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The schedule has not been easy for the Owen County baseball team. As the season winds down, however, it looks like the degree of difficulty may be paying off.
After playing two games May 4 and 5, the Rebels entered the NCKC Tournament May 6 at Dunavent Field looking to turn things around.
The week began with home games against Woodford County and Scott County. The Rebels hung in with Woodford County for six innings before the Yellow Jackets scored five runs in the seventh to win the game 8-1. Royce Neeley pitched six strong innings allowing the visitors just two earned runs on four hits while striking out seven.
The Cardinals from Scott County paid a visit to Dunavent Field May 5.
Collin Gamble had a big night for the Rebels going 2 for 3 with a home run and five runs batted in.
The team fell short, however losing 10-6. Zach McDonald had a double and scored a run in the loss. Neeley had a RBI groundout.
Following the varsity game against Scott County, the JV team pulled off a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.
Stone Osborne pitched three innings allowing two runs on two hits. He struck out four.
Jarrod Ball pitched the final two innings giving up a run on two hits and striking out three.
Ball ended the game by striking out the final hitter of the game with the bases loaded. Trevor Williams’ two-out hit with the bases loaded scored two runs to give Owen County the lead.
The Rebels opened up play in the NCKC Tournament May 6 by hosting Williamstown. Owen County picked up the 10-8 win to advance to take on Walton-Verona Saturday in the semifinals at Dunavent Field.
The Rebels defeated the Bearcats 2-0 behind the pitching of Jordan Cox who threw a complete-game shutout, striking out seven hitters.
Owen County looked like they were going to pull off a win in the championship game against Carroll County. They led 6-1 heading into the seventh inning.
The Panthers, however, managed to score six runs in the inning to get the 7-6 win.
A couple of Owen County errors and a pair of home runs by Carroll County fueled the comeback
Neeley, Cox and Denny O’Toole were named to the all-tournament team.
Neeley pitched 12 innings allowing four earned runs and striking out 13. He also had a win. Cox had the complete game against Walton-Verona while O’Toole went 5 for 9 in the tournament with four runs batted in and three runs scored.
The team went to Frankfort High School Monday, and the Rebels won, 14-1.
Tuesday they played at Western Hills. They’ll finish the home portion of the schedule Thursday against DuPont Manual. They play in the first round of the 31st district tournament Monday against Gallatin County. The game will be played at Henry County.