Early errors cost Carroll in 9-2 baseball setback at Kentucky Country Day
Monday, March 25, 2013 11:00 AM
A makeshift lineup produced five early errors and that was enough to saddle Carroll County with a 9-2 baseball loss Saturday at Kentucky Country Day.
"We made six errors defensively, five in the first three innings," said Carroll head coach Jimmy Ray. "We dug ourselves a hole we couldn't overcome. We had two starters missing and one starter leave the game in the second inning due to a minor injury. We tried some kids in different spots hoping for them to gain some experience that will help us out as the season goes along."
Trey Boles started and took the tough loss for Carroll, giving up eight runs - mostly due to the five early errors - in three innings of work. Zakk Hicks pitched the other three innings and gave up the other run.
"Trey pitched well and was ahead in the count on almost all the batters he faced," Ray said. "He had 13 first-pitch strikes and only allowed one walk. The defense got better as the game went on but it was a little late."
The Panthers were led at the plate by Jacob Wise, who was 2-for-4, Austin Dunn, who was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and Hicks, who was 2-for-3. However, the Panthers' didn't produce much offense off those hits.
"We had some opportunities to have some nice innings but they fell apart," Ray said. "We got picked off base to end the second inning with two people on. We left two runners on in the sixth and seventh innings. The seventh inning we had runners on second and third with no outs in the heart of our order and struck out the next three times.
"Hitting is going to be our Achilles heel," Ray said. "Like I have mentioned before, we have lots of work to do when it comes to hitting. We need to work on the mental side of it and we need to break some bad habits as well."
At the same time, Ray said that Country Day played well and took advantage of the mistakes the Panthers made.
"I am not taking anything away from KCD. They are a strong team who hit it and fielded it well," Ray said. "They took advantage of our mistakes like a good team should. I believe our defense will be fine as the season goes along. We are like everyone else and haven't had much time to practice on the field. Our pitchers threw the ball well."
On Friday the Panthers coasted to an 11-0 six-inning win at Williamstown on a combined two-hitter by Dillon Craig and Keifer McIntyre. Craig got the start and worked the first five innings to get the win.
Carroll did the bulk of its damage in a six-run second inning but the Panthers also scored a run each in the first and third innings before invoking the mercy rule with a three-run sixth.
Boles led the Panthers with three hits and two RBIs while Craig had two hits and an RBI.
Carroll County, now 2-2, is scheduled to visit Switzerland County on Tuesday in Vevay before hosting Trimble County on Wednesday.