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Senior Dan Sanders tossed a 1-hit shutout to lead the Collins baseball team to a 10-0, 5-inning victory over visiting Henry County on Tuesday night, the Titans’ Senior Night.
Sanders gave up a single to Landon New to start the game, and that was it. He finished with eight strikeouts to improve to 9-0 on the season.
Sanders had plenty of offensive support as the Titans (27-6) scored one run in the first inning, two each in the second and third and then plated five in the fourth to end the game early.
Senior Austin Perry led their 7-hit attack, going 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Senior David Decker added a pair of RBIs, and junior Zac Wiley scored two runs against the Wildcats (17-14).
The Titans closed out their regular season Thursday at Scott County.
BASEBALL: SCHS takes 2
In its first game since losing to crosstown-rival Collins, Shelby County beat Bullitt Central, 7-2, Tuesday night in Shepherdsville.
“Having not played since last Wednesday, the Bullitt Central game was very important to get back into the swing of things,” Rockets Coach Bart “Rudy” Roettger said.
Shelby County scored three runs in the first inning, one in the second and three in the sixth to beat the Cougars (13-15-1), who scored two runs in the third.
Kevin Veeley’s 3-run homer in the top of the first jump-started the Rockets.
In the second Dillon Boone was hit by a pitch, and Jakub Noonan, Boone’s courtesy runner, advanced to second on Kyle Durbin’s ground out before scoring on an error.
In the sixth, Zach Holmes led off with a walk, moved to second on Austin Rhodes’ sacrifice, to third on Boone’s ground out and scored on Durbin’s single to center field. Durbin then stole second, advanced to third on Tyler Eades’s single and scored on a wild pitch. The next batter, Kipp Moore, tripled home Eades.
“Austin Rhodes and Tyler Eades continued to show why they are the ultimate team players,” Roettger said. “Whether it's Austin Rhodes forcing the defense to make mistakes, moving baserunners or grinding out quality at-bats. Tyler's effort can never be questioned. Anytime he steps between the lines he gives one hundred and ten percent. Tonight, it was Tyler Eades beating out an infield hit with two outs that allowed a run to score. Little things like that have paid off for us all year.”
Boone picked up the victory, allowing two earned runs on two hits while walking three and striking out five in five innings. Kyler Dugle and Moore each pitched an inning of hitless relief (Moore walked two and struck out two in the seventh).
“It was important for our guys to see live pitching and for Dillon, Kipp and Kyler to get work,” Roettger said. “Dillon hadn't pitched since April 30, [and] Kipp and Kyler hadn't pitched since April 27, so getting work for all of them was important.”
It was the eighth victory of the season (against no losses) for Boone, the most by a Shelby pitcher since Chris Marlowe went 8-0 in 2002.
“It was good to see Dillon get some live game action,” Roettger said. “I probably needed to do a better job of getting him some time on the mound in between his last start, but with how the schedule played out, we just didn't get him on the bump like we, [pitching] coach [Jarred] Robin and I, wanted to. With that being said, he did fine. Take away a third-inning hiccup, he competed like Dillon does best.”
Dugle added a pair of hits for the Rockets.
SCHS 7, ATHERTON 4:The Rockets built an early 5-0 lead Wednesday, then held off a comeback by the Rebels (19-11) on their Senior Night at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.
They scored two runs in the first and second innings and another in the third before Atherton answered with three in the fifth and one in the sixth to pull within 5-4. However Shelby County scored twice – on an RBI-triple by Moore and an RBI-single by Dugle – in the bottom of the sixth to preserve the victory.
Moore finished 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple, two RBIs and three runs scored. Holmes went 3-for-3, and Dugle and Durbin added two hits apiece.
Eades earned the victory, giving up three unearned runs on five hits while walking two. Noonan pitched the final two innings, allowing one earned run on three hits while striking out two.
The Rockets ended their regular season Thursday night at South Oldham.
SOFTBALL: Collins 15, Nelson County 1
Freshman catcher Janelle Hynes went 4-for-4 with three doubles and five RBIs to lead the Titans in a 5-inning games on their Senior Night. Hynes didn’t do it alone, though.
Senior Bailey Rankin went 2-for-3, with a double, home run, four RBIs and three runs scored, and senior Lauren Shepherd added three hits for Collins, which scored six runs in the second and third innings and added three more in the fourth.
Sophomore Shelbi Poehlein and junior Sydney Cloyd had two RBIs apiece.
Shepherd earned the victory, giving up an earned run (in the third inning) on five hits while walking two and striking out two.
Collins closes out its regular season Saturday at DuPont Manual’s Round Robin. The Titans play John Hardin at 10 a.m. and Henderson County at 1:30 p.m.
SOFTBALL: SCHS 10, Spencer County 2
The Rockets pounded 15 hits, and freshman Savannah Smeaton earned a complete-game victory on Wednesday night at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.
Six players – senior Keaton Jesse, freshmen Sydney Wright, Tori McGuire and Jessie Vermillion and seventh-graders Brianna Waits and Hannah Webb – had two hits apiece for the Rockets (11-20). McGuire and Waits had two RBIs each, and Wright, Webb and Smeaton scored twice.
Smeaton gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking one and striking out seven.
Shelby County closes out its regular season with a pair of games Saturday at Franklin County. The Rockets play the host Flyers at 6 p.m., then take on 19th-ranked North Laurel at 7:30 p.m.