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Senior lefty Drew Harrington helped the Central Hardin Bruins continue one of their best starts in school history Wednesday.
Harrington struck out 16 and gave up just three hits and one walk as the seventh-ranked Bruins topped Louisville Butler, 6-0 in the Derby City Classic in Louisville.
“He was locked in,” Central Hardin coach Todd Thompson said. “He threw all of his pitches for strikes and had a good day.”
The Bruins (10-0) are off to their best start in the last 12 seasons. They started 9-1 in 2010 and 2011 and 7-3 last season. Central Hardin beat the Bears for the second time this season – the host Bruins won, 2-0 on March 23.
Seniors Alex Crowder, Troy Squires and Zach Ditto and freshman Justin Rouse collected multiple hits for Central Hardin. Crowder had three singles, two runs and an RBI, while Squires singled twice and scored twice.
Ditto doubled, singled and drove in two runs, and Rouse had two singles and an RBI.
CENTRAL HARDIN 6, BUTLER 0
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Butler 000 000 0 0 3 2
Drew Harrington and Gabe Hogan. Sturgeon, Hedgecock (4), Goodman (6) and Lewis, Sosa (4). WP: Harrington (2-0). LP: Sturgeon. 2B: Zach Ditto (CH).
UP NEXT: Central Hardin plays No. 10 Louisville Male at 3 p.m. today in the Derby City Classic at Louisville Southern.
JOHN HARDIN 3, THOMAS NELSON 1. The Bulldogs (6-7) won their third straight game with a win over the host Generals in the Thomas Nelson Spring Break Bash.
Sophomore Dajour Strong won his third game of the season. Strong (3-1) struck out two while giving up five hits and one earned run in six innings.
Senior Lavonte Wilson paced John Hardin at the plate with two singles, while sophomore Dakoda Rothermel had an RBI single. Junior Dale Gumm singled and stole three bases.
JOHN HARDIN 3, THOMAS NELSON 1
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John Hardin 001 001 1 3 4 0
Thomas Nelson 001 000 0 1 6 2
Dajour Strong, Jason Baumgardner (7) and Zach Miller. Patrick Clark and Nance. WP: Strong (3-1). LP: Clark. S: Baumgardner. 3B: Nance (TN).
UP NEXT: John Hardin hosts Taylor County at 11 a.m. Saturday.
JOHN HARDIN 9, BARDSTOWN BETHLEHEM 8. After watching visiting Bethlehem tie the game with three runs in the top of the inning, junior Nawdya Fletcher hit a walk-off single to end it in the bottom – giving the Lady Bulldogs (2-4) their second win in three games.
Senior Brooke Reed went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and one RBI for John Hardin, which took an 8-3 lead after falling behind 3-0. Senior Katlyn Geer was 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and an RBI, while senior Lexi Wood doubled and singled twice.
Geer (2-4) gave up 15 hits, eight runs and three walks. She struck out two.
JOHN HARDIN 9, BETHLEHEM 8
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Bethlehem 120 002 3 815 4
John Hardin 020 420 1 915 2
Newton, Conover (5) and Duncan. Katlyn Geer and Lexi Wood. WP: Geer (2-4). LP: Conover. 2B: Wood (JH), Geer (JH), Brooke Reed (JH) 2, Newton (B), Duncan (B), Fulmer (B), Spalding (B).
UP NEXT: John Hardin hosts Thomas Nelson at 5:30 p.m. today.
TUESDAY: WHITESVILLE TRINITY 4, LARUE COUNTY 3. A seventh-inning rally came up just short as the Lady Hawks (3-10) lost their third straight one-run game in the Florida Beach Bash.
LaRue County scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, two coming on a single by sophomore Trishtian Cruse. Junior Courtney Johnson went 3-for-4 with a double, while freshman Shakeya Washington had two singles.
Senior Kayla Skaggs took the loss. She struck out four, while allowing seven hits and three earned runs in seven innings.
TRINITY 4, LARUE COUNTY 3
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Trinity 030 100 0 4 7 2
LaRue County 000 000 3 3 9 2
Hailey Roby and Unknown. Kayla Skaggs and Sierra Mullins. WP: Roby. LP: Skaggs. 2B: Chelsea Howard (T), Brianna Johnson (T), Courtney Johnson (LC).
UP NEXT: LaRue County hosts John Hardin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.