.

“It was a good game. Take nothing away from Bullitt East,” said Wise. “But I’m pleased with the effort and we’re playing well at the right time.”