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Walks doom Trimble in season-opening loss
Courier Sports Staff
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:00 AM
Trimble County out-hit Owen County but issued 15 free passes and the result was a 10-6 loss in the Raiders' baseball season opener Monday in Bedford.
The Raiders had eight hits to Owen's six but issued 11 walks and hit four batters to give the Rebels' offense a boost. Owen took advantage by scoring all 10 of its runs in the first three innings then holding off a late Trimble rally.
"We finished better than we started," Trimble coach Frank Ragland said. "There were a lot of positives and a lot of things that we can take away from it. One of the biggest positives is that we found a guy tonight I think we can rely on. Jacob Childs pitched really well for us."
Childs, a junior, came into the game in the third with the Raiders down 9-1 and proceeded to shut Owen down. He allowed one unearned run on two hits in four innings with six strikeouts and three walks.
"He really pitched well. He threw strikes and was around the plate enough that the few walks he allowed didn't hurt us," Ragland said.
Trailing 10-1, Trimble mounted a big rally in the fifth inning where it scored five times to close the gap to four. The Raiders threatened again in the sixth but failed to dent the plate.
Michael Dunaway had two hits while Zack Beard had a hit and two RBIs. Hunter Duncan had a double and Andrew Young, Connor Beard and Brian Haney had one hit each.
Zack Beard started and took the loss after giving up six runs in one inning. Young followed him to the mound and allowed three runs in two innings before turning the ball over to Childs.
Trimble, now 0-1 overall and 0-1 in the North Central Kentucky Conference, hosts Henry County today.
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