The Eminence Warriors’ baseball team hosted Gallatin County on May 6 and fell to the Wildcats 12-0 in five innings. With the win Gallatin County clinched the top seed in the district tournament that starts next week
The Wildcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first but the Warriors kept it close until a six-run fifth inning did them in.
“They had two on and two outs and we made an error that opened the door for them to score four runs,” Coach Jay Virgin said. “We should have been out of the inning without any runs.”
Defensively the Warriors improved, allowing only two runs in the fourth inning before the floodgates opened in the final inning. Gallatin teed off for five hits, a walk and were the beneficiaries of two Warrior errors to score six runs in the fifth.
Offensively the Warriors struggled to find holes in the Wildcats’ defense. They had three hits in the game and were the victim of some bad luck in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with one out. Mitchell Metten hit a hard shot down the first base line that was snagged by the first baseman who touched first to get the double play and end the inning.
“We only had three strikeouts in the game and we hit some hard shots that were right at the defense a few times,” Virgin said. “But I’m not making excuses, that’s just baseball. Sometimes you hit the ball well and get nothing to show for it.”
Virgin complimented his left fielder Cameron Mathis for his efforts on defense.
“Cameron, for a freshman, reads the ball well and is a bright prospect for the future,” he said. “He reads the ball well.”
Williamstown 16 EHS 1
The Warriors traveled to Wiiliamstown on Thursday evening and fell victim to a rough start. The Warriors’ pitching staff struggled early with wildness and Williamstown took advantage, racking up 11 first inning runs.
“This was a disappointing loss and a setback on our progress as far as hitting and pitching,” Virgin said. “We need to throw strikes and we definitely did not do that. We hit four of the first eight batters”
Virgin used three pitchers to get out of the ugly first inning and five in the game.
Offensively, the Warriors struck out seven times.
“We reverted back to not being aggressive at the plate,” Virgin said.
The Warriors finally got their bats going in the top of the fifth when Hayden Hoofman led off with a double and Austin Perry followed with an RBI single. But it was too little too late as the Warriors fell in five innings.
With the loss the Warriors dropped to 1-15 while Williamstown improved to 5-18.