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By CHUCK JONES email@example.com
CECILIA — Meade County coach Todd Clanton and the Green Wave have had their share of tough luck this season. Entering this week, the Green Wave were 4-6 in games decided by two or less runs.
It appears Meade County’s fortunes are turning around and it couldn’t be at a better time as the Green Wave begin postseason play next week.
The Green Wave won their second consecutive game by a single run, handing the homestanding Central Hardin Bruins a 3-2 loss in 10 innings Thursday night. The victory came two nights after knocking off LaRue County, 8-7.
“It felt good,” Clanton said. “We’ve played a lot of teams close, but we’ve come up short. It’s nice to be on the other end for once.”
Meade County (10-15) fell behind 2-0 after three innings, but managed to tie it at 2-all in the sixth before plating the game-winning run in the top of the 10th.
Junior Daniel DeRossett singled up the middle. Sophomore Brenton Smith, DeRossett’s pinch-runner, advanced to second on senior Mikie DeRossett’s sacrifice bunt and moved to third on a ground out. Central Hardin sophomore Dylon Shoffner struck out the next hitter, but the ball squirted to the backstop, allowing Smith to score.
“We kept battling,” Clanton said. “We missed some signs early on. In the past, we would get down on ourselves. But we did some good things and we kept battling. They deserved to win this game.”
Central Hardin (22-6) lost for only the second time in 14 games. Coach Todd Thompson was disappointed with his team’s hitting. The Bruins had seven hits, but struck out 12 times.
“Our approach at the plate was horrible,” Thompson said. “Our two-strike swings were bad. We had no enthusiasm … no life. We thought we’d just show up and win a game. It doesn’t happen like that.”
The Bruins scored a run in the first when senior Ryan Hays reached on an error, stole second and came home on senior Tyler Thompson’s single.
Central Hardin senior Kyle Nichols singled and Hays doubled down the left-field line with one out. Thompson grounded out to second, but Nichols scored to make it 2-0.
The Green Wave sliced the lead to 2-1 in the fourth on senior Braden Pace’s ground out and tied it in the sixth when freshman Bo Wilson reached on an error to score junior Chris Kwarciany, who had singled and moved to third on a Pace single.
“Errors killed us,” Thompson said. “We weren’t focused and we weren’t ready to play.”
Mikie DeRossett earned the win, working nine innings. He allowed six hits and two runs – one earned – while striking out 11. Junior Andrew Oliver picked up the save.
Four Central Hardin pitchers – senior Dillon Pender and sophomores Taylor Wilson, Austin Walters and Shoffner – combined to limit the Green Wave to four hits. All three runs were unearned. Walters worked three perfect innings as he struck out seven of the nine hitters he faced.
MEADE COUNTY 3, Central hardin 2, 10 innings
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Meade County 000 101 000 1 3 4 3
Central Hardin 000 101 000 0 2 7 4
Mikie DeRossett, Andrew Oliver (10) and Brady Smith. Dillon Pender, Taylor Wilson (5), Austin Walters (7), Dylon Shoffner (10) and Russ Morse. WP: DeRossett. LP: Shoffner (2-1). Save: Oliver. 2B: Ryan Hays (CH).
UP NEXT: Central Hardin hosts Louisville Fern Creek at 6 p.m. today. Meade County plays at Louisville Fern Creek at noon Saturday.
Chuck Jones can be reached at 505-1759