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BASEBALL: Bears Open Season 3-1

Photo by Jeremy Hack
Bears beat Barren County, notch third straight win
GLASGOW - Butler County claimed its third straight win over the weekend, beating host Barren County 11-4 on Saturday.
With the win, Butler County improved to 3-1.
Barren County dropped to 1-3 with the loss. 
Warren Cameron was the winning pitcher for the Bears. Cameron allowed one hit and two runs over three innings, striking out six. Two other Butler County pitchers, Hunter McKee and Eli Lewis, entered the game from the bullpen and helped to close out the matchup in relief.
Barren County pitcher Jackson Mutter took the loss. Mutter worked four innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits and striking out three.
The Bears doubled up Barren County 10-5 in the hits column and overcame six errors.
Cameron, McKee, Landon Cardwell and Duane Daniel delivered multiple hits for the Bears. Cameron led Butler County at the plate, connecting for three hits in four at-bats.
Taye Poynter went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Barren County in the hits column.
The Bears are scheduled to host Barren County for a rematch on April 11.
Bears blank Russellville 15-0 in four innings
MORGANTOWN - Butler County dominated in an early-season high school baseball matchup on Thursday, blanking visiting Russellville 15-0 in four innings. 
With the win, Butler County evened its record to 1-1.
Russellville slipped to 0-3 with the loss. 
Butler County pitcher Hunter McKee earned the win. McKee pitched three innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits while striking out seven and walking zero. Jake McKee threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen to close out the game for the Bears.
Offensively, Butler County, under the direction of head coach Keith Butler, collected eight hits. Hunter McKee, Leevi McMillin and Warren Cameron led Butler County with two hits apiece.  
Russellville committed four errors in the loss. 


Ohio County 7, Butler County 1
Butler County was unable to prevail in a high school baseball season opener at home at the start of the week. Instead, visiting Ohio County opened the 2019 high school baseball season with a win, upending the Bears 7-1 on Monday.
Familiar foes, Butler County and Ohio County are longtime Third Region rivals. 
Travis Fulkerson led Ohio County to the victory. On the mound, Fulkerson allowed only one hit over six innings and earned the win. Also excelling offensively, Fulkerson went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Tanner Batts belted a home run and drove in two runs as Ohio County won. Batts, Wade Everley and Alex Reyes scored two runs apiece for the Eagles in the winning effort.
Ohio County scored first and never trailed. The Eagles led 7-0 before Butler County answered with its first run.
Butler County pitcher Warren Cameron suffered the loss.
Defensively, Butler County committed three errors.
Bears edge Hancock County, 6-5
HAWESVILLE - Remaining in the win column, Butler County edged host Hancock County 6-5 in an early-season high school baseball game on Friday, March 22.
Longtime Third Region rivals, Butler County and Hancock County swapped leads before the Bears scored three times in the top half of the fifth inning.
Each team recorded six hits and four errors in the early-season matchup. 
Senior Duane Daniel started on the pitcher's mound for the Bears. Daniel lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing four hits and five runs while striking out one.
Cody Axton was on the pitcher's mound for the Hornets. Axton surrendered six runs on five hits over five innings, striking out three and walking one. 
Eighth grader Reese Hudson went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Butler County in the hits column. Accompanying Hudson in the Butler County hits column, Hunter McKee, Warren Cameron, Landon Caldwell and Leevi McMillin contributed one hit apiece.
Cory Axton led Hancock County at the plate, providing two hits in four at-bats.
Photos by Jeremy M. Hack, Beech Tree News

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