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Late run pushes Hornets beyond Lanesville in 7th

Late run pushes Hornets beyond Lanesville in 7th
Late run pushes Hornets beyond Lanesville in 7th
Isaac Casabella squares around to bunt a ball down the third base line in the final inning. Casabella reached safely. Photo by Brian Smith

Unable to deliver in run-scoring situations with regularity, Lanesville fell in a tight Southern Athletic Conference baseball game on the road Thursday, 3-2 to Henryville.
The Hornets loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh in a tie ballgame, bringing the game-winner across the dish on a wild pitch.
With one out, Lanesville intentionally walked Ian Stumpf to load the bases, setting up force outs at every base. Relief pitcher Mitchell Bailey’s next fastball was high, clipping off the mitt of catcher Noah Jones, allowing Kade Badger to slide in for the final run.
Lanesville never led in the contest but was never behind by more than a single run.
‘We were 0 for 6 with less than two outs with a runner at third,’ Lanesville coach Zach Payne said. ‘That’s what this game came down to. Our pitchers were OK today. They probably weren’t at their best, but they did enough to keep us in the game, giving up only three runs in seven innings. We have to take advantage of our opportunities at the plate.’
A Luke Stock RBI single in the first inning gave Henryville a slim 1-0 lead.
It wasn’t long before the Eagles evened the score. In the second, Jones led off with a double to right. Courtesy runner Jensin Philpott eventually scored after being moved to third via a Logan Sutherland ground out. Philpott raced home on a passed ball.
Lanesville had a chance to take the lead in the fourth after the half inning before Isaac Casabella took away a single with a nose-diving catch in center. Aaron Lockman was hit by a pitch then was followed by singles from Jones and Ethan Purdy to load the bases. The Eagles weren’t able to punch a run across versus Henryville lefty Austin Roth. He was able to get Sutherland to strike out and Owen Kerr to ground out back to the bump.
‘We’ve seen him before and, anytime we see a pitcher with his stuff, we talk about hitting middle and the other way,’ Payne said. ‘Our guys were mostly looking to yank everything. He’s a good pitcher that throws a lot of strikes. This is third time we’ve seen him, and every time he throws a lot of strikes. We have to be better ready to hit the ball.’
After giving up a lead-off walk to Stumpf in the fourth, Lanesville swapped Gabe Gowens in to pitch for Sutherland. Gowens gave up a well-placed bunt single down the third-base line to Roth.
The next batter, Chase Hines, grounded out to allow pinch runner Alec Drollinger to score for a 2-1 Henryville lead.
A walk to Lanesville’s Lockman and a double off the bat of Zach Fink to begin the top of the sixth couldn’t produce a run for the visitors. A pair of fly outs and a strikeout ended the threat for the Eagles.
‘We have to stop giving up so early on curve balls,’ Payne said. ‘(Borden’s) Lucas McNew does the same thing to us, a lot of curve balls. We told our guys to not be afraid to hit it hard the other way. It’s an approach. We will get better at it, and we hope to see him again (in sectional).’
A two-out rally in the seventh produced the game-tying run. Casabella put down a bunt toward third base, racing safely to first. A bad throw allowed Casabella to reach second base. Then, Mitchell Bailey lined a shot to left. Casabella was safe at home, but Bailey was cut down at second base on the relay throw from the outfield.
Henryville, however, took advantage of a pair of Bailey walks in the seventh to score the winning run.
‘We have to be a little more aware of situations, especially when in scoring position late in games,’ Payne said. ‘Overall, somebody has to step up other than Mitchell with a big hit. Base running is something we are always working on, and we will get better. We work on scoring runners from third with less than two outs, too. We are a young team but will get better.’
Sutherland and Gowens each tossed three innings, while Bailey pitched the seventh. Henryville struck out twice.
Roth was effective for the Hornets, going the distance to allow eight hits and strikeout five.
Bailey, Casabella and Jones had two-hit days for the Eagles.
Henryville sits at 2-0 in SAC play with remaining games against Borden, New Washington and South Central. Lanesville, meanwhile stays in the hunt with a 3-1 mark with final games against Crothersville and New Washington.
Lanesville bounced back to defeat Charlestown on the road Friday, 9-5.

Lanesville 010 000 1 ‘ 2 8 0
Henryville 100 100 1 ‘ 3 7 1
W ‘ Roth, L ‘ M. Bailey.
2B ‘ G. Gowens (L), M. Bailey (L), N. Jones (L).

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