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Commanders knock out Tigers

May 23, 2012
Bardstown High School

Bardstown hosted top-seeded Washington County on Monday night in the first round of the 19th District baseball tournament, but fielding miscues made the Tigers’ postseason stay a short one, falling to the Commanders 6-2.

Washington County will face Bethlehem tonight at 6 p.m. at Bardstown in the championship. Both teams advance to Monday’s 5th Region tournament at Elizabethtown; pairings will be announced Saturday morning.

Mistakes took their toll on the Tigers, who came up short despite outhitting Washington County 11-6, particularly in the fourth inning when the Commanders scored twice without recording a hit.

“That’s been our thing this year,” said Bardstown coach Glenn Koger. “We’re really good when we make our plays, but any time you give a team four or five outs in an inning, you’re going to get yourself in trouble. Give Washington County credit, they got the hits after our miscues and put pressure on us by taking extra bases.”

Washington County scored four runs in the first two innings, including a two-run double by Thomas Spalding in the second.

Back-to-back hits by Jonathan Greer and Marcus Cosby in the fourth inning gave Bardstown its best early scoring opportunity off Washington County starter Blake Smith, and Matt Bond capitalized with a sacrifice fly to put the Tigers on the board.

In the bottom of the fourth, after Markus Reardon had already reached base on an error, Spalding made it all the way to third base after Bardstown misplayed his bunt attempt, scoring Reardon from first. Spalding later scored on a wild pitch.

“They made a couple of errors there in the fourth inning and gave us a couple of runs,” Washington County coach Derek Schuler said, “but Blake did a great job on the mound and our kids played some great defense for us.”

The Tigers put three hits together in the fifth inning, including a RBI single by Dillon O’Daniel, but they couldn’t get any closer.

“I can’t say enough about the four seniors that I have,” Koger said. “This is my fourth year, so they’ve been with me since day one and without them our program would not be anywhere near where it’s gotten.”

Senior Bobby Butler was 3-for-4 with a run scored in his final game with the Tigers, while Cosby and Shunta Muto were each 2-for-3 on the day.

Courtesy of Peter W. Zubaty and the Kentucky Standard.

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