Trinity halts Meade’s win streak




RICH FAIRMAN

Sports Reporter


The Meade County High School Greenwave baseball team has been on a roll since their opening day loss to DeSales. Since that loss back on March 31, they have been on a rising six-game winning streak. Also, over spring break the team won the Kenton Hall Memorial Wood Bat tournament in Bardstown. But Meade found some difficulties when they returned to their home field on April 13 when they hosted the Trinity (Louisville) Shamrocks. Trinity came into the game sporting an undefeated record which stood at 9-0.

Head coach Justin Amburgy went with his ace on the mound, senior Tucker Crawley, who would last 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits, five strikeouts and walked a pair of batters, but it was not the pitching that got Meade in trouble quickly—it was their fielding. After Crawley struck out the first two batters he faced, he gave up a single to the next batter, then Trinity would score a pair of runs in the top of the first on an error to take a two-run lead. Crawley got out of the inning striking out the next batter.

“Our pitching has been strong all season so far. We really haven’t had to use a lot of our pitchers due to everyone’s been coming out strong each time they take the mound,” senior catcher Ben Banks said of the Greenwaves pitching this season. “Tucker looked good, but I mean every once and a while you’re going to have a guy make contact, and that’s when we need to rely on our fielders to back him up. Our pitchers make the other teams earn anything they get; they are definitely not giving them anything easy to hit. We are definitely stronger pitching wise than we thought we were going to be.”

Before Crawley could settle in, Trinity scored three more runs in the top of the second after the lead off batter drew a walk, then Crawley gave up a pair of singles to the outfield and a stand up double to right to take the 5-0 lead.

Meade was also struggling at the plate. The team didn’t get their first hit of the game until the bottom of the sixth where senior Justin Hiner drove in senior Dylan Abell on a line drive to center field. Meade would score one more run in the inning on an error to make the score 8-2 before Trinity cold get out of the inning.

“We had a tough day in the field today. We know we’re better than this and it’s shown in the last six games. Just today we made some mental errors, and it hurt us,” senior second basemen Brady Dawson said of Meade’s fielding during the game. “We all have experience, we’ve done our part in the program, and Coach Burg makes sure we stay down and field properly, but sometimes things happen. We need to get better at seeing the ball off the bat and taking a step back rather than forward. We just had some miscues in the field that we’re going to have to work on tomorrow in practice.”


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