Boys Varsity Baseball · NOHS Baseballs Run Falls Short in Semi-State Game

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Justin Doyle pitched 4 and 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs for North Oldham. Alex Atkins and Logan Beard went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

After winning the Eighth Region title on Tuesday, North Oldham, a team that averaged 9.3 runs per game this spring, struggled offensively.

“It doesn’t matter how good of a hitting team you are, when pitchers execute their pitches like that, there isn’t a whole lot you can do,” North Oldham coach Zach Ivester said.

Doyle worked into trouble in the top of the first inning, but escaped without any damage. Trinity had leadoff singles to begin the game, but Doyle picked off the lead runner by throwing to second baseman Will Hare for the first out.

A strikeout and flyout to centerfielder Brendan McAfee ended the inning.

Doyle had a single to right centerfield  to leadoff the bottom of the second inning, but North Oldham couldn’t capitalize on the base runner. Nick Rose had a sacrifice bunt, but the Mustangs left the runner on third.

Ivester said the Mustangs had a good scouting report on Racculia, but the pitcher made pitches for outs.

“He [Racculia] was keeping us on our heels,” Ivester said. “We had a good idea of what he was going to do, but sometimes you have to tip your cap.”

Trinity scored 3 runs in the third inning.

“I thought his [Doyle] stuff was pretty good, but they [Trinity] did a good job sitting on his fastball,” Ivester said. “They worked themselves into some good counts. They’re tough outs.”

Doyle retired the side in order in fourth inning.

The Mustangs had another scoring opportunity in the bottom half of the inning, but couldn’t scratch across a run. Rose and Hare drew consecutive two-out walks.

Rose stole third to put runners on the corner and Tristan Kellogg at the plate. In a designed steal, Hare broke for second drawing a throw, but Trinity second baseman Jared Bryant caught a throw from pitcher Kaelan Racculia as Rose ran toward home.

The throw from Bryant beat Rose to the plate and Trinity catcher Grant Perry applied a tag for the final out of the inning.

Trinity added to its lead in the fifth inning leading 5-0 lead and then added two more pushing their advantage to seven runs.

Trailing by seven runs, pinch hitter Chris Winger drew a lead off walk in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hunter Hyden was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs.

A single by Jay Smith loaded the bases.

The Mustangs scored their first run on a fielder’s choice off the bat of McAfee that scored Winger. Hyden scored from third on another fielder’s choice on a ground ball from Logan Beard.

Alex Atkins doubled off the left centerfield wall to drive in a run and cut Trinity’s lead to 7-3.

Ivester felt like if the Mustangs could have score one more run in the inning they would be within reach.

“Three feels a lot different than four,” Ivester said. “We were in the right spot in the order where guys start finding gaps.”

A strikeout with Atkins on second ended the inning.

Trinity hit a solo home run to right centerfield to start the seventh inning to give Trinity an 8-3 lead. The Mustangs failed to score in their half of the seventh inning with the scoreboard reading 8-3 Trinity.

North Oldham finished 32-9 on the season setting a record for the most wins ever by a North Oldham baseball team. They were the District and 8th Region Champions! What a year! Congratulations Mustangs on a fantastic season!