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Experience is important. Even if how you come by it is difficult.
The Owen County High School baseball team took some lumps in 2010. The team finished with just four wins last year and is hoping that going through that experience will only make them stronger in 2011.
The team lost only three seniors from last year’s squad.
Byron Robertson, Brody Layton and Kyle Kelly graduated meaning that many of those coming back this year have valuable experience. This year’s roster does not include a single senior.
The team began the season Monday at Trimble County. They should become very comfortable playing away from home as they will not play their first home game until April 12 when they host Gallatin County.
The schedule boasts six tournaments. The Rebels will play in the Leadoff Classic at Woodford County this weekend and will return for the Chandler Classic in April. Early in April they will travel to Louisville for the Eastern/Male Spring Break Tournament. They will play in the Eighth Region All “A” Classic and the NCKC Tournament. The team will also host the Owen County Invitational where they will welcome Lloyd, Frankfort and Williamstown to Owenton the last weekend in April.
The Rebels open the home portion of the schedule in April against 31st District rival Gallatin County. The team will host Henry County April 18 and play at Carroll County April 26. Carroll County finished last year 20-11, Henry County 16-14 and Gallatin County went 8-16.
Heading into the season, the Rebels are hoping to build on the momentum they had as last year ended. Owen County won its final regular season game last year at home over Grant County in extra innings.
They then pushed eventual 31st district champions Carroll County to extra innings before falling 2-1 to close out the year.
Owen County will be looking for its first trip to the Eighth Region Tournament since 2007 when they reached the semifinals. That season also marked the last time the team captured the 31st district title.