PREP BASEBALL: Central cruises past Campbellsville (5/27)

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By Chuck Jones

By CHUCK JONES cjones@thenewsenterprise.com RADCLIFF — The hits just keep on coming for the Central Hardin Bruins. The Bruins, who had 32 hits in their two previous games, pounded out 15 more against the Campbellsville Eagles – 10 in an 11-run first inning – on their way to a convincing 12-2 victory Tuesday night in the 5th Region Baseball Tournament semifinals at John Hardin High School. “We’re just clicking right now, that’s for sure,” Central Hardin senior Ryan Hays said. “Everyone is keeping the same routine and everyone is going up to the plate with confidence. We were just hitting it where they weren’t.” Central Hardin (27-7) reached the region final for the third consecutive year and the Bruins meet a familiar opponent – Elizabethtown. Elizabethtown beat Central Hardin for the region championship in 2007 and the Bruins returned the favor in last year’s title game. Central Hardin beat Elizabethtown last week in the 17th District championship game after losing twice to the Panthers in the regular season. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. today at John Hardin.  “It’s really huge for us,” Central Hardin senior Cody Alvey said. “It was big last week to win the district championship, and to get back to the region final with a chance at winning another championship, it’s unbelievable.” What’s been unbelievable are Central Hardin’s bats. The Bruins had 12 hits in the district championship and 20 hits in the first round of the region tournament. It continued Tuesday night, taking the wind out of the Eagles (15-13) from the start. After senior Kyle Nichols reached on an error in the top of the first, the Bruins strung together five consecutive hits. Hays and sophomore Ryan Squires reached on back-to-back singles before sophomore Russ Morse smacked a bases-clearing double to center. Sophomore Taylor Wilson followed with a single, and then senior Tyler Thompson had a bunt single to drive in a run. “We picked the right time to have a big inning,” Morse said. “Everyone was swinging at the first good pitch they saw. That was huge for us to get off to such a good start.” It was far from over for Campbellsville. After an out and sophomore Levi McCamish walked to load the bases, senior Houston Howlett lined a two-run single to right. McCamish scored on an error when Howlett stole second. Hays drilled a double to left field to bring in Howlett. After a Squires single, Morse and Wilson had back-to-back run-scoring singles. When the dust had settled, Central Hardin led 11-0 and was well on its way to the region championship. Alvey, who went to the bullpen during the first inning to get loose again, did the rest. He allowed four hits, three walks and two runs – one earned. The right-hander struck out four to notch his eighth win in 10 decisions. “It’s a whole lot easier when your offense does that,” Alvey said. “You can just settle in and throw. I’d warm up twice every inning if we can do that. There was just a sense of excitement, trying to get as many (runs) as we could.” Squires went 4-for-4 and scored twice. Hays and Morse each collected three hits, including a double. Morse drove in four runs, while Hays scored three times. Wilson was 2-for-3 with one run scored and an RBI. Central HARDIN 12, Campbellsville 2                                                 R H E Central Hardin      (11)01     00     12 15 1 Campbellsville          010     10      2 4 1 Cody Alvey and Russ Morse. Aaron Schwoebel, Ben Janes (1) and Adam Simmons. WP: Alvey (8-2). LP: Schwoebel. 2B: Ryan Hays (CH), Russ Morse (CH), Janes (C). Chuck Jones can be reached at 505-1759