INTERSTATE BATTLE: The ball gets away from Southwestern catcher Tristan Embs (above) as Trimble County’s Hunter Duncan slides into home with the Raiders’ final run of an 8-6 win over the Rebels on Saturday in Bedford, Ky. Southwestern’s Matt Schwartz takes his lead off third base (below) as Trimble closer Jacob Childs delivers a pitch in the top of the seventh inning. (Staff photos by Mark Campbell)
INTERSTATE BATTLE: The ball gets away from Southwestern catcher Tristan Embs (above) as Trimble County’s Hunter Duncan slides into home with the Raiders’ final run of an 8-6 win over the Rebels on Saturday in Bedford, Ky. Southwestern’s Matt Schwartz takes his lead off third base (below) as Trimble closer Jacob Childs delivers a pitch in the top of the seventh inning. (Staff photos by Mark Campbell)
Trimble County scored in every inning but the second and weathered a pair of late Southwestern rallies for an 8-6 win over the Rebels in a interstate baseball battle Saturday in Bedford, Ky.

The Raiders, who broke an eight-game losing streak, scored solo runs in the first and third innings before getting two each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings for their total. Southwestern scored two runs in each of the last two innings but it wasn't enough.

"We needed a win - we needed a win real bad," Trimble County coach Frank Ragland said of the skid stopper. "We came out and played well, played relaxed, hit the ball pretty well and got good pitching and played good defense.

"Southwestern hits the ball and we had to hit with them and score and we did that ... We moved runners when we had the chance and we haven't been able to do that recently," Ragland added. "We got bunts down when we had the chance and we haven't been doing that recently and got some hits with runners in scoring position that we've been needing."

Trimble County (4-10) got its run in the first when Connor Beard reached on an error and scored on Zack Beard's two-out basehit.

Southwestern (1-5) took its only lead of the game with a pair of runs in the top of the third when Michael Baker-Conover and Logan Sprong were each hit by a pitch and scored when the Raiders committed an error on a single by Tristan Embs.

Trimble answered with a run in the bottom of the third when Michael Dunaway tripled and scored on Zack Beard's basehit. The Raiders went ahead for good with two runs in the fourth when Andrew Young singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Robert Harris and Harris came in a batter later on an error.

"Michael Dunaway gets that leadoff triple in the third and let me tell you he was rumbling," Ragland said of his 6-foot-6 first baseman. "That hit kind of started us a little bit."

The Raiders picked up two more runs in the fifth to go ahead 6-2 when Harris and Brad Ginn picked up RBIs.

Southwestern answered when Gage Hartman plated two runs for the Rebels in the top of the sixth with a single but Trimble pushed two more runs across in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Jacob Lindon and a sacrifice fly from Young to push the lead back to 8-4.

The first two batters for Southwestern reached in the seventh and scored on Robbie Stoner's basehit, but the Rebels' comeback ended there.

"I think we're pretty evenly matched," Southwestern coach Derik Hutton said of the Rebels and Raiders. "We came out and swung the bats a lot better today. Defensively? We've still got a lot of work to do. We had eight errors and that's just too many."

According to Hutton, defense is a matter of consistency for his young Rebels. At times Southwestern showed it's athleticism - like a pair of relays that helped cut down Raider runners at home - while other times the team showed its youth by botching routine plays.

"We showed glimpses of what they can do - of the talent. We just need more of that throughout the game," Hutton said. "It kind of goes with playing five freshmen. They've played a lot of baseball but they've never played higher level baseball and I think mentally they are finally getting used to what it takes to play at the high school level. We've seen improvements and that's what you want to see."

Harris went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs for Trimble while Zack Beard was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Young was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.

Hartman was 3-for-4 and Embs was 2-for-3 with a run for Southwestern.

Zack Beard picked up the win for Trimble County, allowing four runs - three earned - on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in six innings. Jayde Ary went the distance for Southwestern, striking out two and walking two while allowing 10 hits.

Both coaches were well satisfied by the work they received on the mound.

"Zack threw well early, got in a little trouble in the third or fourth inning and Jacob Chiles came in and got the job done in the seventh and closed it out," Ragland said.

"Jayde Ary did a great job on the mound for us, "Hutton said. "For a freshman to come in and pitch a complete game is great. He had to throw a few more pitches than I would have liked but that's because the defense didn't make enough plays for him.

"I think we got better today," Hutton added. "It was good for us to compete against a team that was very similar in ability. It is a step in the right direction even though we had our problems defensively. They're staying after it and I'm encouraged by them."

Both teams return to action today. Southwestern visits South Ripley while Trimble travels to Kentucky Country Day.

Madison splits twinbill at 3A No. 4 Silver Creek

Madison played perhaps its most impressive baseball to date on Saturday while splitting a doubleheader at Silver Creek.

Silver Creek, ranked fourth in Class 3A, was upset 4-1 by the Cubs in game one.

Madison had two timely home runs in the game. Ethan Leach launched a solo shot and Derek Anderson blasted a two-run bomb.

Sophomore left-hander Carson Compton made his first varsity start on the mound and baffled the Dragons the entire way. Compton gave up Silver Creek's lone run on just four hits while walking only one and striking out three.

"Carson was terrific in game one," Madison head coach Shannon Barger said. "He was ahead of hitters all day which allowed our defense to be on their toes and play well. We turned a terrific double play in the seventh. We had some timely hits to help him get the win."

A big second inning sent Silver Creek to a narrow 7-5 win the game two.

The Dragons reeled off seven runs in the bottom of the second as the Cubs walked four batters and committed three errors in the inning. The Dragons then held on as Madison scored five runs in a comeback effort.

Tanner Sauley led Madison with two hits.

"We were not as fortunate in game two," Barger said. "Too many walks and too many mistakes in the field and on the base paths. We outhit them for the game and Kyle Sauley pitched terrific in relief. Overall it was a good day for the Cubs."

Madison, now 3-4 on the season, visits Switzerland County today.