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Trimble falls on perfect game by South Oldham
Courier Sports Staff
Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:00 AM
Trimble County baseball was unable to crack South Oldham pitcher Eddie Mathis on Wednesday as the Raiders fell 3-0 as the Dragons' ace tossed a perfect game.
Mathis, who has been a thorn in the side of Trimble for almost five years, striuck out 10 Raiders and did not allow a base runner in the District 29 seeding game in Crestwood, Ky.
"He's just a nice pitcher," Trimble head coach Frank Ragland said of Mathis. "We hadn't played in a week and to face a guy like him after a week off is tough. He's a veteran guy who's had our number the past five years. We put the ball in play a few times against him but nothing too hard. He did a nice job."
The game itself was a pitcher's duel between Mathis and Trimble County's Zack Beard through the first five innings as neither team was unable to score. South Oldham finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth after Trimble allowed the Dragons to score all three of their runs in the frame.
"We hit four batters tonight and walked six," Ragland said. "They only had four hits in the game but we gave them 10 extra runners so it felt like giving up 14 hits. Take those away and who knows what would have happened."
Beard got the start for Trimble and worked well in his five innings of work, giving up just one hit while walking four and striking out six.
"Zack really held his composure well tonight," Ragland noted. "Our defense made some plays behind him and he got some big outs. Had it not been for the All 'A' coming up next week I probably would have left him in there longer but we need him next week."
Jacob Lindon picked up the loss on the mound for the Raiders. Lindon pitched the sixth inning and gave up three runs on three hits while walking two.
Trimble County (3-5) gets another crack at the Dragons today when they host South Oldham.
"The good thing is we don't have to face Mathis again," Ragland said with a chuckle. "But with that being said and another pitcher on the mound I will be disappointed if we can't muster up enough offense the second time around."
Shawe dealt 27-0 beating by Class 3A No. 6 Charlestown
The start of the 2014 season didn't get any easier for Shawe baseball on Wednesday with the Hilltoppers falling 27-0 to Charlestown at Post 9 Field.
After absorbing a 22-2 beating by defending Class A regional champion Rising Sun last week to open the season, the Hilltoppers matched up Wednesday with a bigger Charlestown team that came into the week ranked sixth in Class 3A.
The Pirates plated three runs in the top of the first inining and then launched an all-out assault on the Hilltoppers over the next two innings. Charlestown took advantage of several hits and nine Shawe errors to score 10 runs in the second and 13 in the third for a commanding 26-0 lead.
Charlestown added one more in the top of the fifth before the game ended via the 10-run rule. Meanwhile, Shawe was being limited to just one hit in the game.
"The positive was we held them in check for three of the five innings played," Shawe head coach Matt Forner said. "The bad thing is we gave up 23 runs in two innings and committed nine errors in that stretch. Combine the errors with playing a very good team and it never works out well. They are a solid team that is very well-coached."
Brad Koehler had the lone hit for the Hilltoppers.
Grayson Rhoten was tagged with the loss on the mound. The Shawe starter worked into the third inning but was replaced after his pitch count started to climb.
"He had a few control problems but when he adjusted he started doing much better," Forner said of Rhoten. "We brought Zach Brooks and Kaelan Jines in relief who both settled in as well and showed some potential for us."
Shawe (0-2) hosts Class A No. 3 South Central on Friday.
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