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Warriors bow out in tourney

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EHS baseball

By Greg Woods

The Eminence Warriors’ baseball season ended on May 19 in the first round of the 31st district baseball tournament when they fell to the
Owen County Rebels 10-0.

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After Austin Jones doubled to start the game for the Warriors, they struggled to string together hits and failed to score.

Owen County got a run in the bottom of the inning. Cole Lawson got the first batter out in the inning before a walk, a stolen base and an error moved the runner to third. A sacrifice fly brought the runner home to make the score 1-0.

The Warriors had their best threat of the game in the second inning when Mitchell Metten led off with a double. Travis Bell followed with a single to move Metten to third base. Bell then stole second base to give the Warriors runners on second and third with no outs. The Warriors were not able to get the runners home, however.

Owen County broke loose for six runs in the second inning. The Rebels took advantage of four Warrior errors in the inning to go along with two walks and six hits.

The Warriors again got two runners on in the third. Cole Lawson was hit by a pitch with two outs before Bell got another base hit. Again the Warriors were unable to get a runner across the plate.

Owen County added a run in the third and two in the fourth to make it 10-0 and the Warriors went down in order for the first time in the game in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.

“We were pitching well but we had three errors in a row in the infield that really hurt us,” assistant coach Ryan Paris said. “I’m not taking anything away from Owen County. They hit the ball well, but we have to make the routine plays. We haven’t been able to get over the hump on making easy plays.”

Paris was pleased to see that the team’s hitting continued to improve.

“One definite improvement was that we began to hit the ball a lot better,” he said. “Not just at the top of the order but all down the lineup. We cut down on strikeouts and put the ball in play.”

Paris looked to the future in assessing the season.

“The biggest thing the young guys need is to play as much as they can in the off-season,” Paris said. “That’s where you get better. Our young kids get to play varsity and little league. They need to take advantage of that.

“They have got to realize they can be a real baseball team,” he continued. “But like all sports you have to work hard at it and learn to make the easy plays.”

Paris thinks the team will see much improvement with a little hard work.

“If our kids coming back can smooth out the little things and continue to improve their hitting as they did this year, they could start to see some success,” Paris said.