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SCHS pounds Oldham early, often, 15-8

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By The Staff

Shelby County’s hot offense continued to burn up the opposition.

On Tuesday evening, the Rockets scored five runs in the first inning and went on to pound rival Oldham County, 15-8, at Clear Creek Park.

The Rockets (15-8) had trailed before overpowering South Oldham last week with a 9-run outburst, but this time they didn’t wait to grab the lead.

The Rockets had 14 hits and took advantage of six walks and six hit batters by Oldham County’s pitchers.

In the first, U of L signee Jarred Clarkson, who had three hits, doubled home a run and then scored on a double by first baseman Eric Standafer. Oldham County starter James Knezevich then walked four consecutive batters and hit another to give SCHS its 5-0 lead.

The Colonels (14-8) got three runs in their half of the second, but SCHS got two in the second, one in the third and broke it open with six runs in the fourth, keyed by a 2-run single by Clarkson and a run-scoring double by Standafer.

Top two hitters Nick Hamblen and James Wright, who Shelby Coach Bart Roettger calls the keys to s team’s potent offense, combined for three hits, scored four runs and knocked in two.

“They really dictate how we go,” he told The Courier-Journal after the game. “Not only do they use their speed and put the ball in play, but they’re selective and get on base by walking a lot.”

Pitcher Jordan Bailey (1-1) got the victory for Shelby County.

SCHS spent the time since that game losing to the weather. Rain postponed a double-header last Saturday with Edmondson County and Thursday's Senior Night game against Butler.

They are scheduled to play Warren East and Cumberland County in a double-header at Campbellsville on Saturday.