PREP BASEBALL: Panthers blank Hawks

MATT TYSON/The News-Enterprise Elizabethtown’s Jacob Moberly on the mound against LaRue County in the top of the seventh inning Monday evening at the Elizabethtown Sports Park. Moberly pitched a dominant game from start to finish in a 6-0 Panther victory.

Jacob Moberly had a feeling that he could go all seven innings Monday evening at the Elizabethtown Sports Park. On the mound to start Elizabethtown’s game against LaRue County, the senior pitcher knew it was just one of those nights.

“When I start a game, I feel like I want to go all seven because that’s just the competitor in me,” Moberly said. “Sometimes, I know when I’m not gonna be able to go that far, but today I started off feeling good.”

It was hard to argue with him on that by the game’s close, as Moberly struck out 14 and held the Hawks to four hits on the way to a 6-0 win for the Panthers.

“I thought we did a good job of staying in the game early and often and I thought we were executing what we were talking about all week,” Elizabethtown coach Chase Greenwell said. “We put a few runs on the board and I thought Jacob threw a heck of a ballgame. He had his good stuff tonight. He was the force behind what happened tonight.”

Moberly started things off by holding LaRue County hitless through the first two innings and striking out four. The Panther bats followed up in the bottom of the second. With Caleb Adams on third base after doubling on a line drive and then advancing to third on a wild pitch, Ryan Pyles helped get him home by connecting on a ground ball to put Elizabethtown up 1-0.

The Panthers followed this up with another run in the bottom of the fourth before adding two runs each in both the fifth and sixth innings.

The game came to an end in the top of the seventh on what would be Moberly’s 14th and final strikeout of the night.

“It was a good team win,” Moberly said. “It shows that we can come out and compete and play against a good team and keep them to no runs.”

Elizabethtown finished the evening with six hits, with two each from Ryder Gregory and Camden Williams. Williams and Bryce Estes each had two of the Panthers’ six RBIs, while Gregory and Noah Brown each had two of their six runs.

Jaxson Thomas was responsible for three of LaRue County’s four hits, with the fourth coming courtesy of Daniel Snodgrass.

“That’s the difference in the game. We’ve gotta hit the ball better, bottom line,” LaRue County coach Kellen Lobb said. “No matter if Jacob’s pitching or Greg Maddux was pitching, it doesn’t matter. We’ve gotta hit it, that’s the bottom line and we’re struggling right now.”

Sean Rivera was the Hawks’ starting pitcher and stayed on until getting pulled in the bottom of the fifth, finishing with three strikeouts, five hits, four runs and a walk.

Brian Sanchez took his place until coming off in the bottom of the sixth to be replaced by Jameson LaRue for the inning’s remainder. Sanchez struck out one and allowed a hit, a run and a walk. LaRue also earned a strikeout, but had a run and four walks as well.

Elizabethtown (11-7) heads to John Hardin tonight for a 5:30 p.m. game. LaRue County (12-7) hosts Hart County at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Matt Tyson can be reached at 270-505-1425 or mtyson@thenewsenterprise.com.

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